The Gaza Kitchen has received incredible reviews from media as diverse as The New York Times, The Washington Post, BBC World News, Bon Appetit Magazine, the Jewish Daily Forward, etc.  Click here for a complete listing.



“An important book on an egregiously under appreciated, under-reported area of gastronomy.  This is old school in the best possible meaning of the term.”

chef, author, and host of “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations”


 “Intriguing, homely and delicious, the recipes are familiar as broadly Middle Eastern but they are distinctively Palestinian and many also uniquely of Gaza—with more pronounced flavors, more herby, spicy, peppery, lemony than those of their regional neighbors. We also get from this very special book a rare insight into the intimate everyday lives of engaging people who grow vegetables and herbs and raise pigeons and rabbits on their roof tops even as they lament their predicament.”

acclaimed author of 12 books on Mediterranean food heritage


“I have never seen a cookbook like the The Gaza Kitchen. And that is a shame because this is exactly as a cookbook should be. It is a guide to knowing a place—its tastes, its ecology, its struggles and its spirit—through the food that people share there. It has changed how I cook, and it has filled me with respect for the ways in which food traditions create power and resilience in the face of adversity.”

former President, Slow Food USA


The Gaza Kitchen is a remarkable hybrid: a richly researched, elegantly written cookbook, it’s also a moving chronicle of the people whose food it describes. El-Haddad and Schmitt don’t avoid difficult political questions; neither do they fixate on them. Like the down-to-earth Gazan home cooks whose often surprising recipes they’ve recorded, they convey with sensitivity and a contagious kind of delight the way life somehow goes on, even with joy, amid the greatest hardships.”

author of My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet’s Life in the Palestinian Century


“A refreshing, new angle on Gaza's story. This splendid book will make your mouth water and show you the wonders of a rich, yet simple cuisine undimmed by years of a cruel and pointless siege. A tribute to its authors and a celebration of Gaza's brave and undaunted people.”

rights activist and author, Married to Another Man: Israel's Dilemma in Palestine


 “The people in this moving, mouthwatering book transform humble ingredients like garlic and dill into recipes for survival. A wise, generous, and fearless exploration of how Gazans use food, even under incredible hardship, with strength and grace.”

author, Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War


The Gaza Kitchen is a Just World Books publication