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Episode 22: Hawa Hassan

Born in Somalia, Hawa Hassan's family fled to a refugee camp in Kenya to escape the civil war. When she was only seven years old, Hawa was sent to Seattle to live with a family friend and start a new life in America. On today's episode of Food Without Borders, Hawa speaks about her upbringing as a refugee in the US and how her love of food and search for authentic Somali ingredients inspired her to become the founder and CEO of BasBaas, an authentic line of Somali hot sauces and chutneys...

Duration: 00:38:41

Episode 21: Nigerian food and resistance with Yewande Komolafe

Yewande Komolafe is a food stylist and recipe developer raised in Lagos, Nigeria. After moving to the United States for college, Yewande started cooking as a way to stay connected to her African heritage and eventually enrolled in culinary school. After the election, she created the dinner series My Immigrant Food Is... as a way to speak out against the Trump administration as a proud Nigerian and former undocumented immigrant in America.

Duration: 00:33:58

Episode 19: The Cooking Gene with Michael Twitty

This week on Food Without Borders, Leah speaks with culinary historian, Michael W. Twitty, whose acclaimed new book, The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South, traces the history of Southern cuisine, family ancestry, and African-American identity in the US. Leah and Michael talk about the discomfort entrenched in Southern cuisine and the cultural amnesia surrounding slavery (from rice paddies to plantation kitchens) that had previously blurred...

Duration: 00:38:31

Episode 18: Sourcing and Sahadi's with Christine Sahadi Whelan

This week on Food Without Borders, Sari sits down with Christine Sahadi Whelan, the owner of James Beard Foundation-winning gourmet Middle Eastern grocery in Brooklyn. Christine and Sari discuss the often precarious logistics of sourcing products from conflict regions in The Middle East and how both policy and war can disrupt supply chains.

Duration: 00:33:34

Episode 17: Chef Pierre Thiam

Born and raised in Dakar, Pierre Thiam is the executive chef of Nok by Alara in Lagos and the owner of Pierre Thiam catering in New York. He is a also a James Beard award-nominated cookbook author, an ambassador for the culinary traditions of Africa and an advocate for responsible tourism. On today's episode, Pierre tells the remarkable story of his journey from busboy to chef and restauranteur in New York City and speaks about his commitment to fonio, an ancient grain indigenous to...

Duration: 00:39:10

Episode 16: Food and the crisis in Puerto Rico with Alicia Kennedy and Rafa García Febles

Hurricane Maria exacerbated pre-existing problems of access and equality in Puerto Rico. Food and beverage writer Alicia Kennedy and bartender Rafa García Febles join Sari in studio to speak about the crisis in Puerto Rico, how chefs are stepping up to provide relief for Puerto Ricans, and tell us what are the best ways to help.

Duration: 00:32:13

Episode 15: Chef Jehangir Mehta

Born in Bombay, Jahingir Mehta is the chef and owner of Grafitti, Grafitti Earth, and Me and You in NYC. On this episode of Food Without Borders, Chef Mehta speaks with Sari about his upbringing in India which has informed the no-waste ethos he practices at all of his resturants. He also speaks about his Zorastrian customs, Persian heritage, immigration, politics, and the customized sensorial dining experiences he creates at Me and You. Food Without Borders is powered by Simplecast

Duration: 00:42:36

Episode 14: League of Kitchens

The League of Kitchens is a unique cooking school in New York City where immigrant instructors teach the recipes of their origin countries to students in their own homes. On this episode of Food Without Borders, Sari is joined by League of Kitchens program manager, Sonya Kharas, and instructors Angie Vargas from Mexico and Nawida Said Hosan from Afghanistan. Tune in to find out how these talented home cooks preserve their connection to heritage by sharing their cuisine.

Duration: 00:40:10

Episode 13: Komeeda with Jabber Al-Bihani and Nasser Jaber

The debut episode of the second season of Food Without Borders features Jabber Al-Bihani and Nasser Jaber, partners at Komeeda, a platform that creates unique dining experiences that amplify the voices and cuisine of immigrant chefs. Jabber and Nasser speak about Displaced Dinners, a post-election series that gives diners an opportunity to taste the food of and hear stories from recently resettled refugees. They also talk about the upcoming Refugee Food and Art Festival that they're...

Duration: 00:40:17

Episode 12: Palestinian Home Cooking at Tanoreen with Rawia and Jumana Bashara

On the season finale of Food Without Borders, host Sari Kamin is joined by mother and daughter Rawia and Jumana Bashara of the restaurant Tanoreen, a blend of classical Middle Eastern home-style cooking with delicious Mediterranean aromas, located in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Tune in to hear them discuss how food is politics, in the best, most inclusive sense.

Duration: 00:38:30

Episode 7: Vonnie Williams

Today on Food Without Borders, Sari chats with Vonnie Williams, the co-founder of The Black Forks, a platform that explores all things Food and Culture through the Black lens. Vonnie started The Black Forks after spending time in PR and realizing that very few minority voices were represented in food media. Tune in to hear about Vonnie’s upbringing living with her family in Ghana and a candid conversation about food and race.

Duration: 00:40:30