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A Very Halal Valentine’s Day with Taz Ahmed

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Feb 10, 2020

When Dan met up with Taz Ahmed, she told him, "Eating is so much a part of getting to know someone. Without sharing that, then what is love?" This week on The Sporkful, we celebrate Valentine’s Day with Taz — a writer, activist, and co-creator (with comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh) of the podcast #GoodMuslimBadMuslim. Taz knows something about romance: she contributed to a book called Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives Of American Muslim Women, and then there are her #MuslimVDay cards (pictured above).


Over halal beef ribs and Lebanese-inflected pizza at Big Al's Pizzeria outside of Los Angeles, Dan and Taz talked about food and love — from dating as a Muslim-American to Taz's efforts to recreate the Bangladeshi home cooking she grew up with, after her mom died. Listen in to the full episode to hear Taz's advice for sharing food on a first date (hint: don't get handsy with the tacos!), and why she wishes that guys would stop trying to out-Muslim her.


Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

  • "Sweet Summer Love" by Stephen Clinton Sullivan
  • "Stay For The Summer" by William Van De Crommert
  • "Give It Up" by Stephen Clinton Sullivan

Photos courtesy of Dan Pashman and Taz Ahmed.

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