Category Archives: International Cuisine

Writing about topics related to specific cuisines from different countries.

Building the Perfect Carbonara: The Ingredients Part 1

Guanciale If there’s anything more controversial than the origins of the dish known as pasta alla carbonara, it’s the selection of ingredients that go into it. In the first part of this series, I talked about the history of carbonara … Continue reading

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Building the Perfect Carbonara: A Roman Puzzle

A Roman Puzzle A recipe is a funny thing. Often you’ll follow the instructions exactly and the dish still turns out poorly. It’s like something’s been left out, or gets lost in the translation, and you have to read between … Continue reading

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Taking a Day Off at Taqueria Taconmadre

Tacos al pastor and suadero tacos at Taqueria Taconmadre As a food writer, I’m often asked, “When you’re not going to restaurants for a writing assignment, where do you go to eat?” Although I have my regular spots, the deciding … Continue reading

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Chinatown Food Exploring: Seafood and Eat it

Steamed Dungeness crab at Hong Kong Food Street I’m always reluctant to order seafood in a restaurant that doesn’t specialize in seafood. I’ve been burned too many times in restaurants where seafood is an afterthought on the menu. Even the … Continue reading

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The Truth About Neapolitan-style Pizza

Pizza Margherita at Di Matteo in Naples, Italy My waiter, a young man in his twenties wearing a dirty apron that sheathed a prodigious belly usually seen on men some twenty years older, was the model of indifference. He spoke … Continue reading

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