Spicy onion rings are among the many foods that Monica Bhide's young son Jai sampled while traveling with her in India. The foods that connected mother and son made Jai feel "different" from other kids as he got older, and he shied away from them. But Mom didn't give up. Simon & Schuster hide caption

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Linguine with garlic and red pepper flakes are tossed with fresh Maine shrimp in a simple, memorable dish from food writer Jessica Strelitz's childhood. Jessica Strelitz for NPR hide caption

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