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Jennifer 8 Lee

Mark Twain's Taste Buds: The Roots of Southern Food and Delicacies

Andrew Beahrs | Posted 04.13.2013 | TED Weekends
Andrew Beahrs

Like the banjo and shotgun houses -- the name for which derived from the Yoruba to-gun, or place of assembly -- the African origins of these and other dishes were eventually forgotten by white Southerners.

Our Nation's Recipe for Food and Bigotry

Rachel Adams | Posted 04.13.2013 | TED Weekends
Rachel Adams

NASA even serves Chinese food to astronauts on Space Shuttle flights. Given that we Americans consume so much Chinese, Lee asks, why not replace apple pie with Chinese food as our symbolic national food?

From Caesar Salad to Crepe Suzette, What's in a Name?

Albert Jack | Posted 04.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Albert Jack

Along the way we encounter the beauty of ballet and find out about the greatest of them all Anna Pavlova. Or, what exactly Horseradish Sauce has to do with our equine friends and would you really eat Toad in the Hole?

The United States of Soup

Paul Ratner | Posted 04.13.2013 | TED Weekends
Paul Ratner

I worked on a film in the beautiful Czech Republic where one day we got "tripe" as an offering from our caterer. It turned out tripe is made of the stomach lining of cows, pigs and who knows what else. Suffice it to say, the American crew revolted. Does this mean that tripe is not a good soup and cannot be enjoyed?

What's Really in That Take-out Box?

Psyche Williams-Forson | Posted 06.13.2013 | TED Weekends
Psyche Williams-Forson

Why can't we just eat our Chinese food or soul food in blissful ignorance, caring not about their origins or the historical characters that helped to inspire the foods on our plates?

Edible Americanness

Jamie Schler | Posted 04.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Jamie Schler

Could it also be the seafood, hushpuppies, citrus and key lime pie of my native Florida? I, like my home country, am a cultural melting pot, and each of these foods is a part of who I am as an American.

As American As Take-out Chinese?

Alan Jones | Posted 04.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Alan Jones

How far does the way we think about food reflect our prejudices and fears? And, do we know how much joy and delight we can give each other in the banquet of life?

General Tso Chicken: An Immigrant Life Saga

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 06.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Fabio Parasecoli

Fried ice cream, just like the General Tso's Chicken that Jennifer 8. Lee explores in her presentation, highlight the role of immigrants in facilitating the global circulation of culinary traditions, and in shaping the food of their host communities.

In Search of Real Chinese Food

Alex Remington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Alex Remington

My weekly addiction to Mongolian beef is helping to bar gourmet Chinese from gaining a foothold in America.

MSG Wants Its Reputation Back

The New York Times | Julia Moskin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Even now, after "Chinese restaurant syndrome" has been thoroughly debunked (virtually all studies since then confirm that monosodium glutamate in norm...