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Operation Hummus, Story #1 from Hidden Kitchens: War & Peace & Food

Operation Hummus, Story #1 from Hidden Kitchens: War & Peace & Food

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A new season of Hidden Kitchens premieres today on NPR’s Morning Edition. This season looks at the role food plays in resolving or creating conflict around the world. We call it Hidden Kitchens: Kimchi Diplomacy: War & Peace & Food.

Listen to the story now on NPR.org

They call it “The Hummus Wars.”

Lebanon accused the Israeli people of trying to steal hummus and make it their national dish, explains Ronit Vered, a food journalist with the newspaper Haaretz in Tel Aviv. And so hummus became a symbol, she tells us, “a symbol of all the tension in the Middle East.”

The war began over a 4,532-pound plate of hummus…

Read more and listen to “Operation Hummus” here.

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