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New York City
Editor-at-Large, Clarkson Potter
As seen in:  New York Times, Salon

I write about food, cooking, and people. I'm an editor at Clarkson Potter, and I judge on Top Chef Masters. Let the Lipitor sort it out. (Photo by @pxnola)

The Rich Tradition of Filipino Embutido

nytimes.com — Before she showed me how to make the egg-stuffed, raisin-speckled meatloaf of her Filipino youth, Emma Phojanakong took me to the curiously named Johnny Air Mart.

The pill that seriously kills your sweet tooth

salon.com — Last week, we had a little fun partying with* Miracle Fruit, which tricks your taste buds into thinking that sour things taste sweet. Tra-la-la! Isn't life grand, all rose-colored glasses, when you can nibble on a lemon and have it taste like candy? Unicorns and ponies and kitty kitty kats yay!

Can These Two Men Save the East Coast Oyster?

foodandwine.com — Photo © Theo Morrison Where the Rappahannock River feeds the Chesapeake Bay, off the coast of Topping, Virginia, I dipped my hand into the gray-green water and took a taste. It was soft but heavy, with the quietest purr of salt.

Turkey Confidential 2014

splendidtable.org — Turkey Confidential, our annual live call-in show, will air Thursday, Nov. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST on public radio stations nationwide. We'll also have a live audio stream on this page. We'll be playing bingo in the control room. Play along with us!

Chicken Kottu Roti

cooking.nytimes.com — This recipe for kottu roti, a popular Sri Lankan street food, comes from Sanjeewa Gooneratne, who prepares the dish at events around New York on a griddle the size of a sled A flaky flatbread is stir-fried with eggs and spices and finished with a curry sauce Don't let the long list of spices deter you from making the dish

Sri Lankan Kottu Roti, by Way of Staten Island

nytimes.com — In the atlas of "Little" neighborhoods - the Little Italys, Little Tokyos, Little Indias of the world - New York's Little Sri Lanka may be the littlest. It's just one and a half blocks, and its groceries and restaurants share the Staten Island North Shore streetscape with bodegas and an Albanian pizzeria.

Is It Fair for Chefs to Cook Other Cultures’ Foods

scribd.com — Cultures' Foods? Two immigrant sons hash out what it's like to haveyour food shunned and celebrated in Americaby Francis Lam and Eddie Huang June 5, 2012Last week, the New York Times published a piece by me entitled "Cuisines Mastered as AcquiredTastes."

The most depressing hot dog stand in America

salon.com — Here is what you can expect in a good Chicago hot dog: an absurdly juicy frank (most likely from the excellently logoed Vienna Beef), a luxuriously smushy bun, and a cavalcade of condiments: yellow mustard, chopped onions, a wedge of pickle, tomato slices, hot sport peppers, a few dashes of celery salt, and an otherworldly neon green relish, so bright you can read by it.

The Best of Southern Food Writing (Friends Fund Publication): Francis Lam, John T. Edge: 9780820346663: Amazon.com: Books

amazon.com — Praise for earlier editions of Cornbread Nation:"Could ultimately be the best ongoing collection of food writing in America today."-Edible Memphis"Like taking a road trip to deliciously obscure spots all over the region, filling up on barbecue, chicken mull and honeysuckle sorbet along the way."-Charleston Magazine"An annual feast of food writing."-New Orleans Times-Picayune"Rich with food lore."-Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The greatest snack in the sky: Delta’s cookies

salon.com — I am a terrible frequent flier. I have eight mileage accounts, which is really confusing because I just realized there are only like three airlines left anyway. But, lately, I find my online-shopping trigger finger itching to buy tickets on Delta, because someone there finally found the key to my brand loyalty: serve a good snack.
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Jan 25, 2015

Whatever's left must be some real crappy bread. RT @DavidClinchNews #blizzardof2015 preparation in NJ: @rustywx (pic from Jeremy Papke)

Jan 25, 2015

@zinfarmerchef Oh no, so sad. I'm so sorry to hear this. I was talking about her with @tamareadler just yesterday. Such a special person.

Jan 25, 2015

RT @tkretchmar: pro tip: in #timesofsnow ordering $$$ worth of refrigerable Chinese food is always more civilized than participating in supermarket insanity

Jan 24, 2015

Having a lot of fun imagining Antony and the Johnsons as UFC fighters.

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