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Center for Public History, University of Houston; University of Houston Libraries, University of Houston
This is an oral history interview with Brigitte Zabak conducted as part of the Houston History Project. Brigitte Zabak is a native Houstonian whose parents came to the United States from Ramallah, Palestine. She discusses her family restaurants in Tennessee and in Houston. The Houston Press recognized Zabak's, Brigitte's cousins' restaurant on Westheimer and Hillcroft, for having the best falafel in the city. Their falafel recipe was handed down from her Aunt and Uncle, or as Houstonians know them, Kay and George. Kay (Karima) and George owned Mama's Po'Boys. Brigitte discusses growing up with Israeli friends and feeling disconnected to Muslim Palestinians because her family was Christian. She discusses her mother's death from cancer and how that led her to start re-creating her mother's recipes, which simultaneously got her writing again. She began the blog, Zayt and Zaatar, to document that experience. Brigitte describes the family pressure to be thin, beautiful, and marry early, while constantly serving delicious Palestinian food. Unable to reconcile the two, Brigitte became bulimic.
Culture; Palestinian Arabs; Restaurants; Zabak, Brigitte
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