Heritage Cooking

In this series, authors and cooks delve deliciously into the stories and secrets behind their favorite recipes. We explore the traditions and origins behind iconic foods from around the world, and share recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation among families and communities. Learn to make Mexican tamales, the Filipino ginger-chicken soup tinola, Vietnamese-style Brussels sprouts, Southern barbecue and mac and cheese, and much more.

Most Recent

Kristyn Leach Didn't Have a Link to the Food of Her Korean Ancestors—So She Created One Through Farming
Learn how perilla, an herb whose leaves are often found in Korean cooking, was key to Leach finding a Korean community and why she'll always grow the plant.
This Brazilian Salad Will Make You Love Okra
In this installment of our series on foods of the African diaspora, Jessica B. Harris makes a case for an often-maligned vegetable and shares a delicious recipe.
Cooking with My Persian Grandmother for Rosh Hashana Meant Much More Than Just Learning Recipes
Cooking with Bibi meant learning the secrets of her chelo galeyeh and chopped liver. But it also meant a well of memories, from a graveyard of lightbulbs to a pilgrimage for a fish head.
Nothing Says Summer to Me More Than My Mom's Southern Succotash
This blend of fresh corn, lima beans, okra and tomatoes takes me back to my childhood.

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How One Couple Saved Their 255-Year-Old Family Farm—and Turned It Into a Destination for Food, Education and Community
Jane Meiser and her restaurateur husband, Dan, grow some of the best produce around, but they have done so much more with their family farm—reimagining what a sustainable farm business can be.
This Summery Squash Salad Will Transport You to a Culinary Festival in Guadeloupe
In this installment of our series on foods of the African diaspora, Jessica B. Harris takes us to the Fête des Cuisinières in Guadeloupe with a Creole salad made with christophine—a squash that goes by many names.

Cooking with Juliet

For Adam Dolge, sharing his passion for cooking with his toddler has changed their relationship, one omelet at a time.