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What’s on Your Table (Again)?

Now accepting submissions.

Words: Sahar Khan
Pictures: Calum Lewis

Last year, we asked you to share what was on your holiday table, and you didn’t just send us delicious recipes, you also shared your stories. Stories we are so grateful for here at Inkstick. So this holiday season, we’re calling on you again.

We care deeply about your holiday menu, not simply because we love to eat (and, we do) but also because what we serve has a story of its own. Menus are constantly evolving, but are almost always created with love and rooted in history. Last year we pointed out how our collective palette — and grocery store selection — has expanded with “ethnic” foods. But when does an ingredient stop being “ethnic” and just something one uses to season their meals?

At Inkstick, we want to continue these conversations around food, how and why we label certain foods, and what these labels mean to you and your family, friends, and community. But there’s also one small catch. Your submission must contain a recipe. After all, we need to figure out what we’re cooking, too.

Please send submissions to by 5 p.m. ET on Nov. 11, 2021, with the subject “What’s On your Table? series.” Submissions should be between 900–2000 words. Further guidelines are here.

Sahar Khan

Managing Editor

Sahar Khan is the Managing Editor at Inkstick. She is also a research fellow at the Cato Institute's Defense and Foreign Policy Studies department. Sahar holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Irvine; a MPP from the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago; and a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University. Sahar's work has appeared in various well-known sources, such as The Diplomat, Axios, The Hill, and Newsweek.


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