Lebanon is in the midst of a terrible economic crisis, which has started to impoverish the middle class and widen the gap between the rich elite, including those who have enriched themselves by draining the economy, and the remaining of the population in Lebanon.
People are trading personal items online, some quite valuable, for basic goods such as diapers and cooking oil. And bread has become less affordable.
TV Chef Antoine isn’t certainly oblivious to that and to the hit most households in Lebanon are enduring. As families are trying to adapt, he also is doing his part in guiding them through their meals’ preparation.
As the NY Times reported, he has removed beef meat from his menus. Instead, he now “fills his segments with tips on how to keep dishes tasty with less oil, fewer eggs, and cheaper vegetables.”
“Beef got expensive so we moved to chicken, and now people are telling me that chicken is expensive, too,” he said.
Very true. With the Lebanese lira so low against the dollar, meat isn’t the only ingredient that’s off the Lebanese families’ menus.