personal essay

anthony bourdain
anthony bourdain

Anthony Bourdain Made Us All Proud to Be Line Cooks

After Bourdain, we tried to become better—as cooks, as people—and began to reexamine why it was we punched the clock and one another in the dicks.
Brian McManus
6.8.18
Fast Food
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
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
personal essay
personal essay

My Wedding Feast Gave All of My Loved Ones Salmonella

I spent my first day as a wife transporting my new husband's feces to the hospital.
Katinka Oppeck
3.12.18
america
america

Being a 9/11 First Responder Made Me a Fat Vegetarian

Sometimes you remember who you used to be and think, "How did I get here?" It was that motherfucker Osama Bin Laden.
Eddie McNamara
2.23.18
Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day

The Older Man Who Romanced Me with Nut Cheese

I was 21. He was 47. I knew nothing about food. I figured he knew everything.
Mayukh Sen
2.13.18
personal essay
personal essay

In Japan, I Found Home Through Fried Chicken

I’m not the first person to say that food is our greatest diplomat, and I won’t be the last. But how else could I have found myself in another country, across the world, looking for a dish I grew up on?
Bryan Washington
2.13.18
christmas
christmas

How to Spend Christmas Alone

Hint: It involves a lot of food and booze.
Mike Miksche
12.22.17
essay
essay

The First Time I Cooked for My Girlfriend's Family as a Trans Man

I felt like a bro, man, and that was invigorating for a transguy from a small, relatively conservative Connecticut town.
Fen Fenton
10.3.17
Chinese food
Chinese food

Rice Is a Highway

After fleeing Mao's China for Peru, and finally settling in Canada, my family discovered that rice was a comforting constant.
Jackie Wong
4.26.17