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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 — 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 — 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? — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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: Books — 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 — 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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