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Eating Mud Crabs in Kandahar


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Introduction: The Name of the Third Chicken: Kosovo Matt McAllester Part One: Survival Rations Night Light: El Salvador and Haiti Lee Hockstader A Diet for Dictators: North Korea Barbara Demick Siege Food: Bosnia Janine di Giovanni Miraculous Harvests: China Isabel Hilton Part Two: Insistent Hosts How Harry Lost His Ear: Northern Ireland Scott Anderson Weighed down by a Good Meal: Gaza and Israel Joshua Hammer The Price of Oranges: Pakistan Jason Burke Jeweled Rice: Iran Farnaz Fassihi The Oversize Helmsman of an Undersize Country: Israel Matt Rees Part Three: Food under Fire Same-Day Cow: Afghanistan Tim Hetherington Eau de Cadavre: Somalia and Rwanda Sam Kiley Eating Mud Crabs in Kandahar: Afghanistan Christina Lamb Munther Cannot Cook Your Turkey: Iraq Rajiv Chandrasekaran Part Four: Breaking Bread The Best Man I Ever Knew: Georgia Wendell Steavenson Dinner with a Jester: Afghanistan Jon Lee Anderson Sugarland: Haiti Amy Wilentz My Life in Pagans: Ossetia James Meek The House of Bread: Bethlehem Charles M. Sennott Biographies Acknowledgments Index

About the Author

Matt McAllester is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a contributing editor at Details magazine. He is the author of Bittersweet: Lessons from My Mother's Kitchen, Blinded by Sunlight: Surviving Abu Graib and Saddam's Iraq, and Beyond the Mountains of the Damned: The War Inside Kosovo. He is also Visiting Professor of Journalism at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, where he teaches international reporting. His website is


"In this riveting collection, correspondents share war stories through the lens of food and drink." Mother Jones "A fascinating read." -- Amanda Gold San Francisco Chronicle "An exceptional choice for those who enjoy finding out the hidden culinary lives of the people whom we read about in the daily press... Highly recommended." -- Aziz Fatnassi Indiana Food Rev

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