Brigitte Caland is a professional cook trained in France with Marc Meneau (L’Espérance), Philippe Legendre (Le V) and the Pourcel Brothers (La Maison Blanche). She has a PhD from I.N.A.L.C.O., Paris and teaches ancient Hebrew in the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages at the American University of Beirut. Her work derives from an interest in the history and evolution of food. From 2009 to 2011, she created a series of meals inspired by old recipes from Mesopotamia to the Ottoman Empire at Melisse, a two-star restaurant in Santa Monica, US.

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