An intimate love story with food

At the end of the day, when you've had a really long day at uni or work , you go home with one thought on your mind,"Yatara mama tabkha eh?"

Photo by: Mohamed Medhat.


Whenever Egyptians talk about love, all they ever think of is love in relationships or mother-daughter/son love; the typical traditional way of thinking.However, they always manage to forget about the most under-appreciated, unconditional form of love there is; the love of food.


Now I know what you’re thinking, how can anyone’s love for food beat their love for another human being? It’s easy! Loving another person will most probably lead your heart to be broken, but food will never break your heart or not be there when you need it. In fact, if you think about it, what always gets you through hard times? What do you always think of when you feel down or lonely? The answer is always food! So don’t you think food deserves to be a lot more appreciated?


Another very important point to mention is that whoever you are and whatever lifestyle you follow, your love for food always exists. For example, people who go on a diet or lead a healthy lifestyle always allow themselves a weekly cheat day or meal. This is exactly like calling someone when you miss them, the only difference is that while your special someone might be too busy for you, food will always be available. Sometimes we even use food as a coping mechanism, while people around the world use yoga and other physical methods to cope with stress, Egyptians find comfort in “ma7shi”.


Another point that almost no one notices is that the most profitable business in Egypt is restaurants and food stands.This just proves how emotionally attached we are to food either it’s Egyptian/oriental food like “koshary” or foreign foods that we recently learned to appreciate like sushi.

At the end of  a really long day at uni or work, you go home with one thought on your mind,“Yatara mama tabkha eh?” , which also proves that Egyptians have an intimate love story with food that people around the world will never understand.


”there is no sincerer love than the love of food” –George Bernard Shaw