10 Foods That Will Bring You Luck
Yes, these ingredients taste delicious—but tradition suggests there are other very good reasons to eat them in the new year. Life-extending noodles, anyone?
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A Bowl Full of Money
A heaping portion of greens
(such as these garlicky collards
) is pretty typical in January, but Tom Nealon, author of the forthcoming book Food Fights & Culture Wars: A Secret History of Taste
says leafy veggies are a classic good-luck food
, since they resemble the color of greenbacks and their leaves are akin to paper. Also on the list of looks-like-cash cuisine is fish
, since the scales shimmer like coins—and we never need an excuse to eat fish tacos
. And, says Nealon, golden raisins
, both of which are small, round and similar in color to gold coins, are also said to bring good fortune.