Salma Serry is a food researcher, writer and director who has gathered and archived over 400 historical books of regional cuisine, as part of a study that explores the connection between food, culture and migration. The Jameel Arts Centre, as part of its Library Circle, dedicated to research, conferences and experimental events with the professionals of the United Arab Emirates, with particular attention paid to “thinking in public”, hosts, until the 1st of August, the studies of Serry. An exploration of food as a place for confluence where history, knowledge, politics, economics, the senses and semantics interconnect. The research includes restaurant menus, traditional and historic cookbooks, personal photos, newspaper extracts, as well as extracts from interviews and television cooking shows. An unusual unconventional patrimony for a journey from the end of the 1960s to the end of the 1990s. The studies of Serry also act as a bridge between the calendar of the Jameel Arts Center of Dubai with that of its new sister institution, Hayy Jameel in Jeddah. The opening exhibition of Hayy Arts, Staple: What's On Your Plate?, co-curated with its London-based partner, the Delfina Foundation, investigates, in fact, what we eat and the connection between food and memory, ecology and location, through the contribution of over thirty people, including artists, researchers, intellectuals, performers, directors and creative types of all sorts.