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Food researcher Salma Serry leads a series of workshops looking at the unique voice of Jeddah’s food culture as materialised in family recipes, generational cookbooks and ephemera, as well as the collective cultural appreciation for the act and ritual of convening and cooking.

The program calls for researchers, artists, writers, chefs, and individuals with interest in food history to take part in a series of workshops that aim to research, document, and reflect on the untold histories of food in Jeddah and Saudi Arabia at large.

The workshops take the form and sequence of a five-course menu: the welcoming coffee and dates, then the appetizer, the soup and salad, followed by a main course, and finally – dessert.

The programme culminates with a collaborative published work, conceived as the “leftovers,” i.e. testaments to the research conducted during the workshops.


We are looking for a Jeddah-based part-time Research Assistant interested in food, history, and archives to work with food-researcher Salma Serry. 

Responsibilities of the role include accompanying Salma on her site visits to local restaurants and markets, as well as to libraries and private homes for research purposes. We expect this to be a flexible position, coordinated between yourself and Salma according to her needs between February and April 2022. The position is compensated with an honorarium. 

To apply, please fill out this form

Deadline: February 6, 2022

About Salma Serry

Salma Serry is a food researcher, writer and filmmaker. Her work focuses on reinterpreting history and reapproaching culture through the lens of the food culture in Egypt and the Arab Gulf. She documents and archives historical cookbooks, menus, and ephemera on @sufra_kitchen, inviting others to her everyday research journey.