authenticity

food-features

The Story of Sriracha Is the Story of America

The trajectory of David Tran's success—and the backlash he's gotten for being "inauthentic"—embody the realities of being an immigrant entrepreneur in America.
Brian Gray and Connie Lo
9.9.19
CHEFS

Simone Tong Doesn't Want Chinese Food to Be Bound by 'Rules'

“What is authenticity? We should encourage people to adapt. We look backward to learn from history so that we can move forward."
Diana Hubbell
9.5.19
Indian Food

Your Favorite Indian Takeout was Invented by a Refugee Fleeing Pakistan

The surprising history of chicken tikka masala.
Leena Trivedi-Grenier
8.2.17
Los Angeles

This Is LA’s Most Authentically Inauthentic Mexican Food

Ray Garcia says his LA restaurant Broken Spanish is "authentic in its own inauthenticity," serving whipped carnitas fat on its tortillas and foie gras butter on its pan dulce.
Natalie B. Compton
4.13.16
Features

The Great Bro-Country Music Debate of 2015 and Why It's Kinda Pointless

Why are so many of the people who seem so invested in bringing "real" country back people who don't actually listen to country music?
Andrew Winistorfer
12.11.15
Op-Eds

The Right to Be Forgotten: Why a New Artist's Biggest Battle Is Finding a Way to Delete Their Past

In 2015, it's not unusual for a record label to sign an artist, and immediately remove every single thing they've ever done.
11.18.15
weak in review

David Roth's Weak in Review: Curt Schilling, Russell Wilson, and the Problem with Confidence

We all prefer people that act like humans rather than brand-boosting robots. This gets more complicated when athletes get involved.
David Roth
8.28.15
Longreads Or Whatever

How Widespread Is Ghostwriting in Music and How OK With It Should You Be?

Last month’s Meek vs Drake bunfight left a question mark hanging over the link between authorship and authenticity.
Peter Robinson
8.19.15
Stuff

What’s Behind Melbourne’s Love Affair With the Milk Crate?

You know the look instantly: Unpolished timber, peeling paint, some Edison lightbulbs, and a slew of plastic crates picked up for nothing from an alley somewhere.
Alan Weedon
8.19.15
Canada

Canadian Students Made This Neat Nanotech Ink to Thwart Counterfeiters

A smartphone camera's flash and some fancy processing algorithms are all that's needed to verify the authenticity of whatever the ink has been applied to.
Matthew Braga
8.7.15
Film

'52 Tuesdays’ Is a Clever and Sensitive Look at Transgender Parenthood

We talked to director Sophie Hyde about her new film, which was shot only on Tuesdays, every Tuesday, for one whole year.
Amber Roberts
8.3.15
Instagram

Why Beme, a Social Network for Authenticity, Exists

It asks people to be real.
Clinton Nguyen
7.23.15
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