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.

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Chef Simileoluwa Adebajo Is Serving Up Nigerian Comfort Food in San Francisco—Try Her Recipes at Home
She may be half a world away from her family in Nigeria, but every time Adebajo cooks dishes like suya and puff puffs at her restaurant Èkó Kitchen, she honors the women who taught her how—her grandmothers and mother.
This Quick-to-Prepare Wilted Spinach Salad Rapidly Satisfies Cravings for Greens (& Bacon)
In this installment of our series on foods of the African Diaspora, Jessica B. Harris celebrates her love for salads and one of her tastes of home.
Crabmeat Gives Traditional Deviled Eggs a Caribbean Flip
In this installment of our series on foods of the African Diaspora, Jessica B. Harris offers her version of deviled eggs from Guadeloupe.
Deviled Eggs with Crabmeat
Jessica B. Harris looks to the Creole cooking traditions of the Caribbean Island of Guadeloupe for these deviled eggs, adding crab meat to the filling. Harris calls this recipe a winner and the only problem is keeping them from disappearing from the table too quickly.
My Grandmother's Passover Matzo Balls Had Plenty of Schmaltz, But the Secret Ingredient Was Her Zest for Life
As an adult, I've learned to lighten up my Grandmother's dense but delicious matzo balls, but I would never change her recipe for making Passover fun for her grandkids.

Celebrating Foods of the African Diaspora

Migration Meals: How African American Food Transformed the Taste of America
During the Great Migration, millions of African Americans left the South and settled in the rest of the United States, bringing rich culinary traditions with them—sweet potato pie, black-eyed peas, mac and cheese, barbecue and so much more.  
This Curried Cabbage Dish Will Transport You to the Eastern Coast of Kenya
In this installment of our series on foods of the African diaspora, Jessica B. Harris, Ph.D., notes that curry is the connection in this simple dish from Kenya.