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The work of catering chefs largely exists behind the scenes—especially where lavish dinners and high-profile fundraising events are concerned.

from Good Food

LA is often called a concrete jungle, but it’s teeming with wild animals, insects, and plants. More than 500 species of birds live here or pass through as they migrate up the coast.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, aka “Javanka,” are about as close as America gets to having a prince and princess. At least that’s how they like to see themselves.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump blur the lines between government service and private business

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, aka “Javanka,” are about as close as America gets to having a prince and princess. At least that’s how they like to see themselves.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

James Whetlor  began his culinary career as a chef in London but has since turned to farming goats—which he claims is a sustainable and healthy alternative to eating beef.

Goat: a sustainable red meat alternative?

James Whetlor began his culinary career as a chef in London but has since turned to farming goats—which he claims is a sustainable and healthy alternative to eating beef.

from Good Food

When New York Times media columnist David Carr died in 2015 at age 58, there was a front-page obit.

Erin Lee Carr on alcoholism, workaholism, and a loving but contentious relationship with her father David Carr

When New York Times media columnist David Carr died in 2015 at age 58, there was a front-page obit.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Sex parties, queer relationships, and multiple partners were not unusual during the early 20th Century in African American neighborhoods in Philadelphia and New York.

Poor black women at the turn of the 20th Century lived quiet, revolutionary lives

Sex parties, queer relationships, and multiple partners were not unusual during the early 20th Century in African American neighborhoods in Philadelphia and New York.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Portland, Oregon may be the city that wants to keep itself weird, with a pilates studio or artisanal food truck on every other corner.

Hustlers, drugs, prison: From a tough Portland childhood to an award-winning writing career

Portland, Oregon may be the city that wants to keep itself weird, with a pilates studio or artisanal food truck on every other corner.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

What does it mean to be a child refugee or migrant? Whose lives are worth documenting and recording?

Documenting the plight of children trying to cross into the U.S.

What does it mean to be a child refugee or migrant? Whose lives are worth documenting and recording?

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

A massive library catalog filled with summaries of thousands of books from more than 500 years ago, many of which no longer exist, has just surfaced in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Hernando Colón’s lost library catalog has been rediscovered

A massive library catalog filled with summaries of thousands of books from more than 500 years ago, many of which no longer exist, has just surfaced in Copenhagen, Denmark.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Longtime writer Judith Viorst is 88 years old.

Making marriage last, and other wisdom from a humor writer near her 90s

Longtime writer Judith Viorst is 88 years old.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Paul Le Roux ran an international online prescription drug network, selling hundreds of millions of dollars worth of painkillers to Americans.

Paul Le Roux, the biggest criminal mastermind you’ve never heard of

Paul Le Roux ran an international online prescription drug network, selling hundreds of millions of dollars worth of painkillers to Americans.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

A book bound in the skin of its author causes eye-rolls for its modern-day caretakers.

HBM115: Bound in Walton et al.

A book bound in the skin of its author causes eye-rolls for its modern-day caretakers.

from Here Be Monsters

During a break from her college studies in China, writer   Georgia Freedma   n  visited the capital of the Yunnan province, where she encountered flavors she had never tasted before.

“Cooking South of the Clouds”

During a break from her college studies in China, writer Georgia Freedma n visited the capital of the Yunnan province, where she encountered flavors she had never tasted before.

from Good Food

Regional Chinese food is flourishing in LA, and now Teochew (or Chiu Chow) food is getting some long overdue  attention   .

The food of the Teochew diaspora

Regional Chinese food is flourishing in LA, and now Teochew (or Chiu Chow) food is getting some long overdue attention .

from Good Food

As urban gardening gains popularity, Lauri Kranz of   Edible Gardens LA   is helping novices and veterans bring edible beauty to their backyards and balconies.

Gardens can grow anywhere—even on your balcony

As urban gardening gains popularity, Lauri Kranz of Edible Gardens LA  is helping novices and veterans bring edible beauty to their backyards and balconies.

from Good Food

Yasmin Khan ’s numerous visits to modern Palestine taught her that the food there is not only inseparable from politics, but also its historical influences, including Arab, Jewish,…

What is the Palestinian kitchen?

Yasmin Khan ’s numerous visits to modern Palestine taught her that the food there is not only inseparable from politics, but also its historical influences, including Arab, Jewish,…

from Good Food

Yiyun Li, a celebrated Chinese American author and MacArthur “Genius” fellow, has thought a lot about how depression and suicide affects a family.

In ‘Where Reasons End,’ conversations about life and death, and the danger of perfectionism

Yiyun Li, a celebrated Chinese American author and MacArthur “Genius” fellow, has thought a lot about how depression and suicide affects a family.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

We look at Marlon James’ book “Black Leopard, Red Wolf.” People are calling it the African version of “Game of Thrones.”

Why the book ‘Black Leopard, Red Wolf’ is similar to ‘Game of Thrones’

We look at Marlon James’ book “Black Leopard, Red Wolf.” People are calling it the African version of “Game of Thrones.”

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Deepi Ahluwalia  and  Stef Ferrari    are revisiting the culinary past with fresh eyes—by centering the stories of women.

Reclaiming a woman’s “rightful place”

Deepi Ahluwalia and Stef Ferrari  are revisiting the culinary past with fresh eyes—by centering the stories of women.

from Good Food

For many students, studying abroad is an important part of the college experience. You get to know other cultures, learn a language and see the world.

Why women are more likely to study abroad than men

For many students, studying abroad is an important part of the college experience. You get to know other cultures, learn a language and see the world.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand