Chef Fadi Kattan does something that usually isn’t done in the West Bank of Palestine: he cooks seasonal, locally sourced dishes for a dining experience meant to rival the world’s best restaurants. Born and raised steps from the Church of the Nativity, Fadi has also been documenting the recipes he grew up with. His new cookbook is called Bethlehem: a Celebration of Palestinian Food, and in today’s episode he tells Lilah why talking about food and culture is especially important in a time of war.

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– Fadi’s book Bethlehem: A Celebration of Palestinian Food” is out this month in the US and the UK

– HTSI recently featured Fadi, his book and his London restaurant Akub: https://on-ft-com.ezproxy.cul.columbia.edu/3JFHfhs

– Fadi is on Instagram @fadifkattan and on X @FadiKattan

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