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September 30, 2017 at 9:37 am

Alumni News | Languages’ Maffei Featured in Cover Story on How Halal Food Is Adapting to America

Ohio University alum Yvonne Maffei ’97, ’00M is The Kitchn cover story in an article headlined “This Wildly Popular Blogger Shows How Halal Food Is Adapting to America.”

Yvonne Maffei

Yvonne Maffei

Maffei, who lives in greater Chicago, is the author of the popular blog-turned cookbook, My Halal Hitchen. She earned degrees in Spanish and Global Studies-Latin American from the College of Arts & Sciences and a master’s in Development Studies from the Center for International Studies at Ohio University.

The Kitchn writes:

One of the marvels of the internet is the way it has given a voice to marginalized eaters and cooks who have found community in niches of Facebook and blogs. From health concerns (gluten-free, celiac, and diabetic) to passionate gadget-users (hi, Instant Pot fanatics!), cooks find their tribe online.

The rise of the Muslim community and its halal cooks may seem, to the non-initiated, as one more niche community, of interest to a select few. But the numbers say otherwise. Muslims are the fastest-growing community in the world, set to make up a quarter of the globe’s population within the next two decades.

And if you have even unconscious assumptions about that community, drop them now. The leading blogger in halal food breaks every unfortunate stereotype around Muslim cooking and women, and is a fascinating picture of how halal food is far more than just a niche community — it’s a picture of how America itself melts down barriers and creates a new blended reality….

Read the rest of the story at The Kitchn.


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