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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

                  What Is Tibetan Cuisine?
 

A spread of Tibetan food including bread and meat
All photos courtesy of Tibet Vista

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…

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

The Case for American Food

July 4, 2013

            The Case for American Food

What is American cuisine—and is it as bad as foreign menus would have us believe?

Shake Shack burger in New York City

You’re at your family BBQ for the 4th of July. What’s on the menu? Why, hot dogs and hamburgers, of course! Classic Americana summer fare, complemented perhaps by some chicken wings, mayo-based salads, and corn…

Africa Food Culture

African Cooking: What’s With the Maggi Cubes?

August 8, 2012

African cooking: What’s with the Maggi cubes?

Maggi stock cubes—rich with sodium, MSG, and hydrogenated fats—are ubiquitous in West African cooking. Meet the nutritious, traditional seasoning they’re replacing.

Pot of groundnut soup in Sierra Leone
Groundnut soup, Sierra Leone

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…

Africa Food Culture

Scenes From Dakar’s Soumbedioune Fish Market, Senegal

March 14, 2012

After just three days, dusty Dakar has drawn us in with its street-corner baguettes, mellow fishing villages, surf-friendly beaches, and mad markets. A highlight among our explorations thus far has been the fish market at Soumbedioune, a cove on which the men's brightly painted pirogues, or canoes, are pulled from the water each evening, and the day's haul of seafood put out to sale. One side of the…