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Illustrated Dinner


No. 17, Summer 2023

An article on the history of the baby carrot, which was "invented" in my hometown, for the food history magazine Eaten.

March 21, 2023

A personal essay about the role that plantain has played in the process of grieving the loss of my beloved father. Featured in The Food + Grief Project series in Unpeeled Journal.

January 4, 2023

An article about why twinship and baking go hand in hand, featuring an in depth interview with the twin sister duo behind the Twins That Cook cookie business.

July 13, 2022

A cookbook review of Kwame Onwuachi's My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef in Epicurious.

June 15, 2022

A personal essay for The Republic's The Black Atlantic series about how frying plantain helps me teach my sons about their Nigerian heritage.

May 5, 2022

An article for Epicurious’ The Menu column about a dream dessert menu I would like to prepare for my family, with recipes selected from my favorite food memoirs.

January 21, 2022

An essay for The Counter on why plantain deserves more love from Western publishers.

October 29, 2021

A guest post praising today's photo-free cookbooks on Paula Forbes' cookbook newsletter Stained Page News

July 12, 2021

An edited transcript of a talk between me and The Counter's Joe Fassler about how the pandemic changed my approach to teaching food writing.

June 22, 2021

A food memoir essay about the role Nigerian food--especially plantain--has played in my life, featured in TASTE's 'Don't Call it Comfort Food' column

December 6, 2020

A micro essay about being pregnant during Covid. Featured in Harvard Review Online's Dispatches from a Pandemic series.

March 17, 2020

A tiny love story published in the New York Times Modern Love section.

February 2020

A food memoir essay exploring diner culture in my hometown. Published in the anthology DINE from Hippocampus Books.

November 12, 2019

A book review of Carolyn Tillie's food art alphabet book, published in the academic journal Food, Culture, and Society.

July 22, 2019

A flash creative nonfiction essay about the role brown dolls have played in my life over the years, published in the Journal of Compressed Creative Arts.

May 1, 2019

An article about how female artists in Los Angeles are speaking out about food justice, published in Artillery magazine's "State of Emergency" issue. 

December 28, 2018

A food memoir essay published as part of Entropy magazine's "Cooking Origin Stories" series.

August 29, 2014

An opinion poem published in the LA Times Op-Ed section as part of their second annual opinion poetry competition. 

November 26, 2013

A flash food memoir essay -- Winner of Otis College of Art & Design's student 'zine's 'Best Thanksgiving Tale' competition.

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