Mary Fawzy

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Lyon, France
University Of Cape Town
Food History, Food Writing, North African And Middle Eastern Cuisine
  • Mary once tried every single shawarma store in her city (Cape Town) for an assignment.
  • When she's not working, she's reading up on food history and on the hunt for everyone's grandmother's recipes.
  • Her biggest pride is hosting classes on how to make the perfect falafel.


Mary has been a food and culture writer for the past five years. Coming from a background of non-profit work, writing and recipe development became a creative outlet. When she discovered she could combine the two (food and writing), she never looked back. She has recipes published in Kitchn, Food52, Allrecipes, and Eating Well. She's also got pieces on the intersection of food, history, and justice in Vittles, Gastro Obscura, and New Frame. She was also featured as an "African foodie to watch" by South African magazine, Fresh Living in 2022. As an Egyptian who grew up in Southern Africa, Mary has a passion for Pan-African cuisine and the creative evolution of recipes that come from the immigrant experience.


Mary has a Master's degree (MPhil) in Justice and Transformation from the University of Cape Town, South Africa
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