The Tenacity of Chef Reem Assil

The Palestinian- and Syrian-American chef opens up about the intense racist backlash she faced when her Oakland bakery opened.
Leena Trivedi-Grenier
Middle Eastern food

How Hummus Brought a Palestinian and an Israeli Together to Help Refugees in Berlin

When Jalil Dabit, a Palestinian restaurateur and chef, and Oz Ben David, an Israeli marketing guru, decided to launch Kanaan in Berlin, it was natural for the chickpea purée to feature prominently on the short menu.
Diana Hubbell

Palestinian Refugees Are Starting an All-Female Food Truck in Lebanon

As the leaders of two different NGOs, Mariam Shaar and Myrna Atalla are working together in the hopes of empowering the female residents of Lebanon’s Bourj el-Barajneh refugee camp.
Alex Swerdloff

This Chef Is Bringing the West Bank to a Texan Town

Denton, Texas, might be the last place you'd expect to find iconic Palestinian dishes, but step inside an inconspicuous restaurant called Jasmine's Cafe.
Creede Newton

‘Oriented’ Gives Us an Intimate Look at What It’s Like to Be a Gay Palestinian in Israel

We met with director Jake Witzenfeld to talk about his new documentary that follows the struggles and victories of three young, gay Palestinian men in Tel Aviv.
Sulome Anderson

Gaza's Christians Brew Illegal Wine in Defiance of Hamas

Amid the ongoing violence between Hamas and Israel, Gaza's small Christian community continues to practice its age-old traditions—and that means brewing home-made, illegal wine right under the noses of the people in power.
Ashley Gallagher

Hummus Is a Metaphor for Israeli-Palestinian Tensions

A misguided hashtag activism campaign is asking people to tweet photos of hummus to help bridge the divide between Israelis and Palestinians. But Laila El-Haddad, the co-author of The Gaza Kitchen, points out that even dip is politically loaded.
Matthew Zuras

Palestinian Farm-to-Table Cuisine Is Still Alive Under Occupation

I picked one hell of a week to visit the West Bank for a food trip, but luckily I ended up at Hosh Jasmin, an organic farm and restaurant set on a hillside near Bethlehem. Think Dan Barber’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns, but under occupation.
Luke Pyenson