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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?

Illustration by Reema Makwana to accompany the Vittles Collection Culinary Dead Ends, including Leila Gamaz's piece on couscous

Thanks for the beautiful accompanying illustration by Reena Makwana.


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