Couscous: A North African Staple For the Jews of North Africa couscous is as homey as apple pie. By Claudia Roden | 0 0 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.