Books

FROM VEILS TO THONGS: An Arab Chick’s Survival Guide to Balancing One’s Ethnic Identity in America
Createspace, 2010, 290 pages

NOTABLE

  • Included in the prestigious Carnegie International 2013, under the Bidoun Exhibit, because it was found on the streets of Cairo one month before the revolution.
  • 2nd Round Draft pick, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, 2012

In FROM VEILS TO THONGS, Khalil exposes what she calls, THE REAL WAR ON TERROR, presenting a hilarious, yet poignant, Colbert-like take on living in cross-fire of the conservative Arabic and liberal American cultures.

Arabic women deal with very serious issues that they often feel powerless to change. Western women are raised to be extremely assertive and even fight for her rights. One who is both Arab and American is very often, very confused. Her one foot is planted firmly in a traditional world whose cultural rules haven’t changed in over 2,000 years. Her other foot is skidding on a thin piece of ice, the mega-liberal free-for-all, called America. And she is trying to balance walking on both.

This hilarious, lighthearted survival guide explains how to retain one’s sanity in the battle of the ultimate culture clash, and offers hilarious explanations as to why we have absurd cultural rules such as arranged marriages. Best of all, Westerners not only finally have a practical tool in which to better understand us and our wacky ways, but they too, can find answers.

Like us, many Americans are struggling in this escalating socio-political cultural war. They are torn between conservatism and liberalism, tradition and progression, fidelity and fun, flats and pumps! It’s hard to balance it all. It really is.

Contrasting Eastern traditions with Western ideas, V2T explains how to function when one’s conservative ethnic side is at war with their liberal Western side.

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Sito’s 15 Minute Mediterranean Meals
Createspace, 2013, 126 pages, full color photographs

Mediterranean Diet Lovers!  Sisters and best friends, Dalel and Leila Khalil, along with Leila’s husband John, teamed up together to create Sito’s 15 Minute Mediterranean Meals – 25 fast, easy, healthy and delicious dishes from countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, that only take 15 minutes or less to prepare.  This cookbook compliments Sito’s Mediterranean Salad Dressing, Leila’s amazing, all natural Salad Dressing.

Recipes for quick, delicious, and healthy meals, accompanied by lush, full-page, color photographs of the dishes and of sites from around the Mediterranean. Take mini-trips to faraway lands, and learn how to make healthy, exotic, gourmet meals in the same time you’d spend watching commercials and waiting for a pizza to be delivered.

Also included is a lively discussion of the Mediterranean lifestyle, and an introduction to the foods. Grocery lists are also included to help with shopping. All recipes have been tested by non-chefs to insure that they are easy to follow and produce great tasting results.

This is a great book for those who need or prefer to follow a Mediterranean diet. There are a number of flavorful and hearty vegan and vegetarian dishes, as well as feasts for those who love chicken, beef, or seafood. Many of the dishes are gluten-free; only a few call for nuts, shellfish, fish, or milk (cheese); none contain peanuts, soy or eggs, so there are many delicious dishes for those with food allergies and sensitivities.

The recipes are targeted for 1-4 diners, so the book would make a handy gift for someone moving into their first apartment, as well as for couples, families with young children, and anyone who likes to eat!

Treat yourself and your friends and family to something beyond the ordinary with these gorgeous, mouth-watering dishes.


Coming soon…

Dalel is currently working on her 3rd book which will focus on spirituality.

FROM VEILS TO THONGS: An Arab Chick’s Survival Guide to Balancing One’s Ethnic Identity in America

In FROM VEILS TO THONGS, Khalil exposes what she calls, THE REAL WAR ON TERROR, presenting a hilarious, yet poignant, Colbert-like take on living in cross-fire of the conservative Arabic and liberal American cultures