Heritage Cooking

In this series, authors and cooks delve deliciously into the stories and secrets behind their favorite recipes. We explore the traditions and origins behind iconic foods from around the world, and share recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation among families and communities. Learn to make Mexican tamales, the Filipino ginger-chicken soup tinola, Vietnamese-style Brussels sprouts, Southern barbecue and mac and cheese, and much more.

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I Didn't Know How to Tell My Father I Loved Him. So I Learnt to Make Sai Bhaji
When my mother passed away, I did the only thing I could think of to connect with my father—cook.
Blueberry-Peach Salad with Sesame-Ginger Balsamic Vinaigrette
In this installment of Diaspora Dining, Jessica B. Harris' series on foods of the African diaspora, fresh summer fruit stars in a salad that's perfect for serving at your Juneteenth barbecue. 
Pati Jinich Shares Her Secrets for Making Perfect Tacos
Plus the Mexican recipes she wishes Americans would try and her favorite restaurants in Washington, D.C.
Chef Simileoluwa Adebajo Is Serving Up Nigerian Comfort Food in San Francisco—Try Her Recipes at Home
She may be half a world away from her family in Nigeria, but every time Adebajo cooks dishes like suya and puff puffs at her restaurant Èkó Kitchen, she honors the women who taught her how—her grandmothers and mother.
This Quick-to-Prepare Wilted Spinach Salad Rapidly Satisfies Cravings for Greens (& Bacon)
In this installment of our series on foods of the African Diaspora, Jessica B. Harris celebrates her love for salads and one of her tastes of home.

Celebrating Foods of the African Diaspora

Migration Meals: How African American Food Transformed the Taste of America
During the Great Migration, millions of African Americans left the South and settled in the rest of the United States, bringing rich culinary traditions with them—sweet potato pie, black-eyed peas, mac and cheese, barbecue and so much more.  
This Curried Cabbage Dish Will Transport You to the Eastern Coast of Kenya
In this installment of our series on foods of the African diaspora, Jessica B. Harris, Ph.D., notes that curry is the connection in this simple dish from Kenya.