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Good Luck Through Good Eating

ANDREA SEABROOK, Host:

New Year's Day isn't just bowl games and resolutions. Nearly every culture has special foods to eat on January 1st to ensure good luck and prosperity in the new year. WEEKEND EDITION commentator Bonny Wolf decided to try some for the New Year's Day brunch she's putting together for a newly married couple.

BONNY WOLF: The newlyweds are a happy, well-suited couple. They probably don't need all this extra insurance, but why take chances? Keep your fingers crossed.

SEABROOK: Bonny Wolf is author of "Talking With My Mouth Full" and contributing editor for Kitchen Window, NPR's online food column. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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NPR commentator Bonny Wolf grew up in Minnesota and has worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in New Jersey and Texas. She taught journalism at Texas A&M University where she encouraged her student, Lyle Lovett, to give up music and get a real job. Wolf gives better advice about cooking and eating, and contributes her monthly food essay to NPR's award-winning Weekend Edition Sunday. She is also a contributing editor to "Kitchen Window," NPR's Web-only, weekly food column.