Cover Photo: Photograph via Prosperosity/Wikimedia Commons
Photograph via Prosperosity/Wikimedia Commons

How Yams Helped My Family Survive Postwar Vietnam

To my family, yams are more than just a root vegetable.

Hoang Samuelson is a writer, editor, and storyteller whose work focuses on food, family and culture. She's been featured in Food52, HuffPost Canada, Raising Mothers, Roxane Gay's newsletter, and more. A regular contributor to The Kitchn and, she loves to connect with people through eating and reading. Currently, she lives in Portland, Oregon with her partner, two kids, and a very active dog. Find out more about her at