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August 2014
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Food in the 'Hood

Archive ~ May, 2010 – July 2014

Articles from April 2010 back to January 2002 can be found in the respective monthly issue PDFs available at

After more than 25 years contributing this popular series – known in its early years at “The Ethnic Bazaar,” the writer has decided to retire. We have been honored that this well-known scholar of the history of food had chosen us to be the publisher of his highly readable and informative essays which always pointed our readers to neighborhood restaurants and purveyors of specialty foods in keeping with our mission of hyper-local reporting.

Should the occasion arise that, even in retirement, Joel Denker might offer us occasional submissions, we will definitely share them with our readers.

Joel Denker, a Peace Corp volunteer in Africa many years ago, is the author of Capital Flavors: Exploring Washington's Ethnic Restaurants (1988, Seven Locks Press), which evolved from his series in this newspaper two decades ago, known then as "The Ethnic Bazaar." He is also the author of The World on a Plate: A Tour Through the History of America's Ethnic Cuisine (paperback, 2007 / University of Nebraska Press), in which part of one chapter was drawn from articles that originally had appeared in this space. In addition, he has written about ethnic food for the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Enquirer, Washingtonian, as well as continuing his monthly food column with The InTowner.

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