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  • Food in the 'Hood

    By Joel Denker

    Found a Peanut

    “The Fruit, which are called by Seamen Earth-Nuts, are brought from Guinea in the Negroes Ships, to feed the Negroes withal in their Voyage from Guinea to Jamaica,” the English physician Hans Sloane observed in the early 18th century. Many commentators assumed that the peculiar nuts carried in the holds ...

    Asparagus: Scents and Non-scents

    The “Butter Pear”: The Mysterious Avocado

    The Wild Caper

    The Celery Cure — Part II

    The Celery Cure – Part 1

    The Truth about Finocchio: The Fragrant Fennel

    The Battle Over the Bean: the Curious Chickpea — Part II

    Will Return in November

    The Battle Over the Bean: the Curious Chickpea — Part I

    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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