Food

How My Family Cookbook Brought Me Back Home

We weren’t exactly rewriting our family traditions, but it felt good knowing that there was still a place for me in them.

May 12, 2020
Learning to Eat While Pregnant and Recovering from an Eating Disorder

I pray my baby will love their body, or at least accept it, and carry it around the world, just as I have carried them too, with pride and joy.

Apr 07, 2020
What We Talk About When We Talk About Food: Noah Cho and Bryan Washington in Conversation

“The food scene in the Bay Area is dying because everything is so expensive; rent is expensive.”

Wherever the Limdi Grows: Growing Up Gujarati in Southern California

I deliberately and obstinately use the word ‘limdi’ and not the term ‘curry leaf’ because the word ‘curry’ has always bothered me.

Dec 09, 2019
Finding Home and Comfort in the Food of Korean American Chef Eunjo Park

Eunjo Park, the executive chef at Momofuku’s Kawi, is cooking her way through it. Her food is a reminder that it’s okay not to be one-hundred percent anything.

Dec 03, 2019
Growing Mushrooms at the End of the World

A mastery of mushrooms and their uses could help me survive in a post-apocalyptic world—a world that didn’t feel all that far away.

Oct 15, 2019
Home Is Where the Taro Buns Are

How a small bakery in the Midwest gave me the Asian community I'd been searching for

Oct 10, 2019
A Search for the Secret Sauce I Hoped Would Connect Me to My Heritage

I sought a cherished symbol from my own childhood, not a standardized emblem of all Indonesian culture, which I can’t and shouldn’t pretend is all mine to take.

Feb 07, 2019
My Family’s Secret Recipe for Immortality

Though my mother’s no longer here to meet my son, he’ll taste his grandmother’s cooking though our family’s Sunday gravy, the one I make every week to keep her spirit alive.

How This Woman Celebrates Black History and Food in Salvador, Brazil

Miraci is being the one thing blackness has always been forced to be even when unwilling—political.

Dec 11, 2018
Special Request: Why I Fought with My Family on Holiday

“I wanted to be present in Paris. I forgot to be present with my family.”

Nov 20, 2018
A Recipe for Survival

Your stomach hurts because all you’ve eaten this week is frozen yogurt—but it is a hurt you can bear more than hunger.

Oct 25, 2018
“Parrot Isn’t Hungry”: On Family, Food, Fasting, and Ramadan

This Eid will not be Eid until I’ve spent time crying and laughing, describing the aromas of foods that are not here.

May 15, 2018
What “American Night” Meant to My Chinese American Family

Holding on to our cultural foods and customs was a labor of love, but labor nevertheless. American Night provided a little respite.

Mar 29, 2018
When the Food You Rejected as a Kid Becomes Trendy

“FOE!” he had yelled, when really, phở is more graceful than that.

Jan 04, 2018
The Strangeness of Eating Fish

Herring in Ukraine to fried whiting on my street. Melville to Jewish legend. How easily we eat fish caught from depths we don’t understand.

Nov 30, 2017
The Struggle of “Eating Well” When You’re Poor

“Finding joy in food that comes from a bag or a box feels like a sin in a society that demonizes it.”

Oct 30, 2017
Making Menudo with My Abuela

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

Mar 08, 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 Interloper

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

Nov 24, 2015