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Yasmin Khan is the author of The Saffron Tales: Recipes from the Persian Kitchen. Her writing has appeared in Food52, Saveur, and Roads and Kingdoms. A former human rights campaigner, she now lives in London.


"Yasmin Khan draws on her vast experience as a storyteller, cook, human rights activist, itinerant traveler and writer to create a moving, empathetic, hugely knowledgeable and utterly delicious book." -- Anthony Bourdain
"A big bowlful of delicious Palestinian recipes, plus lots of insightful and moving stories." -- Yotam Ottolenghi
"This is the best kind of cookbook, one which tells you about people through the stories of their food. Compelling reading, gorgeous pictures-and the most delicious recipes. I can't wait to start cooking." -- Ruth Reichl
"Yasmin Khan is a human rights campaigner and storyteller as well as a recipe writer, and the three strands of her work are illuminatingly woven into this, her new book, Zaitoun, an important collection of recipes and stories from the Palestinian kitchen. This is a politically engaged and hungry travelogue, and it is also an inspirational recipe book, and one that anyone who loves food will want to cook from, will need to cook from." -- Nigella Lawson
"As a Palestinian who grew up in Jerusalem, I have been conditioned to be wary of any non-Palestinian trying to share our story and our culture with the world...Very quickly I found myself in tears at just how beautifully and accurately she has captured the essence of our Palestinian culture. Yasmin Khan you have done Palestinians and our story justice, your understanding of the nuances of our culture and history is unparalleled." -- Reem Kassis, author of The Palestinian Table
"Part cookbook and part travel journal, this work is full of recipes, photos, and stories from Palestine. It is bright in flavour and colour and will teach you about this incredible nation through dishes like slow-cooked stews of chicken and lamb flavored with Palestinian barahat spice blends" -- BookRiot
"A zingingly evocative collection of personal stories...Calling it a cookbook does it a disservice. Zaitoun deserves to be read as much as cooked from." -- Tim Lewis - Guardian (UK)
"Excellent...Khan's cookbook is a thoroughly enjoyable exploration of the region's food and culture." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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