Muslims will begin their month of fasting on July 8, a time when each night becomes a joyous celebration as they sit down to break the day's fast and enjoy dishes such as lamb and okra stew or chef Suzanne Husseini's favorite, atayef, a deep-fried dough filled with soft cheese.
"After fasting all day, your blood sugar has dipped, so you just want something sticky and sweet and warm," she said. San Francisco chef Yahya Salih said the hearty meals are always welcome after a day of fasting, during which he must taste dishes only on the tip of his tongue, "because I can't swallow it."

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