Making Any Cuisine Halal

Presented by Yvonne Maffei

Halal food is fast becoming a buzz-word among many urban foodies, most of whom know a good ‘halal’ food truck or two. With the influx of kabob carts and trays of rice overflowing with spicy cubed meat, we can’t ignore that this food is somewhat of a fascination and perhaps misunderstood in the broader sense, as not all halal food hails from Middle Eastern cuisine. Continue reading

Passion for Persia Showcasing a Dazzling Culinary History

Presented by Naomi Duguid
Traveler, writer, photographer, cook

Here in the west, though we may know a little about the great Persian empires of times past, we have been cut off from an appreciation of Persian culture by complicated geopolitics. And we’re not familiar with the old deep-rooted connections between the various peoples in Iran and neighboring countries. Continue reading

Punjab: India’s Breadbasket Naan and Beyond

Presented by
Anupy Singla
Author, Teacher

When Westerners think of Indian food, rice immediately comes to mind. Less understood is the deep and long history of wheat and bread in the Subcontinent, especially in north India, where wheat fields abound. The state of Punjab, better known as the bread basket of India, is one of the most fertile states in the country. Continue reading