Reflections

Recollections and personal thoughts on culture, the history of food, and world travel.

Finding Comfort in Food

Finding Comfort in Food

In Brooklyn, New York, chef Hetty McKinnon revisits childhood food and friends for comfort, along with her recipe for Spinach & Garlic Chive Dumplings.

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The Flavors of Life

The Flavors of Life

To understand the flavor of our food, three farmers explain how plants affect our animals.

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An Ode to Champagne

An Ode to Champagne

Every year, Champagne sparkles across the world, as a celebration of the past, an acknowledgement of the present, or the start of something new.

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Winter Libations

Winter Libations

The winter season brings more than nourishing meals; libations from around the globe make for a festive fireside or gathering of family and friends.

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Bone Deep: Smells Like Holiday Spirit

Bone Deep: Smells Like Holiday Spirit

Around the world, the close of the year may be signified by different customs, ceremonies or dishes, but the sentiment of peace and love is the same.

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The Art of Hosting

The Art of Hosting

Los Angeles' Blacktop Coffee founder and hospitality consultant Tyler Wells is a seasoned host; today he shares tips for perfecting the art of the holiday party.

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The Evolving American Thanksgiving Story

The Evolving American Thanksgiving Story

The true tradition of the American Thanksgiving story is an evolving one, accommodating cultures and regional specialties.

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Thanksgiving is a Meal that Travels Well

Thanksgiving is a Meal that Travels Well

Thanksgiving isn't just about hosting a culinary feast but a testament to family dynamics.

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Banchan: The Story of the Korean Side Dish

Banchan: The Story of the Korean Side Dish

In Los Angeles’ Koreatown, traditions are preserved through the practice of banchan, a tradition of hospitality and cuisine in Korean culture.

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Ruminations: A Feast for the Souls

Ruminations: A Feast for the Souls

History has long respected the connection between living and dead; Mexico's Día de los Muertos does so with food, like Pan de Muertos.

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The Cultivation of Filipino Cuisine

The Cultivation of Filipino Cuisine

LASA co-owner, Chase Valencia, explores the centuries of multicultural influence that shaped modern day Filipino cuisine.

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Bone Deep: East Meets West

Bone Deep: East Meets West

In the culinary world and beyond, the difference between influence and appreciation collide in questions of cultural appropriation.

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