Recipe: Harissa, Two Ways

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Orly Olivier is an artist and photographer based in Los Angeles. Her exhibition, Petit Takett: Love, Legacy, and Recipes from the Maghreb, at the Skirball Center invokes her Tunisian Jewish heritage with photographs, recipes and household objects. She says, “Petit Takett is my way of honoring both my familyʼs heritage and their crazy love for food.”

Below she shares her recipes for harissa, both the traditional spicy spread she grew up with and a version she calls, “Mexanisian.” On her blog she describes harissa as the salsa of the Middle East. “It’s used as liberally as Americans use ketchup,” she writes.

Her Petit Takett installation and event series is on view from September 1st to January 10, 2016 at the Skirball Cultural Center.