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Green Papaya Salad

Green papaya salad is beloved in Laos and Northern Thailand and is a common street and festival food. Tune in to tomorrow’s Gravy podcast for a look at the Lao community in Morganton, North Carolina.


Flag Pizza

For a group of children I once made an oblong pizza that depicted the American flag, using food coloring for the blue field of stars with alternating stripes of cheese and tomato sauce. My wife said it was the ugliest pizza she’d ever seen, but I didn’t mind. The kids loved it.

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Ava Lowrey at the Oxford Film Festival

Dalton Stevens has been creating folk art with buttons for over 20 years, becoming known as “The Button King.” Pihakis Film Fellow Ava Lowrey documents his story in a short film that will screen at the Oxford Film Festival February 19 and 20.

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What We’re Reading: Soda Politics

In 2016, SFA examines the corn-fed South: corn as symbol, corn as sustenance, and corn as syrupy problem. When considering this last angle, Marion Nestle’s Soda Politics: Taking On Big Soda (And Winning) is essential background reading.