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A History Lesson, Served as Coconut-Seafood Soup

nytimes.com — When Sulma Arzu-Brown's father traveled from his village in Honduras into the city, people pointed at him, at his black skin. When he spoke his language, people laughed. "They said, 'Look at that monkey, goo goo gaga,' " Arzu-Brown told me. When it was time for her mother to be promoted at her job, she stood out a little too much.

Jacques Pépin on chicken: 'It has to be done right. Otherwise, there is no recovery.'

splendidtable.org — Chef Jacques Pépin talks with guest host Francis Lam about why roast chicken is so iconic for French chefs, the importance of technique, and what he cooks at home. Francis Lam: I noticed in your new book, the very first recipe is for a simple roast chicken: no brining, no spicing, just a hot pan and a hot oven.

Osayi Endolyn meets Hoppin' John

splendidtable.org — Osayi Endolyn tells guest host Francis Lam about her introduction to Hoppin' John, and how that connected her to both her personal history and to the influence of African cuisine on the food of the American South. Francis Lam: I want to start at the beginning of your story.

What to Do with a Ripe Tomato (A Quick Recipe, of Sorts)

Francis Lam's Weapons-Grade Ratatouille

splendidtable.org — Francis originally published this recipe in a post for Salon. As with his recipe for Ginger Scallion Sauce, his exuberant and unusual approach to recipe writing makes it sing. As does the accompanying video. He is not kidding when he tells us to let the sauce cook a really, really long time after you've added the tomatoes.

A Haitian Grandmother’s Home-Cooked Porridge

nytimes.com — In the hierarchy of enjoyable social interactions, "chitchat in the dentist's chair" ranks barely higher than "unbidden office talk in the men's room." But last month, the hygienist buzzing my teeth fascinated me with her vacation stories. She had taken her first trip to Haiti, where her family is from.

Francis in France!

Brazilian Recipes for the 2016 Olympics

9 Ways to Improve Your Knife Skills

foodandwine.com — The funny thing about great summer cooking is that the best of it involves no actual cooking. The ingredients basically do the work: delicate sugar snap peas nestling among fat chunks of watermelon; crisp radish rounds falling on pearly, raw scallops. In summer, food can be easy. But not necessarily simple.

A Thai Shrimp Salad of Myriad Tastes

nytimes.com — A few stories above a blessedly calm Midtown street, the elevator doors opened and I stared straight at a Garuda - fearsome mythic eagle, mount of Lord Narayana, reflection of the divine power of the kings of Thailand - inlaid into the seal of the Royal Thai Consulate General.
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Sep 27, 2016

@EdgeofSports Maybe it was conducted by the NFL, who called him to complain about the debate schedule

Sep 22, 2016

RT @rtraister: So good, so necessary, so corrective to shadowy headlines & gut feelings election narrative has been built around: https://t…

Sep 22, 2016

@SimonMaloy really it's just about feeling safe. Don't you want to feel safe?

Sep 22, 2016

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Sep 22, 2016

@SimonMaloy wait he is literally saying "run them down" doesn't mean "aim for them with the car."


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