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04 Apr '16

Fine Cooking Feature

Posted by Louisa Shafia

Magpie Cookshop is featured in the April/May 2016 issue of Fine Cooking magazine, alongside Louisa's article, "The Art of Persian Rice". The featured item is a damkoni, a padded cloth that catches condensation as rice steams. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand or Whole Foods, or see the article here.

24 Jul '15

Ex-Perkins Coie Counsel Cooks Up a New Career

Posted by Sabahat Chaudhary

Having spent nearly a decade at Am Law 100 firms, it wasn’t easy for Sabahat Chaudhary to completely change directions with her career.

In January, Chaudhary, who is in her late 30s, left her role as a commercial litigation and international trade counsel at Perkins Coie in Washington, D.C., to focus on Magpie Cookshop, a company she co-founded in 2013 with Louisa Shafia, a chef and cookbook author. Together the two women create practical and eco-friendly kitchen items, such as aprons, produce bags and tea towels.

Before joining Perkins Coie in 2010, Chaudhary graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center and took a job at Howrey, a now-defunct Am Law 100 firm, where she mainly handled antitrust and insurance coverage cases. However, as her career continued, Chaudhary couldn’t shake the feeling that she had another calling.

Read more at The American Lawyer.

10 Dec '14

Washington Post: Gifts for the food and drink lovers on your list (December 2014)

Posted by Sabahat Chaudhary

 Environmentally friendly, stylish products for cooks, made in the District. The elegant, sturdy twill apron (above) has deep pockets, a generously sized neck strap and durable strings. If you’re trying to cut down on plastic wrap, food preserver bowl toppers (below) come in three sizes, all with elastic bands to cover most bowls in your kitchen. A blend of of hemp and Lyocell (made from wood pulp), machine washable. Apron, $85; bowl toppers $36 for set of three; at Magpie Cookshop.

Read more at The Washington Post

21 Nov '14

Edible Manhattan: Louisa Shafia, Author of ‘The New Persian Kitchen,’ Launches Kitchen Goods Website

Posted by Louisa Shafia

Louisa Shafia, author of The New Persian Kitchen and founder of Lucid Food, who we covered in our most recent travel issue of Edible Brooklyn, is debuting a curated selection of kitchen goods this week. It’s called Magpie Cookshop and it’s focused on offering high-quality and highly functional products that encourage sustainable habits. Although you can only visit them in person in D.C., they do have an online store where you can purchase responsibly sourced kitchen hacks including cloth bowl toppers that help preserve food and reusable sandwich bags.

The first Google result when you search for Lakh Lakh is a wonderful Bollywood music video featuring superstar Kareena Kapoor and several great (and inimitable) dance sequences. But the video shares its name with a pop-up endeavor featuring Persian street food from Shafia. She’s been hosting dinners at Porsena Extra Bar every Monday since mid-September, and tonight’s menu includes bastani nooni (pistachio ice cream sandwich with house made cardamom wafer) and  a lamb liver kebab with fresh basil and flatbread.

Read more at Edible Manhattan

13 Nov '14

Washington Post: Five local vendors to check out at the Emporiyum

Posted by Sabahat Chaudhary

The Emporiyum marks the debut of this collaboration between New York-based cookbook author Louisa Shafia and Washington lawyer Sabahat Chaudhary. The two have designed a “line of sustainable and fashionable kitchen textiles,” Shafia says, including an apron, tea towel, produce bags and food-preserver bowl toppers. The textiles are colored with natural dyes; materials include a cotton-hemp blend and recycled polyester blend. The products are handmade in Washington and, other than at the Emporiyum, are available only online for now. The pair hopes to expand with a pop-up or brick-and-mortar store, and partner with shops in New York and Washington to carry their products.

Farmers market produce bags from Magpie Cookshop. (Courtesy Lauren Volo Photography)

Read more at The Washington Post