• History, Via Food: Near East Rice Pilaf Blazes A Trail

    6 monthes ago - By Food Republic

    Award-winning food writer Keith Pandolfi's profile of the iconic rice pilaf brand Near East for the Boston Globe is an eye-opening dive into the history of immigrants' and refugees' influence on American cuisine. Chances are you've eaten this pilaf (and loved it - it's everywhere and absolutely delicious), and never thought twice about the company that's been producing it for 56 years. In fact, Near East was started by an Armenian immigrant named Hannah Kalajian, who fled her country for America as turmoil turned to all-out war.
    Kalajian's story is deeply tragic and not uncommon at all for...
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