Anny is a scholar of culinary history and literature in the Arab world. Her dissertation project combines literary, historical, and anthropological approaches in order to understand domestic kitchens in 20th century Egypt and Morocco. She also works as a freelance translator (Arabic-English) and has maintained a food blog since 2011.

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Currently a PhD candidate in Arabic & Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, Anny holds an MA from Georgetown and a BA from Yale. She has received research funding from the Fulbright program, the Social Science Research Council, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, the American Research Center in Egypt, and the American Friends of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery.

Through time spent in Morocco, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt, Anny has learned to speak several Arabic dialects, Tashelheet (Amazigh), and exactly enough French to organize a dinner party in Paris. She likes to ride her silver blue Italian bicycle.


Email her at ann [dot] gaul [at] gmail [dot] com

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Reviving the Forgotten Flavours of the Ottoman Palace Kitchen, by Stephanie D'Arc Taylor, Middle East Eye, August 10, 2015.

The Carton - Jazz Manouche - Spring 2014, The Culturist blog, April 10, 2014.

Shahrazad's Pharmacy: Literary Objects That Delight and Instruct, by Will Barnes, Arabic Literature (in English) blog, March 25, 2014.

The Sounds of Cairo, by Razan Al Zayani, The Carton: Jazz Manouche, no. 9, Spring 2014.

7 Delicious Bowls of Authentic Middle Eastern Hummus, by Miriam Berger, BuzzFeed, November 11, 2013.

Dinner at Anny's, Paris, Devour Blog, September 8, 2013.