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Tom Verde

Freelance Writer

Pawcatuck, CT

Tom Verde

Freelance Journalist, specializing in Religion/Culture/History
M.A. Islamic Studies & Christian-Muslim Relations

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Dog Watch Cafe

Lazy Summer Night Dinners; Local chefs share mouth-watering recipes that are easy to prepare. Best of Foodie Crawls; Touring Newport, RI.
Foodies of New England Summer 2017 Link to Story
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Abundance: Mediterranean Cuisine Recipes by Alumni and Friends of the American University of Beirut

Alumni cookbooks can be hokey affairs: spiral-bound slap-togethers that lack culinary authority. Not so with this “collection of reliable, tested, and tasted family recipes” from graduates and friends of the American University of Beirut. The recipes are both health-conscious and diverse, within the fairly wide purview of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern cuisine.
AramcoWorld Link to Story
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The Aleppo Cookbook: Celebrating the Legendary Cuisine of Syria

Considering the recent fate of Aleppo, it is easy to be distracted from the fact that for much of the city’s long, vibrant life (Aleppo is one of the world’s oldest inhabited places), it has been “steeped in tradition, history and culture,” writes Marlene Matar. Its “reputation as a culinary magnet” is equally venerable, as reflected by Aleppo’s very name: milk (haleb in Arabic).
AramcoWorld Link to Story
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Essential Turkish Cuisine

The earthy diet of the Central Asian nomadic tribes from whence the Turks sprung focused on meat, milk and yogurt, and it developed along with the reach of those tribes over the centuries. Spices from the Mediterranean and Persia, such as “[c]umin, coriander, and herbs such as mint, dill, tarragon, purple basil, and green fenugreek infused traditional dishes with new flavors and aromas.”.
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Andalusian Queens

DIG into History Link to Story
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When Others Die, Tontine Investors Win

Living a long life is its own reward. But when you invest in a tontine, there’s an added benefit: You collect money that would have gone to people who have died. That is part of the macabre appeal of the tontine, a 350-year-old investment vehicle that fell into disfavor more than a century ago but is now getting fresh consideration as a way to help people receive steady income in retirement.
The New York Times Link to Story
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Ibn Tulun: His Lost city and Great Mosque

This elegant, richly illustrated volume covers the history, architecture, folklore and cultural significance of Africa's "longest surviving" mosque. Built by Abbasid Governor Ahmad Ibn Tulun between 867 and 879, it was the centerpiece of his new city of al-Qata’i, northeast of Fustat, the earliest Arab settlement in Egypt (both now part of Cairo).
AramcoWorld Link to Story
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Annals of the Caliphs' Kitchen: Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq's Tenth-Century Baghdadi Cookbook

Colorful and deeply informative, medieval Arabs cookbooks provide insight into the cuisine of the day, and the wider Muslim culture as a whole, from the courts of kings to the tents of soldiers to the food stalls of the marketplace. Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq’s 10th-century Kitab al-Tabikh (Book of Dishes) is the earliest known such title—a monumental work, not only of its day, but, in translation, as an addition to modern scholarship.
AramcoWorld Link to Story
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Calling a Cruise Ship Home: See the World, Then See It Again

The round-the-world cruise has long been one of those brass rings of retirement: the ultimate reward for a life well-lived (and planned). Now, some are choosing to embark on such long-haul cruises permanently.
The New York Times Link to Story
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Malika VI: Sayyida Al-Hurra

From Bangladesh tom Bangladesh to Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan to Indonesia, Senegal to Indonesia, it is not particularly rare in our own times for women in Muslim-majority countries to be appointed and elected to high offices—including heads of state. Nor has it ever been. During a period stretching back more than 14 centuries to the advent of Islam, women have held positions among many ruling elites, from malikas, or queens, to powerful advisors.
AramcoWorld Link to Story
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December 2016

A journey along CT's "Chocolate Trail."
Connecticut Magazine Link to Story
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Sound & Country Magazine

A Happy Hearth: What to Know About the Wood You Buy and Burn
New London Day Link to Story

About

Tom Verde

Specialties: Islam, Middle Eastern history, interfaith relations and dialogue, early Christian history, and comparative religion. Have written and published extensively on religion, culture, the environment, and travel in major national and international publications (New York Times, Boston Globe, AramcoWorld, Biblical Archeology, National Geographic Adventure, Travel & Leisure, Wildlife Conservation, et. al.) as well as broadcast networks including NPR, Public Radio International and the BBC. Worked with the British Council, the Social Science Research Council, and the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University to develop a secondary school curriculum entitled "Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean." Recent awards: First Place, 2017 Connecticut Press Club Communications Contest; Finalist, Religion Newswriters Magazine Writing Award, 2015; Folio Award for "Best Single Article" 2013; Clarion Award for "Best Magazine Article" 2011; also past winner of New York Festivals, National Headliner, and National Federation of Community Broadcasters awards.

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Skills

  • Editing
  • Writing
  • Curriculum Development
  • Lecturing