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Ronnie Johnson's lunchbox.

Eating Lunch 2,000 Feet Underground

The subterranean world of the coal miner involves complicated logistics for eating lunch, related to larger trends of labor, the economy, and energy use.

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Pimento Cheese in a Parka

I expected to miss Southern food in my new hometown. I did not expect to spy a funhouse version of it around every corner.

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The Big Tomato

In the 1960s, Piedmont Label boasted a booming art department. If something could be canned, Piedmont could label it: Brunswick stew from Georgia, oysters from Mississippi, gumbo from Louisiana, black-eyed peas from Tennessee, pet food from Washington, D.C.

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Growing up “Mix-Mix”

Filipino food is not easily comparable to Chinese or Japanese food. Because the Spanish colonized the Philippines, we share dishes with Latin cultures—adobo, menudo, flan. Rice, always white, is a hallmark.