A different way to dine: a casual Liberian supper club in Queens

“Retired from state government, Ms. [Eliza] Smith, 62, cooks Liberian food in her kitchen in Flushing, Queens, for paying customers. … ‘The fish makes it funky,’ she says.” — Photo essay with audio interview at New York Times

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2022: I publish a weeklyish email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca., where I practiced with Buddhist teacher Ruth Denison and was involved in various pro-ecology and social justice activist activities.

2 thoughts on “A different way to dine: a casual Liberian supper club in Queens

  1. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Grand Gedeh county (River Gbeh) 1976-78. I ate like a god throughout Liberia, and have not found anything resembling potato greens, palm butter with chicken or foo foo on the East Coast since my return. If you can provide an address or phone, I would ask Ms. Smith to prepare a meal which I would serve to my family in the Berkshires, without hesitation, at any price!
    Thank you.

    Jon Krant, MD

  2. My son is currently a Peace Corps volunteer in Zwedru, Liberia. I thoroughly enjoyed the article about Ms. Eliza Smith and her home cooking. My wife and I would love to experience true Liberian food and chat with Ms. Smith about her memories of Liberia (we live in the metropolitan area). Would you be able to tell me how to contact Ms. Smith to arrange this? Thank you.

    Peter Center

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