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  • Food in the 'Hood

    Former InTowner Food Writer Joel Denker’s New Book Published

    On December 3, 2015, Dupont Circle’s Glen’s Garden Market at 20th & S Streets, NW hosted a preview event of the wonderfully engaging and informative new book by Joel Denker, The Carrot Purple and Other Curious Stories of the Food We Eat. To learn more about this book, visit the author’s “Food Passages” blog.

    NOV - Denker book coverAfter more than 25 years contributing his popular series to The InTowner, known in its early years at “The Ethnic Bazaar” and later as “Food in the ‘Hood,” Joel Denker decided devote his energies to not only researching & writing this new book as well as producing an expanded output of food writing. 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; many of those essays served as springboards for essays in this book.

    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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