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A Liberian immigrant picks African peppers on the Bowling family farm in Charles County, Md. It's one of a handful of farms experimenting with growing African produce to cater to the D.C. region's large African immigrant community. Marina Dominguez/NPR hide caption

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Before she took the helm at Gourmet magazine, Ruth Reichl won two James Beard Awards for her work as restaurant critic for The New York Times. Courtesy Ruth Reichl hide caption

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Courtesy Ruth Reichl

Sallee Tee's restaurant in Monmouth Beach, N.J., was flooded following Hurricane Irene. Courtesy of Andrew West hide caption

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Courtesy of Andrew West

"Can something be called chicken or pork if it was born in a flask and produced in a vat?" asks Michael Spector. "Questions like that have rarely been asked and have never been answered." iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Alinea's version of pheasant, served with shallot, cider gel and burning oak leaves. Lara Kastner/Alinea hide caption

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