Kitchen Radio

In each episode of Kitchen Radio, hosts Regine Basha (Founder of Tuning Baghdad) and Nathalie Basha (The Travel Muse) will feature a specific dish and a conversation to introduce the still little-known Jewish culture of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and re-seed Jewish life into a cultural space where their contribution was forgotten, rendered invisible or white-washed. Guests include: Tannaz Sassooni, Sephardic Spice Girls, Rafram Chaddad, and Claudia Roden!

Premiering in April – subscribe now to listen on Apple PodcastsSpotify Podcasts, Goodpods or wherever you get your podcasts on the Reboot Presents podcast channel.

Follow along to Kitchen Radio with our Companion Cookbook, a guide for cultural education and conversation. Cook along with each guest by following the featured recipes, learn more about where these dishes originate from by digging into each region’s cultural history, gain some fluency in the kitchen with the Kitchen Radio Dictionary, and find out where you can read more to continue your culinary journey! Fill out the form to download: 

Season 1 Episode 4

Konafa a la Creme with Claudia Roden

In the season finale of the Kitchen Radio podcast, icon of the Middle Eastern and Jewish food worlds, Claudia Roden, makes an Egyptian-Jewish version of Konafa which is one of the region’s most beloved desserts and her childhood favorite. Roden recounts a story of her family’s passage from Aleppo to Cairo from her book, “The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand and Vilna to the Present Day,” a new edition of which has just been published. Learn more from Roden, author and cultural anthropologist, in the season one finale of Kitchen Radio, now streaming

Season 1 Episode 3

Brik with Rafram Chaddad

In this episode of the Kitchen Radio podcast, Rafram Chaddad dispatches live from La Goulette, Tunis with a rapid-fire making of “Brik,” a Jewish specialty that became a favorite regional street food. Rafram documents his domestic life and Tunisian-Jewish presence, family history and culture through food, stories and public art installations. Learn more and listen now!

Season 1 Episode 2

Kubba Bamia with the Sephardic Spice Girls

In this episode of the Kitchen Radio podcast, the Sephardic Spice Girls (Rachel Emquies Sheff + Sharon Gomperts) of Los Angeles serve up Iraqi-Jewish Kubba Bamia and Sephardic Biscochos with tea and talk about how cooking these dishes and story-telling brings their family and community closer to recent lost history. The Sephardic Spice Girls actively write for the Jewish Journal and conduct cooking workshops at the Sephardic Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Learn more and listen now

Season 1 Episode 1

Gondi Kashi with Tannaz Sassooni

In the series premiere of Kitchen Radio, Tannaz Sassooni makes us a meatless Gondi Kashi from her grandmother’s Iran and recounts a lively tradition of Persian Jews during Passover. Born in Tehran to a Jewish family, Tannaz is a Los Angeles-based food writer exploring Los Angeles’ global culinary landscape and interviewing mothers and grandmothers from Iran for a regional Iranian Jewish cookbook. Learn more and listen here

Kitchen Radio Trailer

Premiering in April, the Kitchen Radio podcast brings listeners to the table of communities from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia for intergenerational stories of community life and ritual practices from guests who are part of a rising renaissance of creative food projects of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Listen to the trailer here.