A shopper in a Vietnamese supermarket in Westminster, California.
A place setting at a restaurant in northern Indiana.
A waitress serving spoon bread at Boone Tavern, in Berea, Kentucky.
Donuts for sale at a shop in rural Michigan.
A waitress at a diner in the Bronx, New York.
A plate of Cincinnati-style chili at a fast food restaurant in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The ingredients for gaeng som, a pungent Thai curry.
A cook at a food stall in Phatthalung, Thailand.
A food market in Krabi, Thailand.
A landscape in Phatthalung province, Thailand.
A plate of stir-fried rice noodles at a restaurant in Trang, Thailand.
Summer berries and fruits for sale at a market in Vladivostok, Russia.
Two home cooks in Vladivostok, Russia, showing off their decidedly fancy rendition of a roast chicken.
A home-cooked dinner in suburban Stockholm, Sweden.
A take-away order of stir-fried noodles, red-cooked pork belly, and more, from a hawker’s stall in Singapore.
A father and his daughter enjoy Malay-style rojak at a hawker center in Singapore.
Admiring lunch in a Singapore home kitchen.
Salted fish for sale at a night market in Jakarta, Indonesia.
A cook in her home kitchen in Jakarta, Indonesia.
A night market in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Sweets for sale at a sweet shop in Mumbai, India.
The thali lunch at a restaurant in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
A home cook in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
A piece of papaya, the first breakfast course at a restaurant in Mumbai, India.
A vendor offering curried goat with lentils at a market in Mumbai, India.
Battered, fried vegetables in a home kitchen in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
A street scene in Mumbai, India.
A plate of condiments at a restaurant in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
Bananas packed into the trunk of a taxi in Mumbai, India.
A South Indian-style lunch at a restaurant in Mumbai, India.
The wall of my office at Saveur magazine; we were closing the October 2008 issue.
James Oseland is the editor-in-chief of Saveur and a judge on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters.