personal essay

The Old Country Buffet Was My Immigrant Father's American Dream

He saw the abundance of the Old Country Buffet as a symbol of his success, proof that he had transcended his old identity as a poor immigrant.
Elisabeth Sherman
Make this

Every Cocktail You’ll Need to Survive Thanksgiving

Get drunk but stay classy with these six cocktails from our favorite bartenders and drink experts around the country. Yes, we have a cocktail that pairs perfectly with pie, and something to help you make peace with Great-Aunt Mildred.
Munchies Staff

Pumpkin Crème Brûlée

We don't need no pumpkin spice syrup. This creamy, sugary dessert from pumpkin champions Barrie Hill Farms is the real deal.
Barrie Hill Farms
Action Bronson

How-To: Make Borek with Action Bronson and His Aunt

Watch as Mr. Wonderful and his aunt teach you how to make borek, a stuffed puff pastry pie of sorts that she fills with sautéed ground beef and onion.
Action Bronson

How a 14-Year-Old Carton of Expired Milk Became Part of My Friend's Family

Milk has a birthday party every year, a loving adopted family, and beef with the Guinness Book of World Records. Oh, and he survived Katrina.
Valentina Valentini
Italian cooking

Family Food: Tony's Beechhurst

In this episode of 'Family Food', we head to Tony's Beechhurst in Whitestone, Queens to eat Italian deli food like no other.
Emilio Polito

Memories of My Mother on Thanksgiving

I feel grief for the death of my mother in waves. One of those days on which this grief feels most fresh and real is Thanksgiving.
Terrence Doyle

You Can't Beat a Junk Food Casserole

I didn’t grow up with a lot of other canned or processed foods because my mom, dad, and immediate grandparents were all incredible cooks. But our potato casserole is strictly a product of the 50s—because if it’s good, it’s good.
Benjamin Sukle
new jersey

Family Food: Swagath Gourmet

In the premiere episode of Family Food, we head to Swagath Gourmet, a South Indian restaurant run by the Iyengar family in Edison, New Jersey.
Sesha Iyengar

This 22-Year-Old Chef Is Giving New Life to His Father's Old Photo Studio

For 22-year-old chef Theo Friedman, that quest for finding the ideal dining atmosphere has led him to look inward and draw upon his childhood in an unexpectedly tangible way.
Alex Swerdloff

The Only Dish My Dad Taught Me to Make Is Fried and Smothered in Butter

The recipe handed down to me by the six-earrings-tattoos-and-bare-feet man that gave me half my genes is a true New Zealand classic. Pikelets are fluffy clouds of flour and milk, halfway between a crumpet and a crepe.
Nell Frizzell
food waste

Your Parents’ Love Might Be Ruining Your Waistline and the Planet

Parents who express their love through food may be contributing to food waste and negatively altering the environment.
Alex Swerdloff