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In Khadija's Kitchen, childhood friends Nasrine and Salwan invite readers on a culinary journey from Dubai to India to Washington D.C. Both women grew up traversing the globe with their mothers, who magically share the same name: Khadija.
The authors are delighted to share this very personal collection of over 40 recipes curated from their mothers' kitchens, where they learned that food is more than physical sustenance. It is nourishment for the heart and soul. The pair grew up learning to prepare fresh, wholesome meals with their mothers. In those moments, surrounded by dust clouds of spice or piles of sticky dates straight from the marketplace, they also absorbed lessons in resilience, the beautiful alchemy of diversity, and the transformative power of love.
Like the aroma of fresh-crushed spices in semolina halwa or the peaceful bubbling of curry on the stove, this exquisite cross-cultural cookbook's diversity of recipes will entice both the body and imagination. Khadija's Kitchen brings back the joy and delight of presenting a handmade feast at the table. Along the way, the pages are infused with rich descriptions and vignettes of two women who learned to blossom in their mothers' kitchens.
Slawan Al Shaibani, is a self-accomplished woman entrepreneur, CEO and Founder of Spellbound Media and Advertising. Salwan, a UAE national was born and raised in a traditional household in Dubai, UAE. A creative, innovative and strategic thinker by nature, Salwan started her career as an intern with Citigroup, shortly after graduating with an honors degree from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. During her tenure as a banker Salwan climbed her way up by perseverance and determination. In a short span, she was recognized for her dynamic and strategic thinking which led her to manage many leadership roles before she moved to Sama Dubai and Dubai Holding where she played a pivotal role in framing strategies, risk management policies and financial analysis, before venturing into setting up her own business. Salwan is passionate about everything she takes on; among her many accomplishments Salwan, also a nature enthusiast and adrenaline junkie has summited Mount Fuji and hiked across Austria's mountainous grandeur. Her love for travel and exploring has made her adaptive to diverse cultures and cuisines. When she isn't blazing trails or quite literally conquering mountains, Salwan satiates her family and friends taste buds by her love and splendor for cooking and baking. Her other interests and passion include women empowerment, fashion and interior designing Dr. Nasrin Shah Abushakra, Ph.D. M.S. Serves as a fifth generation cross-cultural liaison, international educator, and an advocate for internal and external peace. She is also the founder of DrNasrine.com, Ambadassor and the cofounder of Haute Social Kama. She serves the global and local communities and is an internationally recognized ambassador of alliance between the Middle East and the Western world. A skillful connector of early adaption strategy and the change makers that have created and enhanced these practices. Dr. Nasrine provides information, advocacy, and programs that bring together these two worlds elegantly, effectively, and in a way that acknowledges the brilliance and beauty of each culture. A true global citizen, Dr. Nasrine grew up in Boston's Back Bay and has since traveled the world-meeting with leaders such as President Clinton, Prime Minister Siniora of Lebanon, and HRH and Vice President of the UAE Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. She also serves on numerous committees dedicated to such causes as reviewing scholarly publications, family business elements, and global understanding. Nasrine holds a Master of Science in Information Systems and a Ph.D. in Technology and Education, once held a professorship at the University of Michigan and served as the Director of the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Orientation Program at the U.S. Department of State. She has had her research presented at the MIT LINC Project, World Bank, and the U.S. Department of Education. She is also the Happy Post Project Ambassador to the Middle East, and represented the project at TEDxDubai in November 2011. Nasrine lives between Dubai and Washington D.C. with her husband of more than a decade years and their resilient daughter. A woman with many interests, when not working she can be found whipping up a gourmet meal with fresh, organic ingredients, from her garden or spinning old-skool hip-hop tunes, hosting an elegant party for dignitaries, artists, (and eight year olds!) from around the world.