From the Smithsonian Folklife Festival: "What is Armenian food? As Liana Aghajanian explains in her article for Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown: Armenia, it depends on whom you ask. Food traditions are deeply influenced not only by culture, but by place. Within the current political boundaries of Armenia, food is greatly influenced by the landscape and seasons, as well as the Soviet past. For Armenian Diaspora, many of whose family histories trace back to the Ottoman Empire and forced migration to Lebanon, Syria, and other places in the Middle East, food traditions are quite different."