Enemy Kitchen
Cooking workshop

Hudson Guild Community Center, New York City (organized by More Art)
Villa Montalvo, in collaboration with Saratoga High School students (organized by Montalvo Arts Center, California, December 2007)


With the help of my Iraqi-Jewish mother, I have compiled Baghdadi recipes to teach to different public audiences, including middle and high school students. Preparing and then consuming this food opens up a new route through which Iraq can be discussed—in this case, through that most familiar of cultural staples: nourishment. Iraqi culture is virtually invisible in the US, beyond the daily news, and Enemy Kitchen seizes the possibility of cultural visibility to produce an alternative discourse. Future plans include a public access cooking show and the inclusion of Iraqi dishes on New York public school cafeteria menus.