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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, judge on Top Chef Masters, and columnist at the NYT Magazine. I take statins.

A Spicy Spinach Stew From Ghana

nytimes.com — I thought I would talk with Samuel Obeng about the smoky spinach stew the chefs serve at his Bronx restaurant, Papaye, but he steered the conversation toward weightier matters. "I want to set up an African cultural center here in the Bronx," he told me. "In Manhattan, they have a museum about sex!

The Corn Cakes of Red Hook

nytimes.com — At some point during the Age of Disco, an enterprising Guatemalan organized a summertime soccer league in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and ever since, New Yorkers from all over Latin America have brought their cleats, kids and cowbells. What grew up around them was a propane-fueled paradise: tacos, huaraches and elotes, tamales tonged out of pots wheeled around in shopping carts.

It's all about trust and ethics in food blogging

splendidtable.org — Kat Kinsman, editor in chief of Tasting Table, says in the media, food has become the new entertainment. "Everybody eats and everybody has a point of view," she says. Melissa Clark: Why has food become so important to people in the media? What are they looking for?

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 — Is It Fair for Chefs to Cook Other Cultures' Foods - Free download as Word Doc (.doc), PDF File (.pdf), Text file (.txt) or read online for free. by Francis Lam and Eddie Huang. Shared for educational purposes only.
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Mar 03, 2015

YO WTF WTF WHAT THE EFF WTF AHHHHHGGGGGHHHH “@MicroPicz: Dust mite eating human skin. ~> pic.twitter.com/STNHg0sPyp

Mar 02, 2015

@ebruenig Sure thing, thanks! I'll have to rack my brain a bit to remember where and when I've touched on the theme.

Mar 02, 2015

@ebruenig And I've written about how much I identified with them, a little bit to my own horror, at that age too.

Mar 02, 2015

@ebruenig In lots of sideways ways, though it's hard to divorce that particular reaction / feeling from standard teenage rebellion.

Mar 02, 2015

@ebruenig I know I was. Their accents. Their bargain hunting. Everything about them that said, "we are not comfortable here".

Mar 02, 2015

.@ebruenig I imagine it's similar to how children of immigrants are constantly mortified of how old-country their parents are.

Mar 01, 2015

@ginadee Kinda why I turned on Seinfeld once I was old enough to understand they were all horrible people.

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