Neighborhood Kitchens

Five Gluten-Free Recipes From Around the World

By Patricia Alvarado Nuñez

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More and more we hear about the gluten-free diet, which eliminates a protein naturally found in wheat, rye and barley. For people suffering from Celiac disease, an autoimmune intolerance to gluten, this diet is a must. Others choose to observe a gluten-free diet to improve their overall health.

A few years ago, finding gluten-free products in a store was nearly impossible. These days it is easier to find

gluten-free pasta, bread, pizza and yes, even chocolate chip cookies! Fortunately, more restaurants, cafes and bakeries are also expanding their gluten-free offerings. Even airlines are changing their in-flight menus to offer gluten-free alternatives.

As Neighborhood Kitchens has explored New England and met several great cooks, we have learned that cuisines from all over the world – Mexican, Thai, Indian, Japanese – offer great gluten-free options. Several of the chefs we feature in season 1 of our show have recipes that rely on cornmeal, quinoa, plantains, lentils, tapioca, potatoes, and rice—all gluten-free alternatives—to create delicious dishes. Here are some of our favorites:


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Chef Carlos Walter Rodriguez of Orinoco serves his Panela-Marinated Salmon served over creamed quinoa and his Arepa Portobello made with cornmeal.

Chef José Duarte created a Maine Lobster Causa for his North End restaurant, Taranta. It’s a delicious appetizer made with potatoes.

Dosa Temple's Chef Siva Kumar says that Medhu Vada is of their most popular snacks, made with lentils and rice.

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Chef Hector Piña is the owner of Merengue and his Shrimp-Stuffed Plantains are tasty!

Chef Fátima “Fafa" Langa of Muqueca makes a delicious desert called Tapioca Cuscuz with yucca flour. 


-- Patricia Alvarado Núñez is the Series Producer of Neighborhood Kitchens.


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Building on a 35-year history of producing Latino and multicultural programming, WGBH’s award winning La Plaza team has a new offering — Neighborhood Kitchens, a series about the exploration of culture through food. Every week the show offers a unique window into immigrant communities in New England.

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Patricia Alvarado Nuñez Patricia Alvarado Nuñez
Patricia Alvarado Nuñez is an award-winning producer creating Latino and multicultural programming  for WGBH and La Plaza. (She cooks, too!)

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»Boston: Bristol Lounge
»Boston's South End: Orinoco, Teranga and Oishii
»Boston's Back Bay: Casa Romero
»Boston's North End: Taranta
»Roxbury: Merengue
»Boston's Beacon Hill: Scampo
»All Around Boston: Mei Mei Street Kitchens
»Cambridge: Muqueca, Oleana, and Sandrine's
Somerville: Dosa Temple
»Lawrence: Cafe Azteca
»Lowell: Simply Khmer

»Fresh from the Fish Market
»Jamaica Plain: Tres Gatos
»Dorchester: Pho Le and Cafe Polonia
»Medford: Bistro 5
»Portland, ME: Emilitsa
»Newport, RI: Tallulah on Thames
»Pawtucket, RI: Rasoi


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