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About American Food Roots

American Food Roots will address the question of why we eat what we eat. We want your help.We welcome videos, recipes, photos and stories about your Bubbe’s chopped liver, your New Orleans’ cousin’s gumbo, your neighbor’s beaten biscuits or the pho you can’t live without. Why dig up the roots of American food? Because that’s how we know who we are. Through food, we celebrate our heritage – regional, religious, ethnic, political, familial. We cook and eat to connect with family and friends, as well as with ancestors we never knew. Is there a holiday or special occasion without a feast? No. With trend pieces, interviews, essays, blogs, podcasts and videos AFR tells the stories behind America’s recipes. “Food is our common ground,” someone once said. Who are we to argue with James Beard? American cuisine is not static. Sushi and tacos are now as common as meatloaf and mashed potatoes were for earlier generations. Lemongrass is a supermarket staple. We may eat artisanal cheese rather than Velveeta, but there’s still room for pimiento spread and a good cheese ball. We are four veteran journalists with experience at The New York Times, The Washington Post, Gourmet, National Public Radio and other major media outlets. We’ve covered everything from City Hall to Capitol Hill, but what we like best is writing about America’s foods. Because we don’t know any other way, we apply old-fashioned journalistic standards that ensure credibility. We combine rigorous reporting with recipes and stories from home cooks (that’s you), new and established immigrant communities (that’s you, too) as well as unpublished materials from U.S. archives. We can’t wait to meet you.