Category Archives: Food


20 million souls hustling and crowding, thronging grand avenues and shady alleys, buying and selling in slick modern shopping centers and ancient covered markets, honking and shouting, cutting business deals by cell phone and hauling furniture in donkey carts… Cairo … Continue reading

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On Food and Cooking in Gaza

If all goes well, this month Laila El-Haddad and I will begin research for a book on food and cooking in Gaza. Part cookbook, part oral history, part documentation of the present. Please have a look here.

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Kitchen Anthropology

What better way to know a place than though its inhabitants? And what better way to know people than through their kitchens? Recently I’ve been working on what I call kitchen anthropology. It started out as practice for a project … Continue reading

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Fishing in Gaza

Finally finished the first of the Gaza videos! This one should be up on the webpage of The Nation in the next few days. Fishing in Gaza from maggie schmitt on Vimeo. What is it like to live in Gaza? … Continue reading

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Eating under siege

An article originally published in The Atlantic in two parts. Eating Under Siege Maggie Schmitt Once upon a time, Gaza was known for its citrus trees and its extraordinary seafood, the smell of jasmine in the evening. No longer: now … Continue reading

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