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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 and corn, both of which are small, round and similar in color to gold coins, are also said to bring good fortune.