Zaitoun author Yasmin Khan talks about Palestinian food, bearing witness, and self care while reporting.
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Episode 10: Yasmin Khan
Yasmin Khan isn't afraid to delve into the tough stuff. Growing up around a dinner table with an Iranian-born mother and Pakistan-born father who met as activists in the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution, politics were definitely on the menu. A career fighting for international human rights was a natural evolution for her, but there was an even more direct way to bring some humanity to an often overwhelming and abstract cause. After her first cookbook The Saffron Tales: Recipes from the Persian Kitchen earned Khan a devoted following, she decided to take on an even more daunting task—documenting the people and recipes keeping the traditions of Palestinian cooking alive in her new cookbook Zaitoun: Recipes and Stories from the Palestinian Kitchen. In this intimate conversation, Khan opens up about the challenges, barriers, and personal stresses that went into creating this extraordinary document.
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