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Random Fri Sep 14 2007

The melting pot dog

There are worse ways to wake up than to a radio story about the origin of the Chicago hot dog. WBEZ's Adriene Hill had a piece on this morning explaining the ethnic origins of our city's signature food. This is how she and food historian Bruce Craig claim it breaks down:

Meat: German by way of Ashkenazi Jews
Yellow mustard: German
Celery salt: German
Onion: Polish
Relish: German -- or maybe Italian
Pickles: East European
Hot peppers: Mediterranean
Tomatoes: Mediterranean
Ketchup: Neverland

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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