Mike McJunkin

Every card-carrying Southerner knows that there are three things you must eat on New Year’s day—black-eyed peas, greens, and hog jowls. (Add a wedge of cast-iron skillet buttermilk cornbread and earn Buck Owens bonus points.) more

Dec 28, 2016 11:37 AM Sushi & Biscuits

Just like every rational human being with taste receptors and a functioning parietal lobe, I love chocolate. Milk chocolate, sweet chocolate, couverture, gianduja—I love it all. If there’s so much as a cacao nib in the house, I will search it out ... more

Dec 7, 2016 11:56 AM Sushi & Biscuits

In 1929, a group of Thanksgiving traditionalists began to meet in secret locations around Atlanta to discuss the formation of what eventually became the Thanksgiving Preservationist ... more

Nov 16, 2016 11:28 AM Cover Story

Darkness falls quickly and absolutely in western Myanmar. I arrived in the tiny, coastal fishing village of Sinma just before nightfall after having endured a six hour, kidney-bruising minibus ride past endless fields of verdant sprouting rice ... more

Oct 26, 2016 1:08 PM Sushi & Biscuits

Growing up, my mother always kept a bottle of La Choy soy sauce in the door of our harvest-yellow Frigidaire refrigerator. Like so many home cooks in the 70s, she would clip the occasional fried rice or stir-fry recipe from Good Housekeeping ... more

Oct 5, 2016 11:04 AM Sushi & Biscuits

Holding a shot of Thai rum inches from my nose, my new Chinese friend grinned and shouted, “Gan bei! Gan bei” into my ear, trying to make himself heard above the Thai metal band’s screaming guitar ... more

Sep 21, 2016 11:59 AM Cover Story

Condiments were the last thing on my mind when I sat down at one of Kedai Kat Jat’s rickety plastic tables. I had taken a taxi over to the open air restaurant in the Brickfields neighborhood of Kuala Lumpur, specifically to try their ikan pari ... more

Sep 14, 2016 12:54 PM Sushi & Biscuits

Imagine if you could taste the sea in one bite—a net full of fish fresh off the boat, a pot of abalones cooking over a wood fire on the beach after a heavy rain, the sweet perfume of Queen Anne’s lace as you bask under an island beach sun ... more

Aug 24, 2016 2:32 PM Sushi & Biscuits

Peek inside the pantry or fridge of any home cook and you’re bound to find certain staples such as eggs, milk, butter, olive oil, garlic, and onions. But every home cook’s larder also holds at least one secret, at least one ingredient that is ... more

Aug 3, 2016 11:29 AM Sushi & Biscuits 1 Comments

There is something visceral and primordial that happens in the homo sapiens brain when animal flesh meets hot coals. Odor molecules find their way to our noses on an evangelical mission to beat at the door of our brain’s limbic system and ... more

Jul 13, 2016 10:07 AM Sushi & Biscuits

People travel for many reasons. Some travel to find the sublime beauty in the world’s endless grandeur while others seek out those sublime moments that serve as signposts on life’s winding path. Travel allows us to encounter the familiar within ... more

Jun 22, 2016 11:49 AM Sushi & Biscuits 1 Comments

As the sun positions itself higher and higher in the sky, an age old ritual plays out in backyards, cul-de-sacs, and sun cracked decks across the city. Backyard cooks emerge from their winter slumber and perform the ... more

Jun 1, 2016 11:59 AM Sushi & Biscuits

As we sped down Cầu Chương Dương highway just outside Hanoi, Vietnam, I stared blankly out the taxi window and thought about Nag and Nagina, the cobra villains in Kipling’s short story “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi”. more

May 11, 2016 2:27 PM Sushi & Biscuits

It took me almost twenty years to recover from my first encounter with Spam. Wandering innocently into a friend’s kitchen I witnessed a glistening, vaguely meat-like cube of Spam emerge from its canned womb ... more

Apr 20, 2016 12:03 PM Sushi & Biscuits

Spring has officially arrived and Chattanoogans are beginning to emerge from the honey-glazed ham and sweet potato induced food comas that blanketed us through the cold, gray Tennessee winter. more

Mar 30, 2016 12:23 PM Sushi & Biscuits

For most of my life, I had a love/hate relationship with chicken eggs. My childhood and teen years were spent believing that eggs were only to be eaten hard scrambled, deviled, or fried over well and anyone who ate ... more

Mar 9, 2016 12:10 PM Sushi & Biscuits

I assume it must have been some terribly egregious act I committed in a past life that led to me working as a line cook in the culinary equivalent of Dante’s third circle of Hell—a corporate, casual-dining Italian restaurant. more

Feb 17, 2016 10:41 AM Sushi & Biscuits

When I stop and think about it, a sack of bones probably shouldn’t have elicited squeals of excitement out of a fifty-year-old man, but these weren’t just any bones—these were veal shank bones. more

Jan 27, 2016 12:39 PM Sushi & Biscuits

“What is a ham, anyway?” a voice asked me with a casual tone that belied the gravity of the question. A bearded, 20-something stranger stood beside me in the grocery store meat aisle clutching a gold foil-wrapped ham ... more

Jan 6, 2016 12:32 PM Sushi & Biscuits

It’s almost New Year’s Eve in Chiang Mai, Thailand. As I stare upward at the crumbling bricks of Thapae Gate—bricks that have seen traders, diplomats and monks pass for over 700 ... more

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