Beyond Hummus and Falafel: Social and Political Aspects of Palestinian Food in Isræl

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The paradox that both cookbooks offer is that to experience this Jerusalem — a Jerusalem that many no doubt desire for — is possible only in the Diaspora, such as in Philadelphia, where the restaurant Zahav is based, or at home assuming you can locate all of the specialist ingredients. An added touch in both books is how the personal stories of the authors add a kind of authenticity and legitimacy to the Israel that their cookbooks create. Ottolenghi and Tamimi are Jewish and Palestinian, are successful business partners in London, and through their partnership represent exactly what is not possible in Israel because of the conflict.

Indeed, their vision of peace through hummus is in so many ways the opposite of the political situation in Jerusalem where attempts to help unify the city can backfire. Both books offer its consumers something authoritative in that they are tied to a place, by people who ought to know that place, and through stories that are grounded in this same place. These cookbooks provide rich sites in which to explore the ways that we can experience if not discover the politics of another land through the practices of the every day.

What does it mean to vicariously explore another country through its food? What images do we get of these lands from cookbooks that try to re present traditional or authentic recipes? How do we learn about other cultures from such books, and what do these lessons say about us? These are all questions that an examination of cookbooks can provide. What I have tried to demonstrate here are some of the questions and theoretical issues raised in an analysis of cookbooks as a primary source.

These questions that pertain to how we understand authority, authenticity, locality or place, politics, identity, legitimacy, appropriation, and thus violence are all relevant to scholars of IR. Yet, for most of us, our most regular experiences of the international may well be what we decide to eat for dinner. He is also professionally trained in the culinary arts. However, the Light Rail has been the target of Arab attacks making even this attempt at unifying the city impossible to separate from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Appadurai, A. Gvion, L. Translated by David Wesley and Elana Wesley. Hirsch, Dafna. Mintz, S. Boston, MA: Beacon Press. Nolte, A. Ottolenghi, Y. London: Ebury Press. Like this article? She is based in Tel Aviv. Click here for access to comments. Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking.

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As long as they limit their veganism to what they eat, no problem. But as soon as they invade labs researching cures for human ills it is time to jail them and throw away the keys. The lives of people are at stake there and there is no reason to give them any clemency. I am completely against violence, but the best way to save lives is to encourage people to shift to vegan diets. Animal experiments seeking cures is often ineffective and sometimes counterproductive in producing false hopes, as results from animals who are artificially given diseases generally does not produce results applicable to humans.

There have been efforts to find cures for cancer for decades, but far more people are stricken with cancer today than years ago,. This is a total non-sense. Diabetics would never had Insulin if animal experimentation was not available. With no animal to experiment on, people would become guinee pigs for new medications.

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I sure hope that if and when you get a disease it is wone that has a medication arrived at while experimenting on animals. But on the other hand eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grain and less animal products leads to better health. I know that first hand because I fight familial diabetes with diet and exercise. Similarly I have now rare gout attacks and lowered my blood pressure. Then there is a little detail no one speaks about. Humans are omnivores this why we have the teeth we have and the digestive system we have. We are not ruminants with multiple stomachs.

With your argument for the so called non-violence you would force the lions to eat grain and salad? So why demand it from humans? With no animal to experiment on, people would become guinea pigs for new medications. I sure hope that if and when you get a disease it is one that has a medication arrived at while experimenting on animals.

However, some of us argue that development of other models should continue to minimize animal suffering, and testing of cosmetics and other non-essential items should not require animals. We are not animals. And Jews.

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In effect making actors guinea pigs. I agree, extreme supervision of the use of animals in labs is needed and it is so today in every lab in the USA. I love this line of yours! Apparently you believe this. We are like all animals born from a mother and like all mammals we have a belly button and we first fed from a teat. We have like all of them a digestive system that ends in an annus. We are animals! The least you can do is recognize that you belong in the animal world. No, we are not gods. We still do not take cues from other animals when it comes to our own behavior, and our behavior is not dictated solely by our biology and which organs we share in common with other animals.

What is wrong with you? Human history is a long history of war for resources. The jails are full of humans who tried to get resources of others. We are even more dangerous than the most dangerous animal, Hiroshima and Nagasaki are screaming examples of that. We have to have compassion, caring, understanding for both humans and animals. This is why we have laws regulating life and labs to safeguard both humans and animals.

Our biology is such that we are build to eat both meat and vegetable.

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We are this kind of animal described best in that we are omnivores we have a very varied diet. Not accepting that is strange to say the least. Does this negate that we are omnivores? Does this negate that humans eating just vegetables have a diet lacking in vitamin B12 that has to be added to their diet? No cold water fish in the diet equate with a diet having mostly no Omega 3? Trying to make Vegan a Jewish thing is almost comical since a major part of Jewish law deals on how to slaughter certain animals for food. How to cook them.

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What can be mixed from animals for food…. By the way, I am an atheist Jew. I suffer from Gout so I rarely eat anything containing meat. On the other hand I eat cheese and love it. No vegan will take the cheese away from my pasta or my sandwitch. No vegan will take the cheese away from my pasta or my sandwich. If you have a choice to participate or not,and you choose to, then that was your choice. Your choice of what is ethical is a negation of your basic humanity.

