The idea of Cooking-with-a-Hyphen came to me after the election in November 2016. Like millions of other Americans, I was in shock and disbelief. Will America turn inward and isolationist, and close it doors to immigrants? What was happening to the country that I chose to be my home?

I watched racism and hostility towards any kind of otherness surge. I needed to channel my passion for different cuisines into a pro-diversity voice. It was time to join forces with others.

From this, Cooking-with-a-Hyphen was born, a place for food bloggers to express their solidarity with those whose skin color, religion, customs, traditions or language are different from their own.

Food bloggers are a special bunch. We touch all those who love to cook, regardless of our readers’ political beliefs. Food remains universal.

Nadia Hassani

January 2017


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