For Larger Customer, Eating Out Is Still a Daunting Experience

If I have to contort myself to get into a booth or knock a vase of flowers off a too-close table with my ass, my wallet and I are heading elsewhere.

Published: Mar 12, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,795 words)

Finding a Lost Strain of Rice, and Clues to Slave Cooking

Historians of African-diaspora cooking have considered hill rice a mythical, long-extinct staple. Then, one of them stumbled on it while walking in the Trinidadian countryside.

Published: Feb 13, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,017 words)

On the Trail of a Silver Thief

He ransacked the homes of America’s most wealthy families, stealing centuries-old heirlooms and sending them to the smelter:

The thief set the old window glass carefully against the side of the house and hoisted his body through the small hole. He had chosen only two rooms to rob. Crossing the hall into a living room, with pieces of silver on top of the baby grand and the bookshelves, could have set off the motion detectors. Still, the damage was devastating. He got the julep cups, three silver pitchers, and countless silver trays. Gone, too, were 150 pieces of Mary’s favorite flatware. Like so many Southern women
 of a certain generation, Mary was deeply attached to the spoons and forks that marked her table at dinner parties and holiday gatherings. What was on your table said everything about you.

Published: Mar 23, 2014
Length: 16 minutes (4,055 words)