Identity

Culture

'Bad Appetite' Puts the Food World's Cultural Appropriation on the Chopping Block

Comedian Jenny Yang uses her nascent YouTube series to showcase underrepresented voices in food.
Tiffany Do
7.23.18
Fast Food

Denny's Helped Me Realize I Could Be Both Chinese and American

Much like Denny’s—which first opened its doors as a donut shop in Lakewood, California—I also had my transformational coming of age in the outskirts of Los Angeles.
Kaila Yu
5.16.18
Thai Food

Siam Sunset Is a Second Home for LA's Thai Community

It may just be a restaurant, but 'the Thaiest Thai in Thai Town' means more to me and my family.
Kat Thompson
4.27.18
Feature

'Top Chef' Star Brother Luck Isn't Here to Define His Food By Race

"We look at this country as black and white, and as a biracial person you get to be on the sidelines like, ‘Y’all are crazy.’”
Korsha Wilson
3.12.18
Pizza

This Man Is Convinced That Pizza Hut Is Using His Face on Its Delivery Boxes

Pizza Hut denies that it's illegally using the man's likeness, but he still feels disturbed by the resemblance.
Jelisa Castrodale
3.6.18
tea

Why I Pair Food with Tea Instead of Wine

"To me, tea washes away the memory of the flavor, and prolongs pleasure. Each sip wipes the palate clean, and allows us to taste each bite as though it were the first."
Chi Wah Chan
4.25.17
Chinese food

The Struggles of Writing About Chinese Food as a Chinese Person

Growing up, I was the weird kid who adored boiled pig intestines and fermented tofu. So imagine my surprise when the 2000s hit and the food of my people was suddenly cool.
Clarissa Wei
4.18.17
knives

How Starting a Japanese Knife Company Helped Me Embrace My Asian Heritage

Having the business in Japan and working with the craftsmen has helped me identify with my Asian side, and it's helped me feel more positive about it.
Jeremy Watson
3.10.17
Asian food

Making Christmas Wontons and Talking British Chinese Identity

“I’m probably more English than Chinese in many respects but just because you’re born from Chinese parents, you still get stereotyped."
Gareth May
12.13.16
Podcast

MUNCHIES: The Podcast: Is the Term 'Ethnic Food' Racist?

On the latest episode of ‘MUNCHIES: The Podcast’ we talk to Andrew Ti, host of “Yo, Is This Racist?” to discuss the issues that the culinary world faces when writing and reinterpreting food from other cultures.
Helen Hollyman
9.13.16
Lebanon

Beirut's First Pay-What-You-Want Restaurant Is Bringing Sri Lanka to Lebanon

Beirut's Motto is more than a pay-what-you-can restaurant. The cozy spot also lets migrant workers cook the foods from their home countries.
Sophie Chamas
5.14.15
Newfoundland

Newfoundland's History Tastes Like Salted Cod

I’m an eighth-generation Fogo Islander. We were salt cod people and we’d rarely eat fresh cod, because why would you eat that when you have salted cod? It’s just better.
Zita Cobb
5.11.15