One of the fantastic things about editing this column over the years has been seeing the different ways people prepare the same ingredient. We have featured chicken dishes quite a few times because no matter how the spices, herbs, and form may change, it has always proven to be a simple dish to prepare — and when done well, also memorable. Curious about Palestinian food, when I learned about Zaitoun: Recipes from the Palestinian Kitchen by author, broadcaster, and cook, Yasmin Khan, I ran out instantly and purchased a copy. This photo accompanying her recipe for Mussakhan (roast chicken with sumac and red onions) jumped out at me (unfortunately not literally!), and I knew it was the recipe we would publish this week. I love that it is served on a platter, on top of Arabic taboon bread for all to share, rather than portioned for each individual. —Kristina
Yasmin Khan is a best-selling author, broadcaster and cook who is passionate about sharing people’s stories through food. Yasmin is a regular media commentator having appeared on many flagship news programs such as Channel 4 News, Newsnight, BBC R4’s Today program and Women’s Hour and NPR’s Morning Edition. She has worked as a radio presenter for BBC R4’s Food Programme and as a host on the CNN/Roads and Kingdoms travel series “The Perfect Dish” with Anthony Bourdain. Her writing has been published in the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent, the Telegraph, Saveur, Roads and Kingdoms, AFAR and Food52, amongst others. Her debut cookbook was The Saffron Tales: Recipes From the Persian Kitchen. Find Yasmin on Instagram @yasminkhanstories, Twitter @yasmin_khan and Facebook @YasminKhanStories.
For a chance to win a copy of Zaitoun, respond in the comments section below by August 8, 5PM EST to either of the following questions: What has been your most memorable shared meal? or What is your favorite way to prepare chicken? As always, we need details because we love imagining we were there with you, or are tasting the good food you describe. We will announce the winner in the comments section, so be sure to check back!
Image above: Zaitoun; Photography by Matt Russell
Image above: Yasmin Khan
Image above: Palestinian feast
Image above: Mussakhan (Roast chicken with sumac and red onions)