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As the famous proverb goes, “Tell me how many kinds of mustard you have in your refrigerator, and I’ll tell you who you are.” Or something like that. Well, ok. Maybe that’s not something people say, but that doesn’t mean it essentially isn’t true; we are what we eat, after all. And we really are what we eat at home, alone or with our families. Here, then, we peek inside the refrigerators of five...
It’s just past three in the afternoon on a Tuesday, shortly after schools get out, and Windsor Terrace parents—backpacked kids in tow—keep popping their heads through the door of Butterfunk Kitchen. Although they won’t officially be open until 5:30, co-owner Eugenie Woo greets them all warmly, by name, as this is a neighborhood where restaurant debuts are cause for community celebration. Especially when said eatery is a soul food mecca and rollicking juke joint, spearheaded...
One day in 2009, Rachel Coleman was sitting in a hotel conference room in Manhattan with two companions: a friend, Theresa Smith, and a bowl of cottage cheese mixed with pasta—her own version of macaroni and cheese. She was there for hours and hours, patiently waiting. Coleman was 24 years old, had her black hair cut into a shaggy bob, wore big rose-framed glasses, and was living in Bushwick. She’d brought the food, based...

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