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Dalia Mortada

Dalia, who writes for CB’s Syrian Kitchen in Exile project, moved to Istanbul from Virginia in 2011 as a rookie reporter and expert eater. In the years since, she has built her portfolio reporting breaking news, politics and features on current affairs, meanwhile exploring the intersection of identity, migration, culture and food. It’s a crossroads that has marked her own life as the daughter of Syrian immigrants and inspired her project. She’s a regular on PRI’s The World and other public radio outlets, and has written for Al Jazeera, GlobalPost and Deustche Welle, among others. When she’s not in the field or transcribing tape, you’ll probably find her coaxing unsuspecting loved ones and Istanbul street cats into taste-testing her culinary experiments.

Recent stories by Dalia Mortada

April 29, 2016

Salloura, an Epic of Sweets: Chap. 4, Betrayal

The Syrian Kitchen in Exile -- “It is betrayal,” As’ad Salloura declared from behind his giant wooden desk at the Salloura factory, tucked away on the outskirts of Istanbul. From here, he runs the transplanted 150-year-old sweets empire that is his family’s namesake. Read more