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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 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.

10 more tragic moments in food names — Spotted Dick, Nun's Farts, Priest Stranglers, and Virgin's Breasts were just the beginning, it seems. When we presented the original 10 Tragic Moments in Food Names, readers flooded the comments and our inbox with some of their favorite unspeakable comestibles - from Mule's Testicles to Negro's Kisses. Ah, the wisdom of the crowd!
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Dec 20, 2014

Terrible. RT @lpolgreen Sickening news: Two Police Officers Are Fatally Shot in Brooklyn…

Dec 20, 2014

.@fmanjoo how much would it blow a North Korean's mind to know in the US, our health problems are from obesity?

Dec 20, 2014

Yooooo gluten free or not you want to eat at @PastaFlyer today!! 7 Cornelia street. The pasta condiment bar is GENIUS.

Dec 19, 2014

@jasminemoy @nycsouthpaw @caseyvaughn Meaning you can't trademark a blue shirt that says "blue shirt"? But you can TM "I can't breathe"?

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