A beautifully illustrated Middle Eastern vegan cookbook, an introduction to the cultures of the region, and an examination of the ongoing refugee crises.
Karvan Kitchen is a beautifully illustrated cookbook packed with mouth-watering recipes for a wide range of vegan dishes throughout the Middle East—whether salads, mezze plates, main courses, the enormous variety of grains, sweet desserts, and beverages. Karvan Kitchen is also an evocative introduction to the many diverse cultures of the region and an eye-opening and compelling examination of the refugee crises caused by the conflicts in Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia.
Soraya Beheshti demonstrates how food is often the central connection many refugees have to their native countries and a means of creating community even when forced to live in difficult conditions many miles from home.
Soraya Beheshti has worked for several years with refugees across the Middle East and Asia. She is the CEO and founder of Karvan, a non-profit organization that leverages innovative Blockchain technology to improve the lives of refugees around the world.
Karvan was a recipient of the Columbia University Innovation Grant and was a semi-finalist for the Tech.Co Startup of the Year competition and the 2018 Hult Prize, the world's largest social venture competition.
She currently runs the Middle East and North Africa operations for Crimson Education, a US/UK university admissions support consultancy, from her base in Dubai.