Breaking the News About Ethiopian Food

Breaking the News About Ethiopian Food (Part 1)

Interesting if you enjoy history.

(This is the first of a two-part look at how newspapers reported information about Ethiopian cuisine before American cities had Ethiopian restaurants. I’ve standardized the spellings of all Ethiopian foods in the excerpts from the newspapers. The links take you to many of the original stories.)

SINCE THE FIRST ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT opened in the United States , word has spread about this unique cuisine – and newspapers have played a role in spreading it.

In some cases, articles appeared in a community’s newspaper long before a restaurant came to town. And these early reporters didn’t always get things right.

There’s a lot of material out there, and this month’s installment covers the century before the opening of the country’s first Ethiopian restaurant in 1966. Next month picks the story up there.

Emperor Haile Selassie enjoys a meal in 1954. 
Neither the food nor the guests are Ethiopian.

In the…