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Delicious Recipes From the 7 Banned Nations

At a time like this, food can seem like a frivolous topic. But it’s not. Food is about sharing and connecting. Food is about breaking boundaries and crossing borders. I know it’s sappy, but as far as I’m concerned, food is love.

Still, I was feeling a little queasy about writing, editing and posting the regular fare. And it hit me: We would provide lovely recipes from each of the nations the president has banned. Here, then, are a variety of foods from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen. Most are from our archives; the rest were found around the web.

Iranian Recipes

Iraqi Recipes

Libyan Recipes

Somali Recipes

There is a wide variety of Somali recipes on The Somali Kitchen. The subtitle on the site, by the way, is “Bringing People and Cultures Together Through Food.”

Sudanese Recipes

The Sudanese Kitchen is a blog by the son of two doctors who emigrated to the U.K. from Sudan.

Syrian Recipes

Yemeni Recipes

Liza Schoenfein is food editor of the Forward. Contact her at or on Twitter, @LifeDeathDinner




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