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Sichuan Cuisine is Heating Up American Tastes

The bold flavors and exotic ingredients which typify cooking from the Sichuan region of China are drawing huge crowds to small restaurants in California's San Gabriel Valley.


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Fake Restaurant Abbrev’s Satirizes Food Trends

Comedian brothers Danny and Anthony Palumbo found themselves laughing at the over-earnestness of many in the dining world (along with the popularity of both small plates and cutesy abbreviated slang) and decided to parody all those trends at once with a meticulously-crafted website for a fictional restaurant, Abbrev's.


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Keeping Up with the Kolatches

Czech immigrants arrived in Texas around the mid-1800s and brought many native foodways with them, including the kolache. Over time, the stuffed dough balls evolved beyond their original form to include the beans, meats, and other foods for which Texas would become known. Now this iconic regional snack is on the national scene.


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Micheladas Are on the Make

Bloody Marys are so 2014. According to trend forecasters, micheladas — a Mexican-derived drink of lager mixed with some combination of savory sauces and spices — are set to be the hippest thing to sip in 2015.


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A Filmmaker Documents His Search for General Tso

After seven years and 838,706 servings of General Tso's chicken, filmmaker Ian Cheney talks about his globe-trotting new documentary, "The Search for General Tso." It traces the origins of the dish and, through it, tells a story of Chinese and Chinese American identity, and the interplay between food and culture at large.


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Studying the Food of History’s Most Infamous

Victoria Clark and Melissa Scott bite off a very specific bit of history with thier new book, "Dictators' Dinners: The Bad Taste Guide to Entertaining Tyrants." They discuss the paranoias, obsessions, and just weird tastes of these figures.


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Mo’ Momos, Mo’ Popular

Long a staple of Tibetian and Nepalese cuisine, the momo dumpling is having a momo-moment.