Zaytoun Gaza Kitchen Cook Book - Paperback
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The Gaza Kitchen is a richly illustrated cookbook that explores the distinctive cuisine and food heritage of the area known prior to 1948 as the Gaza District - and that of the many refugees from elsewhere in Palestine who came to Gaza in 1948 and have been forced to stay there ever since.
In summer 2010, authors Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt travelled the length and breadth of the Gaza Strip to collect the recipes presented in the book. They were also able to build on the extensive knowledge that Laila, herself a Palestinian from Gaza, had gained from family and friends throughout the years.
The 130 recipes presented in this book have all been thoroughly kitchen-tested. Numerous illustrations help readers understand how to perform the listed techniques - and what the finished product should look like. The authors also suggest alternative ingredients and recipe adaptations for cooks working in countries where some of the ingredients may not be easy to find.
The Gaza Kitchen is not only a cookbook. A lot of other things happen in kitchens everywhere, in addition to cooking: conversations, the re-telling of family histories, and the daily drama of surviving and creating spaces for pleasure in an embattled place. In this book, women and men from throughout Gaza tell their stories as they relate to cooking, farming, and the food economy: personal stories, family stories, and descriptions of the broader social and economic system in which they live.
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From the home of the olive tree, Zaytoun found its feet in 2004 as a community interest company, providing support to reams of olive growers in Palestine. Zaytoun sprung from a love of good food – and was initially funded by hundreds of olive oil enthusiasts who gave advance payments for an ethical, wholesome, and artisanal oil that’d offer them that feel-good feeling when splashing it on a salad, or making food for their loved ones.
Zaytoun has expanded massively since then, and now prides itself on building real, living connections between countless Palestinian olive growers and the foodies who know good quality when they taste it.