The Common Ingredient: Discovering Gazan Cuisine

Two women set out to explore cuisine in Gaza - and produced a unique cookbook that is a rich trove of recipes and a fascinating anthropological document.

Whenever Laila El-Haddad prepares the typical Gazan dish of dagga, a tomato and dill salad, in her home kitchen, she has to make it in two separate bowls: one generously spiced with hot pepper to suit her Gazan palate; and a second lightly seasoned bowl with no hot pepper to suit the taste of her husband, whose family comes from the Palestinian village of Waarit al-Siris (near...