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A road trip through the hidden kitchens of Lebanon, with kitchen activist, Kamal Mouzawak, a man with a vision of re-building and uniting this war-ravaged nation through its traditions, its culture and its food. We visit farmer’s markets, restaurants, and guest houses known as Souk el Tayeb that he and his kitchen community have created.
This story is part of Hidden Kitchens: War and Peace and Food, a series of stories about food and conflict, about the role food plays in helping resolve conflict between nations and communities, or in creating it.
Produced by Samuel Shelton Robinson and The Kitchen Sisters
Kamal Mouzawak with Najwa Azzam in the Chouf Mountains outside Beirut.
Illustration by Salim Azzam of his mother, Najwa preparing Akkoub. See more of Salim’s beautiful illustrations on Instagram: @azzamsalim.
Make Food Not War, one of the battle cries of Souk el Tayeb.
Bread giveaway for Syrian refugees at Bourj el-Barajneh refugee camp, Beirut.
Lebanese Home Cooking by Kamal Mouzawak.