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Sobbing in Starbucks

I took a seat by the old man reading the paper, held my grande mocha, and cried

American Pie

How sharing a Hawaiian pizza from Pizza Hut became a Beijing family tradition

The Primal Pleasure and Brutal History of Sugar

How a taste for sweetness became a stand-in for everything good — and evil — about our culture

The Gulp War

In a state where too many towns don’t have clean tap water, the world’s largest water tasting is still going strong after nearly three decades

What Will Los Angeles Do Without Jonathan Gold?

The vision of the city that he championed — an equitable, multicultural, multiracial democracy — is one we must fight for

The Peckish Patient

To teach my sick husband how to eat again, I turned to 19th-century recipes for bone broths, gruels, and custards

There’s No Place Like Little Saigon

I went back to Orange County’s Little Saigon after a decade to see it through my 91-year-old grandfather’s eyes

The Central Valley Is the Heart and Soul of California

A dispatch from Highway 99 and the underappreciated wonderland of Mexican food that stretches from Bakersfield to Sacramento

Why Isn’t This Chile Pepper More Famous?

In praise of the mild-mannered Fresno chile, a California pepper waiting for its close-up

Can a Dish Ever Taste as Good as It Does in Our Memory?

One artist’s California quest for shui zhu yu — water-boiled fish — the way she remembers it with her dad in Beijing

The Guide to California’s Cowboy Country

In the hills of the Central Coast, surfer and vaquero cultures collide over barbecue tri-tip, pinquito beans, and links of linguica sausage

LA Is America’s International Fast-Food Capital

Jollibee, El Pollo Loco, and other chains are the city’s most democratic dining rooms

Cloudy With a Chance of Ikea Meatballs 

Köttbullar promise a cozy taste of Swedish domesticity, but also make for great sustenance in the midst of seasonal depression

Queer Food Is Hiding in Plain Sight

From kitchen camp to political plates, queer people have been shaping food culture for decades

Tales from the Pizza Wars

In 2032, jobs are gone, megacorporations own the world, and armies of killer pizza drones rule the skies

Kombucha’s Health Benefits Might Be a Fantasy. That Doesn’t Matter

Kombucha’s unlikely rise from Soviet elixir to modern-day miracle drink

The Jamón Went Down to Georgia

Can Iberian pigs — source of jamón ibérico de bellota — thrive in the American South?

A Kickback Grows in Brooklyn

Against waves of gentrification, three Black-owned restaurants and bars in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights — and their patrons — are holding steady

A Thai Chicken Pizza, Just for Us

Finding what it means to be American at California Pizza Kitchen

Everything You Know About Tex-Mex Is Wrong

Overshadowed by barbecue in its home state, Tex-Mex is the most important, least understood regional cuisine in America

Why We’re Drowning in Protein

Once the niche elixir of powerlifting bros, gulping down a Muscle Milk or three is now part of a "healthy, active lifestyle" — whatever that means

The Extinction of the Early Bird

Baby Boomers and the ailing middle class are killing the value meal mascot of South Florida retirement

The Joy of Black Brunch

When self-care means kinship, and chicken and waffles

When There Are No More Fish

Climate change, drought, and development have devastated Cambodia's Tonle Sap Lake, which feeds millions across Southeast Asia

Life After the Islamic State

As Mosul rebuilds, restaurants are restoring a sense of normalcy, one dish at a time

The True Meaning of KFC Christmas

How a bucket of fried chicken came to symbolize a magical sense of no-questions-asked familial harmony in Japan

How the U.S. Government Planned to Feed Nuclear War Survivors

Meet the all-purpose survival cracker, the US government's Cold War-era nutrition solution for life after a nuclear blast

The Bros Who Disrupted the Sandwich

How World Wrapps gilded the burrito and invented fast casual before there was a name for it

Angela Dimayuga Is Here From the Future to Save Us All

The quiet architect of Mission Chinese as we know it is ready for life after Danny Bowien (and Ivanka Trump)

Mainland Poke Sucks

Hawai‘i is the only place that gets it right

Inside the Joyfully Deranged Kitchen of Amy Sedaris

Behind the scenes of Sedaris’s twisted take on the Martha Stewart strain of old-school hospitality shows

The Culturally Bankrupt Corporate Dining Chain Deserves to Die

A millennial explains why his fellow millennials are killing casual dining chains, by a millennial who is a millennial #millennial