Monday, October 19, 2009

Hummus and Falafil

""No one has the right to call hummus and falafel his national dish," said Siham Baghdadi Zurub, a Ramallah-based chef and author of the Arabic-language cookbook The Palestinian Cuisine. She argued that in fact Palestinians were the first to make hummus of chickpeas, since the crop was plentiful, rather than from fava beans as done in Egypt and Syria. "Putting copyright on certain dishes is a selfish trend that reflects insecurity and lack of common sense."" (thanks Ibn Rushd)