Robert Sietsema

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10 Ways the Italians Changed the Way America Eats

From meatball heros to pizza, Italian immigrants have left an indelible mark on the American diet. In honor of Columbus Day, Robert Sietsema reveals how your favorite red-sauce classics came to be.…

Click through the gallery to trace the history of pot edibles, and check out some of the varieties available today.

A Brief History of Cooking with Marijuana

Bhang! That’s the sound of your head exploding as you drink the onomatopoeic beverage called bhang, which originated in 10th-century India. According to food historian K.T. Achaya, that…

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The Death of Pie

Robert Sietsema goes on an epic dessert binge to explore the current state of a New York institution: the diner pie.…

Radish-stuffed paratha at Deccan Spice is a breath of spring.

Photo Essay: A Tour of Jersey City’s Little India

For 20 years, Jersey City’s Newark Avenue just north of Journal Square has been known as Little India. Dozens of businesses cater to the culinary and cultural needs of South Asians, and the…