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Confessions of a clam killer

    “No, don’t die!” I found myself yelling at the bowl in my sink. I had just covered about 3 dozen steamer clams with water, and when I added a small bit of salt and cornmeal, which I’d been told would help them spit their grit, a sort of gurgle came from the water. …

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Maya Angelou was also a poet in the kitchen

Many people know Maya Angelou as a poet, civil rights activist and revealer of why caged birds sing. What fewer know about Angelou, who died yesterday at the age of 86, is that she was a passionate — and acclaimed — cook. Like so many of us, she learned to cook at her grandmother’s knee. …

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Remixing soul food with filmmaker Byron Hurt

I think and write a lot about the links between our roots and our food. And I know that if you want to get the 360 story of a people you need to take a look at what they put on the table over the years. This is particularly true in black America. My passion is …

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My Irish grandma’s Czech mac ‘n’ cheese

Home cooks do not have “signature dishes.” A lot of us, however, have a family recipe that has become quasi-legendary in our circle of friends and relatives — the kind of thing everybody asks you to bring over for holiday dinners. Typically, it is humble, unpretentious and delicious. The dish that I am less welcome …

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