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American Food Roots is a digital publication telling the nation's food stories state by state. We give you the stories behind the recipes, and seek to understand why we eat what we eat.

Entries by Michele Kayal

'Emeril's Table': Emeril Lagasse's Newest Show

(12) Comments | Posted September 26, 2011 | 5:04 PM

(Associated Press) After more than 2,000 shows Emeril Lagasse is hoping fans are still hungry for more Bam!-worthy cooking.

The chef known for Creole cooking and yelling "Bam!" as he throws seasoning into a sizzling pan this week launches his eighth television series – and 52 more episodes to the...

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Kitchen Science Guru Harold McGee's Top Thanksgiving Cooking Tips

(26) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 9:08 AM

Associated Press: As Americans we believe we can have it all. But there's nothing like struggling to roast a Thanksgiving turkey to shatter the myth.

"I'm afraid with turkeys - and whole birds in general - life does require some compromises," says Harold McGee, kitchen science guru and author of...

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A Blight On Summer: Where Have All the Tomatoes Gone?

(4) Comments | Posted August 18, 2009 | 12:07 PM

As a food writer you're occasionally asked to pass your theoretically professional judgment on all manner of foods/restaurants/chefs/drinks. Probably the most bizarre thing I've ever been asked to judge is....wait for it....water. Which sounds nuts, but believe it or not there is a whole industry dedicated to dissecting the nuances...

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Julia Lite, Coming to a Stove Near You

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2009 | 4:49 PM

Most of us don't have the tenacity -- or even the desire -- to cook through Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. I" in 365 days -- or at all.

But of course, the publishing industry has anticipated the latent need-to-feed that's likely to surface in...

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Like Washington Needs Another Steakhouse....

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2009 | 3:56 PM

Yeah. You heard it right. Jean-Georges Vongerichten is the latest celebrity chef to join the Capital City's meat fest, opening earlier this month in the new W Hotel. Unfortunately, the cow (meaning the steaks, not the chef) hasn't been getting such good reviews - the Post's Tom Sietsema was underwhelmed....

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James Beard Awards: Crazy for Kebob?

(17) Comments | Posted May 4, 2009 | 3:33 PM

The culinary world will award its Oscars tonight and who wins -- or doesn't -- will tell us whether America's food establishment is ready to elevate the Melting Pot to soufflé status.

As in other years, the 2009 James Beard Award nominees include an impressive showing of chefs doing...

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Death to My Embryos! Long Live Stem Cells!

(43) Comments | Posted March 16, 2009 | 6:36 PM

While I peeled carrots, my husband flopped down in our kitchen's big red chair and we started making a will. For our embryos.

It was the night before our first IVF treatment -- that's in vitro fertilization for the uninitiated -- and we were answering questions that people who conceive...

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