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Maftoul, a Palestinian cousin to couscous, with chicken and vegetables; the recipe is from "Falastin" by Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley. [Mariah Tauger/Los Angeles Times/TNS]

The deep red of ground sumac brings to mind the ripest strawberry, though the spice’s flavor veers lemony and tart — like a floral vinegar distilled into powder.

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