Some Stories About What Your Neighbors Eat

November 11, 2016

Every Friday, I've been scrapping together some quick roundups that look at some "unexpected" places we've found food. Tonally, I've been trying to keep the mood light. That didn't feel right this week, given the tenor of our national discourse, which our co-founders, Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, addressed yesterday in a note to our community. We're currently grasping for the pulse of your comments on that note, but one thing that we’ve detected—not just in the comments on that note, but in other pockets of the site, too—is the desire to see more stringent, not-tokenizing, thoughtful writing on foods some may describe as "non-American." Food that immigrant communities in the West, like my that of my own family, eat. Food your neighbors eat. Food you eat.

We hear you. We wanted to resurface some of our favorite pieces that highlight food through a prism that deviates from the perceived "norm," reflecting the breadth of our readership—which spans the world. We're doing this with the promise that we intend to publish more stories like this in the months to come. Expect more of this—and hold us to it.

Did we miss something? Probably. Let us know in the comments.

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

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Mayukh Sen is a James Beard Award-winning food and culture writer in New York. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Bon Appetit, and elsewhere. He won a 2018 James Beard Award in Journalism for his profile of Princess Pamela published on Food52.


amysarah November 13, 2016
I do hope you'll do more of this! You may already be familiar, but a piece about these workshops would be very much in sync with this direction at Food52: https://www.leagueofkitchens.com/
Pooja A. November 12, 2016
Mayukh - I haven't commented on any of your stories since you started writing here, but this seems like the perfect opportunity to say thank you! Agreed there is always room to reach farther re: reflecting the breadth of the F52 readership, but it's been awesome to see authorship by a fellow brown kid from Jersey. The perspective matters as much as the food! :)
Zensister November 12, 2016
Thank you.
woodchuck29 November 12, 2016
A thoughtful and lovely gathering of recipes and stories.
H-Town V. November 11, 2016
Thanks for posting it. I'm glad I live in Houston city limits, a liberal and diverse spot compared to the rest of this red state. I like getting my fresh pita from the Lebanese bakery down the street, and that I can drive a few blocks for fantastic Indian food, Mexican food or Persian food. Supporting the food community both locally and here makes things so much easier to deal with.
E November 11, 2016
Thank you for this compilation - a bright spot during an emotionally taxing, dark week.