Making Menudo with My Abuela

“If food is like a language, then menudo is its own dialect in my family.”

Mar 08, 2017
Learning to Cook After Relearning to Eat

I’ve gotten better at eating since rehab, but I’ve yet to explore the pleasure of food; of preparing it and enjoying it.

Feb 06, 2017
The Taste of Grief: On Family Meals, Marriage, and Mourning

I want to be the bridge between his memory and her love for cooking.

Dec 13, 2016
The Meat Decision

“We eat meat and tell ourselves these bodies are just burger, ham, filets.”

C: Cherry (from the Book of Difficult Fruit)

“Half my neighbor’s sour cherry tree grew over our fence, which made that half ours by law no matter what she said.”

Apr 08, 2016
The Chosen Sheep

“It’s right, I think, to have death be a part of life; it’s the way it should be.”

Nov 25, 2015
The Interloper

“Americans don’t typically like being reminded of slavery.”

Nov 24, 2015
The Mango King

“He showed us the realm of good-eating fruit, and we have come to protect this pleasure fiercely.”

Nov 18, 2015

Level 1 is not hot (sorry, Sriracha). Level 2 (habanero, scotch bonnet) gets interesting. Then there is Level 3.

Oct 06, 2015

“I’d have to borrow money, but the question is: who from?”

Limes and Quail

I keep reminding myself that I’ll go to Sicily for the history, not the limes. But why kid myself?

Sep 07, 2015