"The story is deeply personal though as even Shirazi’s family is divided on what should be done during the 1979 Iranian revolution. His father was a former democratic instigator during Dr. Mossadegh’s time, his mother is comfortable in the current system, the favorite child, Reza’s brother, is an officer in the brutal secret police known as the SAVAK, and his cousins are revolutionaries of varying zeal. It’s your job both to survive the revolution and help (or hurt) the revolution in your own way.
"The authors paint mindful and lucid descriptions of the First People’s everyday lives, circumstances, interactions and surroundings that you incidentally learn about the cultural machinations of these ancient peoples. The dialogue is not stilted or unnatural either. In the forward, the Gears explain how complex these societies were and that there is no reason to think they didn’t have complex system of oral communication as well.
"The word “Harira” comes from the Arabic word “Harir”, and means silky in consistency. The dish is a staple in Moroccan culture, often served during celebrations and is quite prominent during Ramadan. The nice part about Harira is the variations you can make to the recipe, such as using noodles instead of rice, tossing in some hot chili peppers, or adding cooked meat or hardboiled eggs.
"These potato dumplings can be used as a main dish, a side dish, or in a soup like the traditional dumplings you’ve probably heard of. I need to note immediately before any Czechs/Hungarians/Ukrainians/anybody from Central Europe is mad at me, I only list them as a German food because that’s where I learned about them and am using the German name. Technically they’re a Central European dish and can be found all over the place. I mean, it’s made from incredibly simple ingredients, so naturally multiple groups of people use them!"
"Imagine you are perusing the streets of Paris or soaking in the sun by the Mediterranean port of Marseille, when you feel that gnawing pang of hunger creeping into your stomach. You want something traditionally French, cheap and relatively quick so you can get back to the fabulous French sights. What do you do? You slip into one of the many cafés or bistros that line the streets of any French city and you order a Croque Madame."
"Chana Masala, sometimes called Chole Masala, is a popular dish from the North Indian state of Gujarat, and parts of Pakistan. Depending on the region, the dish is typically dry and spicy, with tangy flavors from lime. This is often served with rice, Naan (or other Indian breads), or sometimes as an appetizer by itself. This vegetarian dish is a staple in India, and easy to make."
"The Cat and the Coup is a quick, free game that tells the story of a CIA-led coup against the democratically elected prime minister of Iran, Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh, in 1953. Through what is both a game and an art project, a short narrative for the events that led to the ousting and house-arrest of Dr. Mossadegh. This coup led to the Shah’s short rule that also ended abruptly in the 1979 revolution."
"...It’s wonderfully accurate and, at times, darkly humorous treatment of bureaucracy. All of us have had our fair share of applications, official complaints, inquiries — the list goes on — and can understand, therefore, what it feels like to be fighting a seemingly invisible foe, falling through the cracks, or finding ourselves in illogical loops in the system."
" Falafel has a fairly ancient history given that it’s from the cradle of civilization, the Middle East. Most sources agree that it originally came from Egypt between 1000 and 1500 years ago but it quickly spread around the region and many groups claim to have “invented” this delicious fast food. Even the etymology of falafel is in dispute but one link could roughly translate to 'rollers, little balls'."