Kitchens are more than just a place for preparing and consuming food. They are the heart of the home, and the restaurant, a place of nourishment, sharing and enjoyment for the body and soul.
Kitchens, foods and flavours are embedded in our memories; the food we ate as children, the many tastes of adulthood, the tantalising prospect of recipes from a new cookbook, or eating at the latest restaurant.
I visited many Middle East kitchens, to film Make Hummus Not War, and tasted countless variations of the basic hummus recipe. I was welcomed in all these kitchens, whether, Jewish, Muslim or Christian, with warmth and hospitality.
Make Hummus Not War is a call to action, an acknowledgement of our common humanity - our basic need to eat and enjoy life, a hope for peace.
Lina is one of many places that still make hummus with traditional methods
Christiane Danoub Nasser
and her homemade hummus
Raji Kebbe in action at Soucci
Iqbal Salah making hummus by hand in Al-Khadar village West Bank
A completed batch of hummus at Afteem
Sheik Burnat from Bil'in making hummus
The hummus production line at the Tzabar factory
Jenni Meaney, our DOP, rolling out the best friend of hummus - pita!
Chef Yamen Al Mokdad at Al-Falamanki Restaurant Beirut