Corn, Tamales, and the Apple Marys: A Brief History of Women Street Vendors

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

One of the most popular trends in New York is the food truck, a freshly painted, app-friendly, mobile restaurant that promises the most authentic “ethnic” finger food, whether in the form of tacos, gyros or crepes. However when it comes to street food, these elegant food trucks are the exception. Ninety per cent of street vendors in New York are immigrants, half of them women, and most are not selling in pricey food trucks around midtown but in low-income, ethnic neighborhoods.

Camila Osorio comes to us from Feet in Two Worlds, a project that brings the work of immigrant journalists to public radio. She reports on women vendors whose work has been unrecognized, despite the fact they might be cooking the most authentic tamales. 


Karen Frillmann


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barbara johnson from manhattan

Women have always been the foundation of the world in keeping the world feed in body, faith, strength and direction.

Women from other parts of the world know about vegetable,grains wheat fruits beans and etc.They know about how to stretch a good meal of taste from various peppers of colors and even hot peppers

Living in countries that have little resources these women know how to come up with a good meal of nutrition for their family and others and be able to create a way of
not only preparing a meal but also making a living.

We as americans never really knew much about nutrition grains rice beans fruits and vegetables. We just about to learn the importance good taste nutrition that come from these foods other meats. I'm not saying that meats are not in the diet but more vegetable fruits are important

To sum it all up if you can prepare a good tasting nutritional meal and a good price there is a chance of making a good start of a business.

Sep. 08 2014 01:06 PM

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