Couscous: A North African Staple For the Jews of North Africa couscous is as homey as apple pie. By Claudia Roden Single Page Print this page Ingredients Directions Did you like this article? MyJewishLearning is a not-for-profit organization. Please consider making a donation today. Claudia Roden is one of England's leading food writers. Her works include the James Beard Award winning The Book of Jewish Food and A Book of Middle Eastern Food.