Book Talks

Virtual Book Talk – The Kitchen Without Borders


When: Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 7:00 - 8:00 pm ET

Event Location: YouTube Live

Cost: Suggested Donation

Join us on YouTube Live for a free virtual book talk with the co-founders of Eat Offbeat, siblings Manal and Wissam Kahi in conversation with The Tenement Museum’s Development Operations Manager, Olivia Knauss on their very special cookbook, The Kitchen Without Borders: Recipes and Stories from Refugee and Immigrant Chefs.

The story begins with hummus — First, through Manal’s dissatisfaction with grocery store hummus and second, the success of using her grandmother’s recipe. How many other family recipes were being made all over the city? Thus, the concept of Eat Offbeat was born. Staffed by immigrants and refugees, the company hinges on three foundations: “The first is to create quality jobs for talented refugees who want to be in the food industry. The second is to build community and build bridges between us cooking in the kitchen, and our customers having our food at home or at the office…” And finally, “…the third goal for us, ultimately, is about changing the narrative around refugees by showcasing a different and a more positive story.” Story is inherent in The Kitchen Without Borders, inspired from its detailed chef profiles to its seventy authentic recipes, which highlight the emotional connection of food and home and celebrate the culinary traditions of Syria, Iran, Eritrea, Venezuela, and more.

While this program is free, you can donate to support future programming from the Tenement Museum here

Purchase The Kitchen Without Borders: Recipes and Stories from Refugee and Immigrant Chefs. at the Tenement Museum shop!

This program will continue to be available on our Youtube channel following the LIVE screening.

Support for this program is provided by ConEdison and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.