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Feeding the Soul: A collection of recipes and reflections by the inmates of Dubai’s Correctional Institutes

If a home is the body, then the kitchen is its soul.

With a collection of 30 recipes by 30 inmates that carry a special place in their hearts, Feeding the Soul, is more than a cookbook. It is a tale of hope and a homage to the power of cooking to inspire passion and serve as a reminder of the cultures and communities we all belong to.

We invite you to join in and feed your soul.

This book would not be possible without the generosity of Mr Tawhid Abdulla.

All proceeds from sales go to the ‘From the Inside Out’ rehabilitation programme, established under the Emirates Literature Foundation in collaboration with Dubai Police.

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About the Author

Zahra Abdalla, is a half-Iranian and half-Sudanese cookbook author, entrepreneur, and social media influencer.

In 2010, her culinary journey began with her online blog. This gave her the opportunity to present her own cooking shows on MBC 3 and host the fourth season of a food and travel documentary show called Maggi Diaries on MBC 1.

Working from her studio, Zahra develops and creates modern interpretations of Middle Eastern recipes, inspired by her childhood, travels, and flavours of the region. For her, food is her artistry as well as therapy, and a medium through which long-forgotten memories can be brought back to life or new ones can be made. She is a keen advocate of sustainability and the importance of being mindful of how we source, prepare, and eat our food.

In addition to her public roles, Zahra is the founder of Zahra’s Kitchen, a retail frozen food range available for sale in Kibsons and over 35 Spinney’s and Waitrose locations across the UAE.

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