What am I, chopped herring?

I grew up in such an assimilated Midwestern Jewish family that I had hardly heard of chopped liver let alone chopped herring. My grandparents and most of their many siblings were born in Minnesota, unusual for Jews of that generation. But my Great Aunt Debbie – who lived most her life in the land of …

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Jacques Pepin slow but still steady

He doesn’t swallow insects or tell anyone they’ve been “chopped,” and as far as we know, he’s never yelled “Bam!” But Jacques Pepin has been a force on American food television for longer than many viewers have been alive. Pepin, who turns 80 next year, steps down from his longtime perch on public television with …

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Foraging for the past

The recent foraging trend is nothing new to Kara Flynn. She spent her childhood reluctantly foraging for blackberries, dandelion greens and cardoons with her mother Mary Louise Gerlach. Similarly, Gerlach recalls her own father foraging for a variety of plants. Flynn attributes her family’s love of foraging to their Sicilian roots. Foraging still plays a …

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American Food Roots wins 2 food journalism awards

American Food Roots has won two awards from the Association of Food Journalists. AFR took second place in the Association’s 2014 “Best Food Blog” category. The competition was stiff. First place went to Mother Jones. The Charleston Post and Courier was awarded third. AFR also took second place for “Best non-newspaper food feature” with our …

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