Issue 11: Zenash’s Journey

Zenash's Journey

While every refugee’s story is different and their anguish personal, they all share a common thread of uncommon courage—the courage not only to survive, but to persevere and rebuild their lives.

Antonio Guterres, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees

In the winter of 1981, in a season defined by arctic blasts, Zenash Beyene fled the persecution of Ethiopian Jews and was resettled by a refugee organization in Chicago. Today she is the owner of the restaurant Ras Dashen, named after the highest mountain peak in Ethiopia. This issue of the Cook’s Gazette explores how food memories have shaped the narrative of her life. It is also a tribute to her delicious food, her courage, perseverance and success.

Features of this issue

Zenash’s Journey

Ethiopian Food

Niter Kibbeh

Doro Wot

Zenash’s Chickpea Salad

All of the photos in this issue were shot by Zak Yasin

1 Comment

  • Jill Houk says:

    This is your best issue yet! Your profile of the chef shows your deep respect for her, as well as her culinary techniques. The recipes look delicious, and the photographs have my mouth watering!

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