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Mike McJunkin

Look, I’m not going to tell you how to live your life. How you eat your grilled chicken is a personal choice that you make in prayerful consultation with your family and a chicken-loving God. No one can understand the complex matrix of ... more

Apr 12, 2017 12:22 PM Sushi & Biscuits

I don’t remember the precise moment when I first became aware of souse meat, but I do remember the first time I tasted it. My grandmother always kept a small block of mottled, gray souse meat in the back of her harvest gold Frigidaire. more

Mar 22, 2017 11:31 AM Sushi & Biscuits

For much of my adult life, I was convinced that Southerners had exhausted every possible option when it came to eating pork. When a Southerner looks at an anatomical diagram of a pig, they see a roadside smokehouse menu chocked full of porky ... more

Mar 1, 2017 11:16 AM Sushi & Biscuits

There’s something both beautiful and sublime about the idea of seafood. Shimmering yellowfin tuna knifing their way through crystal clear waters; sleek swordfish spinning and soaring above choppy ocean waves; grouper gliding effortlessly ... more

Feb 8, 2017 11:19 AM Sushi & Biscuits

Not every hero wears a cape—some carry a shepherd’s staff, herd goats, and change the course of human history with a casual attitude towards eating unfamiliar berries. A popular legend says that about a thousand years ago, an Abyssinian ... more

Jan 26, 2017 10:01 AM Cover Story

If you’re not already familiar with the soul-warming, hangover-curing, sickness-repelling properties of posole, then you might gaze upon this simple-looking bowl of liquid comfort and wonder what the fuss is all about. I can assure you that ... more

Jan 18, 2017 12:41 PM Sushi & Biscuits

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

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