The Rice is On The Hob By Tami Aftab

The Rice is on the Hob is a collaboration between Tami Aftab and her father. Tony Aftab lives with short term memory loss, that occurred as a result of an accident in an operation almost 30 years ago for his brain condition hydrocephalus. Despite his memory loss impacting his day-to-day life, he’s never forgotten the dishes of his childhood in Pakistan. Food and cooking are now for Tony a coping mechanism for living with a chronic disability.

The father and daughter pair have long dreamed of co-authoring a photobook-meets-cookbook, in which Tami’s photographs would sit alongside Tony’s recipes. Growing up, Tami found that one of the greatest connections she had to her Pakistani heritage was through food. Landing in Pakistan with Tony in February this year to shoot their latest series was at first disorientating and even overwhelming at times, to be in a space that is so unknown and yet so familiar. “But then I taste the food,” she says with a smile, “and that feels like home to me.”

This project has been supported by WeTransfer. £5 from each book sale is donated to Muslim Hands, to rebuild homes destroyed from the 2022 Pakistan floods.

Self Published, 2023
h 292 mm x w 247mm
160 Pages


The Rice is on the Hob Tami Aftab + Tony Wepresent Tom Booth Woodger 2023

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