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Discovering the Rich Culture and History of Houston’s Food

The stories of a city’s food are the stories of its humanity. As Houston food writer David Leftwich writes in a recent article, if you learn how a city eats, how it feeds itself year after year, then you’ll learn how it lives, its history and the stories of the hidden bonds that connect its citizens […]

Fish tacos. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaThe stories of a city’s food are the stories of its humanity. As Houston food writer David Leftwich writes in a recent article, if you learn how a city eats, how it feeds itself year after year, then you’ll learn how it lives, its history and the stories of the hidden bonds that connect its citizens to each other and to the wider world.

This is especially true of Houston. If you examine the meals that Houstonians are preparing, you will notice that the food is as diverse as the city. Houston would likely have starved without immigrants. Actually, the city wouldn’t exist without them.

To explain more, we talked with Leftwich. He’s a food writer for Sugar and Rice and regular contributor to our food segment, The Full Menu.

MORE: The History of Houston Food (Houston Chronicle, Nov. 22, 2016)

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