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Norman Van Aken
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CORN TORTILLAS: A WORD ON FOOD
ON CORN TORTILLAS A Mexican boy of 20 or so ... in long baggy shorts with a baseball hat is cooking my eggs while his mother rapidly peels potatoes with a curved blade flicking the peels away from her into a bowl while she giggles at the conversation she is...

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OUR LUNCH AT MICHEL BRAS, LAGUIOLE, FRANCE
“MICHEL BRAS” It was not originally on the itinerary at all, but as the months drew closer to our going Charlie came to one of his famously resolute decisions and told Steve Greystone, “We’re going to add in Michel Bras. Norman can’t go to France without di...

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Interview with Norman Van Aken
Interview with Norman Van Aken What inspired you in the search of new flavors? how was your culinary style born?   People inspire me. Food is about the love of people and families and the never-ceasing exploration of our globe. My style was born in my child...

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A Word on Food: MISO
Despite our ( we thought! ), carefully planned strategy for a lunch of divine sushi… we were in for a shock as we slowed to pull on to the side street off the 79th street causeway. The shock was due to the line of even more prepared folks lined outside the ...

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COUNTRY HAMS
We were in Atlanta for the annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival a few years ago. The folks who started this up, have hit the sweet spot on all manner of Southern cooking and drinking with this fest. My son Justin and I were busy as bees over the 3 days and n...

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THE EGG
The summer I became a golf caddie was one filled with suddenly unfamiliar routines and the deep lows and soaring highs of messy adolescence. I was 14 years of age and not skipping smoothly along the surface of life’s waters. My childhood pals, the Harris bo...

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The Foods of India
(From the NPR Radio Show, "A Word On Food" by Norman Van Aken) ‘ A Word on Food’ is done with … words … of course. Where would I be without them? Our blonde-haired, blue-eyed granddaughter Audrey is not yet two… yet she is teaching me to try more communicat...

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FRIED GREEN TOMATOES
Have you seen that now classic commercial where a bunch of cowboys get all freaked out about a salsa that is produced in NEW     YORK      CITY..!?!?! Well, I found it similarly amusing to be in an elegant restaurant in NEW YORK CITY! recently where they we...

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FRIED CHICKEN; A Word On Food
When I was 19, 20 and 21 years of age … I seemed to be on a yo-yo between my boyhood home in Illinois and the place I was seeking. I wanted sunlight. I wanted music. I wanted good books.  I didn’t know I wanted … Fried Chicken too ! I rode a bus from centra...

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