Chickpea Flour Lets Chefs Cook Across Cultures

Mike Sula

It seems likely that no one in Nice was grappling with gluten intolerance when the Turks attacked in 1543. (They had bigger problems.) As legend has it, when the Niçois ran out of ammo, they mixed hot oil with chickpea soup and poured it over the walls onto the invaders.

Who knows who took the first taste of these munitions? But somehow, that...