Welcome to Feast in the Middle East! Blanche Shaheen is an Arab American and network television host and reporter in both entertainment and news. She is currently a correspondent for NBC’s “California Live” where she interviews local chefs, restauranteurs, actors, and business people that are making an impact, while also covering lively events going on in the San Francisco Bay Area. Before that she reported live daily on the ABC entertainment program called “View from the Bay,” hosted the independent film show “Video I” for PBS for 10 years, reported live news daily for the Tech TV show called “Tech Live” and hosted numerous news and political programs for Link Media.
In 2010 Blanche made the switch to hosting her own cooking show, sharing 100s of years old recipes preserved by her mother and grandmother. These were heirloom recipes handed word of mouth from one generation to the next, recipes that even culinary schools lacked–however, there were no written measurements. With her journalism background, she decided to document the recipes in an ongoing cookbook, and Feast in the Middle East was born. In 2020 she launched her highly rated cookbook, “Feast in the Middle East, a Personal Journey of Family and Cuisine.”
Blanche’s Youtube cooking show has gained international recognition in the press. Her cookbook was recognized as one of the top Middle Eastern culinary books by Vogue Arabia, and she has been featured on BBC World News, KQED’s “Check Please” program, NPR radio, the Palo Alto Weekly, the Los Altos Crier, the Mountain View Voice, and a regular column in the San Jose Mercury News. Her blog was voted as the 6th most popular Middle Eastern food blog in the world: https://blog.feedspot.com/middle_eastern_food_blogs/
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The feedback has been tremendous, with thousands of visitors every day from around the world visiting and commenting on her blog, YouTube page, articles, and Facebook pages. Check this blog regularly for updated recipes, cooking tips, information about exotic ingredients, family stories, and videos of Blanche’s cooking journey.
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As for educational background, Blanche got her Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy of Industrial Societies at U.C. Berkeley, followed by a Master’s Degree in broadcast journalism. She speaks Spanish and Arabic, is a certified Zumba Fitness and bootcamp instructor, and a fervent abolitionist, supporting Not for Sale and the International Justice Mission against human trafficking and slavery. She is also a Compassion International sponsor for a second grade girl in Colombia.
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