We are animals that are omnivores. We eat anything and everything including vegetables and meat. You would not force a lion or a tiger to live on carrots would you? Why is that? You think that not eating meat is ethically correct even if biologically incorrect. Have a look at your teeth. They are made to both tear meat and pulverize vegetation and grain. It is maybe sad that we have to kill animals to live but this is what we are: We are omnivores and it is not an ethical choice but a biological reality.

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The first religion that took this into their religious rules is the Jewish religion. The rules of shchita are exactly for that: to minimise the suffering of animals we are going to eat. Jews were not allowed to even prevent cattle t5o trash grain from eating because it would make it suffer. So when you call yourself Jewish vegan because you care about animals it is not because you happen to be a member of a Jewish Center that you are Jews and also vegans. It has absolutely nothihg to do with Judaism.

This from an atheist Jew. It has absolutely nothing to do with Judaism. Excuse me, this line about not killing others offspring, are you sure about that? Children killed. Bulletholes and bombs. Since Judaism puts higher priority on human life than on animal life, it is not in principle opposed to all uses of animals, if there are significant benefits for humans that could not be obtained in any other way. But results from animal experiments should generally be viewed with some skepticism for the following reasons:. There is an ever-growing list of drugs that were deemed safe after very extensive animal testing, which later proved to be carcinogenic, mutagenic causing birth defects or toxic to humans.

Examples of differences in human and animal responses to medicines include: guinea pigs generally die when given penicillin; aspirin causes birth defects in rats and mice but not in people; thalidomide was helpful when tested on laboratory animals but causes birth defects in people; insulin causes deformities in laboratory animals but not in people.

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  • In a number of cases, effective therapies have been delayed because of misleading animal models. For example, the animal model for polio resulted in a misunderstanding of the mechanism of infection delaying the discovery of a vaccine. If the billions of dollars spent on animal experimentation were instead spent on educating people about better nutrition and other positive lifestyle changes, there would be far greater benefits for human health. Perhaps because of these factors, animal experimentation has produced relatively little progress in many areas of medicine.

    For example, whereas 30 years ago, one in eleven women on the average had breast cancer during their lifetime, that figure is now one in eight women. Despite or perhaps because of relying heavily on extensive animal experimentation for many years for medical advancement, health costs in the U. Many laboratory experiments on animals are completely unnecessary. Must we force dogs to smoke to reconfirm the health hazards of cigarettes? Do we have to starve dogs and monkeys to understand human starvation?

    Do we need to cut, blind, burn, and chemically destroy animals to produce another type of lipstick, mascara or shampoo? A reduction in animal experiments would not mean that experiments have to be done on people. Healthier lifestyles would avoid the need for many experiments.

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    Also many approaches to advancing medical knowledge have been developed that do not involve animal experimentation. These include epidemiological studies, the use of computer models, and cell and tissue cultures in vitro. Human health can best be advanced by improvements in hygiene, better diets and other lifestyle changes, and clinical studies.

    True, eventually a drug has to be tried on humans but it is totally un ethical to start straight with humans risking to kill them or maim them. I knew that eventually, this vegan thing leads to stopping experimenting on animals. If you want to be a guinea pig, welcome! Go right ahead! But scientists have morals and will not experiment on humans to test before a drug has been tested on animals first.

    What a bunch of crock mixing apples with oranges. Mr Poupic, It is the most arrogant and cruel manifestation of an arrogant and cruel species — humans — to consider the torture of other animals for the dubious reason of helping humans. Animals are not ours to eat, wear or experiment upon. I will admire you if and if only you never, ever use any medicine, stents, cream, intra ocular lens attained by using animals. Be a saint and go blind, destroy your heart with no stent or medication, suffer the consequence of not following the advise of science to exercise and eat healthy food to prevent diabetes, heart disease.

    All of these exist because humans used animals to gain knowledge, have safe and efficient medications.

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    You also can be a saint of Vegans religion by volunteering to be a guinea pig for future medical knowledge and medications. Animals are a dire necessity scientists would love not have to care for and spend enormous amount of their dwindling funds on. Be the first to ask a question about Beyond Hummus and Falafel. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. All Languages. More filters. Sort order. Stacey Jane rated it really liked it Mar 27, Alice rated it it was amazing Sep 24, Malik Hamilton rated it really liked it Feb 19, Greg Rosen rated it it was ok Sep 05, Aisha rated it it was ok Aug 14, Cara rated it it was amazing Jan 08, Christine Kuhn rated it liked it Feb 25, Yashika marked it as to-read Sep 10, Carolyn marked it as to-read Jan 05, Anita added it Apr 13, Gabriella marked it as to-read Nov 20, Deborah Grebel marked it as to-read Feb 26, Jacob marked it as to-read Oct 10, Ashlee marked it as to-read Feb 23, Nouranapps marked it as to-read Apr 04, Amos Vos marked it as to-read Apr 29, Scheherazade W.