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African Cooking: What’s With the Maggi Cubes?

May 15, 2020

At a beautiful eco-resort on Sierra Leone’s Freetown Peninsula this spring, Scott and I were invited to tag along for the weekly run to the local market. On the shopping list was everything from groundnuts (peanuts) and pineapple to bread and eggs, and Maggi. I didn’t think anything of the flavoring agent, figuring the stock cubes were thrown into a few of the local stews as a base.…

Asia Food Culture

What Is Mongolian Cuisine? Going Beyond the BBQ

January 21, 2020
A Mongolian man holds airag, a traditional liquor, in Mongolia.

Say Mongolian food and the first thing that comes to mind is probably a modern chain restaurant. I mean, who doesn’t love a 20-foot, all-you-can-eat buffet filled with raw meat, fresh veggies, and concoct-your-own sauce? Add the excitement of a wannabe-ninja chef cooking on a 500-degree flat top grill, and you’ve got a fun and tasty dining experience. Toss in a raw egg and marvel as the chef…

Europe Food Culture

A Guide to Foraging in Stockholm

October 28, 2019

In Sweden, the ability to forage for food is practically enshrined in law under allemansrätten, the Swedes’ unique right of public access. Here’s how visitors to Stockholm can experience Swedish foraging culture for themselves. Stockholm photo courtesy of Pedro Szekely/Flickr Imagine it: You’re out in the woods; it’s quiet and peaceful. Moss softens your footsteps and a quaint wicker basket hangs from your elbow. You’ve found a beautiful…

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What Is Tibetan Cuisine?

January 3, 2018

Tibetan cuisine is unique due to the high altitude of the Tibetan plateau, the harsh climate, and Tibetans' traditional and religious beliefs and customs. The daily diet of the Tibetan people consists largely of meat and dairy products, high in protein, to combat the extreme climate conditions and the ever-present highland barley, one of the few crops that can grow well on the high plateau. In the high…

Food Culture Food Origins North America

Making Barbacoa in Mexico City: A Four-Day Adventure

August 30, 2016

In every region of Mexico, you will find barbacoa steaming on streetside stands, taking center stage at family gatherings, and being sold by the kilo to hungry market goers. Barbacoa is Mexico’s Sunday brunch, its method is as old as time immemorial, and its recipes continue to evolve at the hands of each barbacoa master, who adds his or her special touch to one of the country’s

Food Culture North America

Get Your Hot Dogs, America!

June 30, 2014

                  Get Your Hot Dogs, America!

Chili cheese dog from Pink's in L.A.
A chili cheese dog from Pink's, a Hollywood icon

Summer is prime hot dog season in the U.S., when warm temps invite grilling, beer drinking, and lazy hand-held-sandwich eating. This Friday, wiener consumption will hit its yearly peak: Every July 4, it’s estimated that Americans put away more than…