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Celebrating Chefs in the US

September 19, 2014

According to the Today Show, "the United States Postal Service has cooked up something new — stamps honoring five celebrity chefs. The set, which officially comes out next Friday (Sept. 26), spotlights James Beard, Julia Child, Joyce Chen, Edna Lewis and Felipe Rojas-Lombardi.

“These chefs ex…

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UN Lacking Funds to Continue to Feed Displaced Middle Eastern Refugees

September 18, 2014

According to a piece in The Guardian, "The UN  ( World Food Programme) warned on Thursday that it will be forced to cut food rations for more than 6 million Syrians from next month unless it received more funding."

"The WFP said it had no money for programmes in December."

“We have reached a cri…

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Eat Well as a Japanese Astronaut

September 17, 2014

To “enrich the variety of Japanese space food,”  the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has selected 33 Japanese dishes, including "wagyu beef keema curry, miso soup and hijiki seaweed salad, for development as future astronaut food,” according to a piece in The Wall Street Journal/Japan. Als…

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Food Styling Goes Real, Kind Of....

September 16, 2014

Gone are the days when raw chickens were painted to look just-out-of-the-oven and marbles were placed in condensed soups to make the solid ingredients rise to the top, today’s editorial food photography is taking a more natural approach. “Part of this is a legal issue—passing off fake food as real i…

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"Smart Chopsticks" to Detect Unsafe Food?

September 15, 2014

Calling its latest product the answer to food safety issues in China, Baidu presents a pair of “smart chopsticks” called Kuaisou.  Linked with a smartphone app, the chopsticks could be swirled in oil and a “good” or “bad” reading would appear on your phone to indicate whether the cooking oil is unsa…

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Hey, Gluten-Intolerants: Try Persian!

September 14, 2014

Having recently discovered she is both gluten and dairy-intolerant, Britain's Sally Butcher is delighted to discover the food she sells is also exactly what she should eat, according to Munchies.

"Sally Butcher married an Iranian, and has since become a cult figure of the British-Iranian food scene…

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Bringing Back Old Apples, Enticing with "New" Tastes

September 12, 2014

17,000 apple varieties were once widespread across the US, beginning in the 1600's. Today we are supposed to be delighted with the Delicious apples, sweet, often mushy, extremely ordinary.

Once orchardists went with one or  two varieties, instead of the many that were available, they were struck …

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Food, Glorious Earth-Derived Food!

September 11, 2014

According to a piece in the Daily Mail, "A NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts who have orbited earth more than 2,700 times have touched down on stable ground to a rapturous welcoming party - and watermelons.

Former station commander Steve Swanson and cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg A…

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No "Ugly" Food Wasted in France

September 10, 2014

Never judge a book by its cover. That’s what Intermarché, the French supermarket chain, is trying to convince its shoppers. The chain is selling "inglorious" or normally tossed fresh fruits and vegetables such as "ridiculous" potatoes, "failed" lemons, "ugly" carrots and so on at 20 to 30 percent of…

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Neolithic Croatians Rocked Cooking, Heating

September 9, 2014

"Prehistoric experts in Croatia claim to have found what they say is the world's oldest Aga. The 6,500-year-old oven was unearthed in a ancient home during an archeological dig at a Neolithic site in Bapska, a village in eastern Croatia, which experts say is one of the most important in Europe. Expe…

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In Menu Re-do, Meat Shunted Aside by Paris' Alain Ducasse

September 6, 2014

Say it ain't so, Alain! According to a piece in The Guardian, Alain Ducasse, dubbed France's "top chef," is moving away from the traditional animal products for which French cuisine has been known.

"His three-star restaurant at the luxury Plaza Athénée hotel will reopen after refurbishment on Monda…

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Food Heritage in an Old Family Photo

September 5, 2014

The Food Museum's latest entry at Mother Earth News explores what food heritage lurks in an old photo.

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Recipes for Life, Love and Art: What's Not to Like?

September 3, 2014

Bloomsbury fans, lovers of Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Lytton Strachey and the gang, and those keen to rediscover old handed down, handwritten English recipes, and lovers of foodish art, get this lavishly illustrated book by Jan Ondaatje Rolls, a look at "vital living across the dining table."

It…

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Russia Feeling Effects of Food Import Ban

September 2, 2014

The Russian government's ban on food imports from the West is already hurting Russia's economy.

According to a report in Deutsche Welle, "As a result of the embargo, the cost of food in some of Russia's regions has been rising at a record pace. Wholesale prices for chicken legs on Sakhalin Island …

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North Korea May Lose Food Assistance

September 1, 2014

According to the Wall Street Journal, "The United Nations' food assistance agency says it may have to stop operating in North Korea because of a lack of funding, as donors continue to shy away from the rogue state.

The World Food Programme has distributed aid in North Korea since a famine in the mi…

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American Quinoa Puts Down Roots in Asia

August 30, 2014

According to a report on  NPR, "...would you believe that quinoa is now growing in a remote, mountainous part of Central Asia that British explorers called the "Roof of the World?

Indeed, it has landed in Tajikistan and Kyrgystan, thanks to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, which has …

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A Wine Cellar Destroyed in 1600 BC, Now Unearthed

August 29, 2014

An earthquake struck a palace at Tel Kabri in Israel, about 1600 BC, destroying a well-stocked wine cellar, according to a story on Smithsonian.com.

"The remains of 40 large jugs found at the site show traces of wine infused with herbs and resins, an international team reports today in the journal …

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Eater, Heal Thy Gut!

August 27, 2014

Apparently the good and clever people at Chelsea Green Publishing have published a book called The Heal Your Gut Cookbook, aimed at a hugely wild range of suffering people .

"Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) refers to disorders, including ADD/ ADHD, autism, addictions, depression, and obsessive…

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Coffee Entering "Third Wave?" Huh?

August 26, 2014

We know no one is waxing poetic about Folger's anymore, but are true coffee freaks going all evangelical about sustainability?

Uh huh.

"In the third wave, however, we buy coffee based on its origins, its process, its methods – and its evangelists are out to get specific about what separates it fro…

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Early Florida Indian Fare on the Menu in Tampa

August 25, 2014

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Ulele Restaurant, a project long in the works and developed by Columbia Restaurant's Richard Gonzmart, is opening tomorrow  in Tampa, Florida.

"The entire menu of the restaurant opening Tuesday in Tampa Heights pays tribute to early-Florida Indian fare and the pio…

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