Title

Appetite for Home: Bitter-Sweet Memories of Learning to Cook & Eat in America
Produced
Anne Noyes Saini

Presented

TCF, USA, 213
Collection
ShortDocs
Tags
Appetite, Food, Identity, Immigration
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Story

Longtime New Yorkers recall family cooking traditions and foods from home that have been lost to immigration.

Appetite for Home: Bitter-Sweet Memories of Learning to Cook & Eat in America was produced by Anne Noyes Saini for the 2013 Third Coast ShortDocs Challenge.

Producer

When she is not editing economics books, Anne Noyes Saini covers food culture and immigration in New York City and has contributed to The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Narratively, WNYC-FM, WBUR-FM, and City Limits magazine.

Extra

Hungry for more? Read about and listen to other submissions from the 2013 ShortDocs Challenge, our collaboration with the James Beard Foundation that invited anyone/everyone to produce short audio stories inspired by the theme of appetite, told in three “courses,” and including one of the five tastes in the title: bitter, salty, sour, sweet or umami.

Find more from Anne Noyes Saini's ongoing audio project, Forgotten Foods of New York

Behind the scenes of Appetite for Home:

Course 1: Foods from home lost to immigration

(speakers, in order of appearance: Olga Colon, Nurys Ortiz, Nancy Soong)

Course 2: Learning to cook and eat in America
(speakers, in order of appearance: Olga Colon, Nancy Soong, Christina Lam)

Course 3: Foods from home recreated in America
(speaker: Nurys Ortiz)

About the speakers:
Olga Colon, 86, of Manhattan's Lower East Side, arrived in New York City -- from Puerto Rico -- when she was 18 years old.

Christina Lam, 68, of Chinatown, Manhattan, grew up in Hong Kong and moved to New York to work in a garment factory on East Broadway.

Nurys Ortiz, 58, of Washington Heights, left the Dominican Republic ("DR") to work in a NYC factory when she was 17 years old.

Nancy Soong, 90, of Battery Park City, Manhattan, was raised in Hong Kong and moved to NYC 60 years ago, after attending Vassar College.

Photo of Olga Colon by Emon Hassan, courtesy of Narratively.

Music credit:
"Home Again," by Michael Kiwanuka

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