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The Culinary Dead End of Couscous

As part of a compilation for Vittles on culinary dead ends, I explore the role colonialism has played in preventing my father from passing on couscous recipes to me.

A common trope in food writing – particularly in relation to the diaspora - is the idea that food always connects us to our parents. But what happens when this isn’t the case – when recipes don’t get passed down and don’t translate?

Thanks for the beautiful accompanying illustration by Reena Makwana.

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