Essays & Short Fiction

sweet

in Pretty Bitches, edited by Lizzie Skurnick
(Seal Press, March 2020)
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The pleasures of not being lonely

The Georgia Review (Winter 2019)
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Decoding a smoky italian drink

Wall Street Journal
(September 5, 2019)
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THE RAREST OF SENSES

Southern Cultures, Vol. 25, No. 2: “Inside/Outside” (Summer 2019)
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POINTS OF ENTRY: WRITERS ON THE BORDER

PEN America website
(July 3, 2019)
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RECIPES FROM A HUNGRY MAN

Gravy: a quarterly publication from the Southern Foodways Alliance
(Winter 2018)
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Mai Khoi & The Dissidents at National Sawdust

diaCRITICS
(November 19, 2018)
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A Rejected “Travelogue” of Singapore, the Philippines, and Vietnam

diaCRITICS
(October 22, 2018)
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Opinion: The Hypocrisy Of Eating At Mexican Restaurants

NPR’s The Salt
(June 23, 2018)
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Why It’s Every Person’s Responsibility to Stand Up to Racism

O, The Oprah Magazine
(May 2017)
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The Piglet 2017, Semifinal Round:

Dorie’s Cookies v. My Two Souths
Food52 website (March 10, 2017)
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The Deader Mule: A Southern Fiction Roundtable

Southern Cultures, Vol. 22, No. 3: “21c Fiction Issue” (Fall 2016)
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Southern, Reborn
(an essay based on the speech “Always a New Daily Bread”)

Gravy: a quarterly publication from the Southern Foodways Alliance
(Spring 2016)
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Why German Literature Is ‘Seriously Funny’

Publishing Perspectives website (February 25, 2016)
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My Father’s Previous Life

Marie Claire (December 2015)
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Always a New Daily Bread

Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium (October 2015)
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M O R E T H A N M Y M E M O R I E S D E F I N E M E

visual art / word game collaboration with UuDam Nguyen
in “(Re)Collecting the Vietnam War,” Asian American Literary Review, Vol. 6, Issue 2: Fall 2015
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10 Tips For Eating Well When You Have Diabetes

Yahoo Food website (April 27, 2015)
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Goodbye, Bagels. Hello, Syringes. A Food Writer’s Life With Diabetes

Yahoo Food website (April 22, 2015)
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Monique Truong’s Boiling Springs

Our State: Down Home in North Carolina (March 2015)

Our First Steps

in Amazing Place: What North Carolina Means to Writers, edited by Marianne Gringher (University of North Carolina Press, March 2015)
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Festival Neue Literatur: Monique Truong on Translations

Publishing Perspectives website (February 19, 2015)
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A Love Letter to North Carolina’s Red Bridges Barbecue

in Cornbread Nation 7: The Best of Southern Food Writing, edited by Francis Lam (University of Georgia Press, May 2014)
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Editing Watermark

in Local/Express: Asian American Arts and Community, edited by Curtis Chin, Terry Hong and Parag Khandhar (Asian American Literary Review 2013)
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Enchanted Isle

in A Fork in the Road, edited by James Oseland (Lonely Planet, December 2013)
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How to Be a Man

in The Book of Men, curated by Colum McCann and the editors of Esquire and Narrative4 (Picador, November 2013)
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My Life in Pie

Medium website (October 9, 2013)
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Oak Cottage: Salt

in Hedgebrook Cookbook: Celebrating Radical Hospitality
(She Writes Press, September 2013)
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Ode to the Mangosteen

Spoonwiz website (August 13, 2013)

Great Immigrants, Great Stories: Three Tales of Becoming an American

The Huffington Post website (July 19, 2013)
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Six Dishes: Saigon

Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia (July 2013)

Asian American Foodways: Pho

App for exhibit “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story,” The Smithsonian Institution (June 2013)
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50 Great Books That Will Change Your Life: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Real Simple (June 2013)
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A love letter to North Carolina’s Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge

The Washington Post (November 30, 2012)
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Excerpt from Bitter in the Mouth

South Writ Large (Spring 2012)
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Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

South Writ Large (Spring 2012)
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Ravenous | Sotkamo in Midsummer

T Magazine, The New York Times website (July 24, 2012)
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Ravenous | Fried Baltic Herring, at Home

T Magazine, The New York Times website (June 11, 2012)
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Ravenous | Hello, Helsinki

T Magazine, The New York Times website (May 8, 2012)
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Ravenous | My Idea of Fast Food

T Magazine, The New York Times website (April 3, 2012)
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Ravenous | A New Cookbook

T Magazine, The New York Times website (February 28, 2012)
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Ravenous | The Taste of Home

T Magazine, The New York Times website (January 26, 2012)
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Ravenous | In Praise of Parsley

T Magazine, The New York Times website (December 19, 2011)
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Ravenous | The Stuffing Theory

T Magazine, The New York Times website (November 21, 2011)
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Ravenous | Preserved Unripe Figs

T Magazine, The New York Times website (October 6, 2011)
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Ravenous | Thit Heo Kho

T Magazine, The New York Times website (September 2, 2011)
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The Company of Friends

Ladies’ Home Journal website (August 2011)
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How a Mockingbird Gave Birth to a Canary

Ladies’ Home Journal website (August 2011)

An Age to Remember

Real Simple (March 2011)
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Monique Truong

in Table of Contents, edited by Judy Gelman and Vicky
Levy Krupp (Adams Media, November 2010)
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Lost in Translation

Saveur (October 2010)
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Sealed With A Taste

turmsegler.net (September 1, 2010)
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Pies

Powell’s Books Blog (September 2010)
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Book Notes – Bitter in the Mouth

largehearted boy website (August 2010)
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The Sweet Life

Town & Country (January 2010)

The Most Meaningful Moment of My Day

Real Simple (November 2009)
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My Cherry Amour

Gourmet (September 2008)
nominated for James Beard Foundation Award 2009:
Magazine Feature Writing Without Recipes
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DMemory: “Mangiare un Mangostano

D La Repubblica (November 2007)
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For A Future That’s Always Rosy

The New York Times, Dining & Wine (June 27, 2007)
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Poetry in Motion

Condé Nast Traveler (April 2007)
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Over the Moon: Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips

Men’s Vogue (January/February 2007)

American Like Me

Gourmet, Reading Supplement (August 2006)
nominated for James Beard Foundation Award 2007: M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award

My Father’s Vietnam Syndrome

The New York Times, Op-Ed page (June 18, 2006)
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Real and Flawed

Michigan Quarterly Review (Fall 2004)

Opposites Attract

Allure (September 2004)

Many Happy Returns

Food & Wine (July 2004)
reprinted in Best Food Writing 2005, Holly Hughes, ed. (Marlowe & Company 2005)
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The Season de l’Amour

The New York Times Op-Ed page (August 22, 2003)
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Into Thin Air

Time Magazine Asia Edition (August 18-25, 2003)

The Homesick Diner

The Times of London, Saturday Magazine (July 19, 2003)