Books saved my sanity, knowledge opened the locked places in me and taught me first how to survive and then how to soar.

- Gloria Anzaldùa

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Dec 3: Gastropolitics, Gastropoetics: Celebrating Radical Cookbooks

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December 3rd, Friday
12pm NYC | 5pm London | 6pm Casablanca


Are cookbooks radical? Can cookbooks inspire revolutionary practices? Recipes and stories accompanying recipes are often ways to preserve cultural heritage, engage silenced histories of displacement, build community and chosen families, or simply remember home. 

Join us for a celebration of writers, artists, scholars and cooks that use recipes to revolutionize our relationship to cooking, eating, memory and belonging. We will speak to Anas Atassi, Anita Mannur, Ismail Einashe, Zohra Saed, Karim Alrawi, Nahid Kazemi, Durkhanai Ayubi, Conversations will be hosted by Anny Gaul, M. Lynx Qualey, Meg Arenberg, Veruska Cantelli and Bhakti Shringarpure. 

Watch the full recording from December 3rd here:


Read this blog to understand the thinking behind this event:

We've made a list of Radical Cookbooks with links to buy them!

Sumac Recipes and Stories from Syria by Anas Atassi Buy Here

Arab Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook by Karim Alrawi. Illustrated by Nahid Kazemi. Recipes by Sobhi and Tamam al-Zobaidi & Karim Alwawi Buy Here

Parwana: Recipes and stories from an Afghan kitchen by Durkhanai Ayubi Buy Here

The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley Buy Here

Soo Fariista / Come Sit Down: A Somali American Cookbook by Wariyaa. Foreword by Osman Mohamed Ali Buy Here

Decolonize Your Diet: Plant-Based Mexican-American Recipes for Health and Healing by Luz Calvo & Catriona Rueda Esquibel Buy Here

Palestine on a Plate: Memories from My Mother's Kitchen by Joudie Kalla Buy Here

Saka Saka: South of the Sahara – Adventures in African Cooking by Anto Cocagne Buy Here

Original Tanzania Cookbook by Eva Pandaeli Buy Here

The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey by Laila el-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt Buy Here

Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader by Anita Mannur Buy Here

Soup for Syria: Recipes to Celebrate Our Shared Humanity by Barbara Abdeni Massaad Buy Here

Handmade: Stories of strength shared through recipes from the women of Sri Lanka by Abarna Suthantiraraj, Shruti Thiruchelvam, Frank Thiruchelvam et al. Buy Here

The Immigrant Cookbook: Recipes that Make America Great by Leyla Moushabeck Buy Here

Dining in Refugee Camps: The Art of Sahrawi Cooking by Robin Kahn. Buy Here

Cooking a Home: A Collection of the Recipes and Stories of Syrian Refugees edited by Pilar Puig Cortada Buy Here

Yolele! Recipes from the Heart of Senegal by Pierre Thiam Buy Here

Malabar Muslim Cookery by Ummi Abdallah Buy Here

All the books featured this season are available for purchase at our Radical Books Collective Bookshop: