The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

Middle Eastern food fest in London

This event looks really fun for foodies:

The London Middle East Institute (LMEI), the SOAS Food Studies Centre, and Fertile Ground invite you to an evening celebrating the foods of the Middle East.

Students and family members of all ages are invited to prepare a dish of special significance to them, and to share their food, as well as stories about it, with others.

Special guests Claudia Roden (author of numerous food books, including A New Book of Middle Eastern Food, The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand and Vilna to the Present Day, and Arabesque: A Taste of Morocco, Turkey and Lebanon) and Sami Zubaida (Professor Emeritus at Birkbeck University and co-author of A Taste of Thyme: Culinary Cultures of the Middle East) will offer remarks about the culinary traditions of the region.

The event will be held in the Brunei Gallery Café Suite on Monday 7 December 2009, beginning at 6:00pm.

Space on the event is limited, and registration is required. Those interested in participating should email Laura Jacobs ( by Friday 13 November at the latest.

If anyone in London is going, I'd like to hear about it -- and if they answer the perennial question of the mystery of Egyptian cuisine.