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Whitechapel Gallery, 06/03/19–08/25/19

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A House with a Date Palm Will Never Starve

Cooking with Date Syrup: Forty-One Chefs and an Artist Create New and Classic Dishes with a Traditional Middle Eastern Ingredient

By Michael Rakowitz. Foreword by Claudia Roden. Text by Ella Shohat. Recipes by Yotam Ottolenghi, et al.

Featured image is reproduced from 'A House with a Date Palm Will Never Starve.'

With recipes by 41 popular chefs and food writers such as Alice Waters, Yotam Ottolenghi and Marcus Samuelsson, this cookbook focuses on the many uses of date syrup

Date syrup has been central to Iraqi cooking and home life for centuries. In this unique book, a fusion of contemporary art and food, Chicago-based Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz (born 1973) and 41 celebrated chefs present delicious dishes using this staple of Middle Eastern cuisine.

In early 2018, Rakowitz unveiled a winged bull sculpture on the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square, a life-size replica of a Mesopotamian lammasu made from thousands of date syrup cans. The artist’s choice of material was laden with historical significance: for decades, until the industry was decimated by war and disease, dates had been Iraq’s second biggest export after oil.

As his winged bull sat upon the Fourth Plinth, Rakowitz invited chefs from around the world to create new and classic recipes using date syrup. Chefs and food writers including Yotam Ottolenghi, Alice Waters, Claudia Roden, Reem Kassis, Prue Leith, Jason Hammel, Nuno Mendes, Thomasina Miers, Giorgio Locatelli and Marcus Samuelsson answered Rakowitz’s call, creating dozens of sweet and savory dishes with date syrup, now collected in this cookbook.

Easy step-by-step instructions and gorgeous photographs enable the reader to make these recipes at home. Ranging from the traditional to the innovative, with everything from simple brunch dishes, salads and sides to mouthwatering mains, cakes, desserts, drinks and condiments represented, the recipes in this volume showcase the richness of a humble ingredient. This special book will appeal to anyone who loves the cuisine of the Middle East and is interested in the politics of food in that troubled region.Chefs include: Sara Ahmad, Sam and Sam Clark (Moro, Morito), Linda Dangoor, Caroline Eden, Cameron Emirali (10 Greek Street), Eleanor Ford, Jason Hammel (Lula Café, Marisol), Stephen Harris (The Sportsman), Anissa Helou, Margot Henderson (Rochelle Canteen), Olia Hercules, Charlie Hibbert (Thyme), Anna Jones, Philip Juma (JUMA Kitchen), Reem Kassis, Asma Khan (Darjeeling Express), Florence Knight, Jeremy Lee (Quo Vadis), Prue Leith, Giorgio Locatelli, Nuno Mendes (Chiltern Firehouse), Thomasina Miers (Wahaca), Nawal Nasrallah, Russell Norman (Polpo), Yotam Ottolenghi (Ottolenghi, NOPI), Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich (Honey & Co), Michael Rakowitz, Yvonne Rakowitz, Brett Redman (Neptune, Jidori, Elliot's Café), Claudia Roden, Nasrin Rooghani, Marcus Samuelsson (Red Rooster, Aquavit), Niki Segnit, Rosie Sykes, Summer Thomas, Kitty Travers, Alice Waters (Chez Panisse) and Soli Zardosht (Zardosht).


Featured image is reproduced from 'A House with a Date Palm Will Never Starve.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Elephant

Holly Black

Rakowitz’s ability to embody the flavour of a complex cultural heritage, the diaspora and its many intersections is what makes this book a joy to read, whether or not you plan to actually cook anything.

BBC

Cameron Laux

[A House with a Date Palm Will Never Starve] is a cookbook as artwork, a ‘culinary intervention’, and history and politics are also among its main ingredients.

Wallpaper*

Harriet Thorpe

Rakowitz’s date export project showed how the Iraqi date industry has suffered at the hands of US politics. Moving beyond art and into social activism like much of his work, the recipe book contributes to Rakowitz’s interest in creating awareness of this.

Frieze

Figgy Guyver

Dates have been central to Rakowitz’s artistic practice... [and he] hopes that his book will inspire a Western appetite for date syrup and, in so doing, create business for struggling plantations in Iraq.

Hyperallergic

Michael Rakowitz’s cookbook is one of the best resources we’ve added to our kitchen lately. The perfect inspiration for cooking in the time of quarantine, it contains recipes from 41 popular chefs and food writers including Yotam Ottolenghi, Alice Waters, Claudia Roden, Prue Leith, and Anissa Helou, as well as sketches from the artist himself to illustrate each chapter

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/8/2020

Nasher Sculpture Center presents Michael Rakowitz Community BBQ & Cookbook

Nasher Sculpture Center presents Michael Rakowitz Community BBQ & Cookbook

Saturday, February 8 from 11 AM – 2 PM, the Nasher Sculpture Center presents artist Michael Rakowitz, the 2020 Nasher Prize Laureate, as he cooks traditional Iraqi dishes and Texas BBQ at this lunchtime celebration at F.A.R.M. (Farmer's Assisting Returning Military), complete with live music and dancing. Rakowitz's new cookbook, A House with a Date Palm Will Never Starve, will be available for purchase.
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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/6/2020

Michael Rakowitz book launch and conversation at Jane Lombard Gallery

Michael Rakowitz book launch and conversation at Jane Lombard Gallery

Saturday, January 11 from 3–5 PM, Jane Lombard Gallery presents the book launch for Michael Rakowitz's A House with a Date Palm Will Never Starve. The artist will be in conversation with author and NYU professor, Ella Shohat. Copies of the cookbook will be available for purchase at the gallery.
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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/23/2019

Michael Rakowitz and Jason Hammel cooking demonstration and book signing at MCA Chicago

Michael Rakowitz and Jason Hammel cooking demonstration and book signing at MCA Chicago

Saturday, November 23 at 2:15, during Unwrapped: A Holiday Artist Showcase, MCA Chicago presents artist and A House with a Date Palm Will Never Starve author Michael Rakowitz and chef Jason Hammel demonstrating a recipe that Hammel contributed to the book. The demonstration will be followed by a book signing.
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Edited by Iwona Blazwick, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. Text by Habda Rashid, Nora Razian, Ella Shohat, Marianna Vecellio. Interview by Iwona Blazwick.

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A House with a Date Palm Will Never Starve

A HOUSE WITH A DATE PALM WILL NEVER STARVE

By Michael Rakowitz. Foreword by Claudia Roden. Text by Ella Shohat. Recipes by Yotam Ottolenghi, et al.

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