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Kale Lovers Dig Veggies More

October 1, 2014

Science is beginning to reveal that those who like "bitter" tend to eat more veggies. According to a report from scientists at Penn State and the University of Connecticut, there's a "bitterness" gene, and if you have it, you will not curl your lip at kale, or, beer.

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"Ketchup" is Fish Sauce?!

September 30, 2014

According to Stanford University linguist Dan Jurafsky in his book, The Language of Food, just published by WW Norton, the words we use for everyday foods contain clues to the food’s origin and evolving use around the globe. Take ketchup for instance, a word dating back to 200 BC, apparently.  “..…

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Flying Fare in Germany

September 29, 2014

Maybe this is Meals on Wheels for Germany? No, Meals on Wing. Anyway, according to a report in HuffPost, if you live in Dusseldorf or Cologne, you can order home delivery of freshly prepared airline food, as in Lufthansa business-class-esque meals. 

“A new service called Air Food One is currently …

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Comfort Foods? Bah Humbug! (Not.)

September 26, 2014

Many people may see ice cream as the perfect mood-lifter, but a recent study in Health Psychology claims that “comfort foods” aren't really comforting at all. “Results showed that there were no significant effects of food type (including comfort, non-comfort, and neutral foods) on mood, sugges…

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Buh-Bye to Summer, But Not ( Yet) to Ice Cream and Tomatoes

September 25, 2014

Salem, NJ, was home both to Lewis Bassett, founder of Bassetts Ice Cream in Philly, but also to Col Johnson who did NOT stand on the steps of the courthouse eating a tomato....Read on.

Another in our food heritage postings at Mother Earth News.

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Repurposing a "Food" Building for Food

September 24, 2014

Check out our recent post on Mother Earth News.   A group in Chicago is turning a 1925 meat packing plant into a food hub, rich with entrepreneurship activities. This is on-going food heritage!

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What People are Eating and When: Do We Care?

September 22, 2014

Ever wondered what’s the most popular food, drink or condiment in the world at any given hour? Probably not! But--consumer technology company Jawbone—famous for its fitness tracker and app that tells you about your daily habits—has put together such a list  from its global user base, even though you…

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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."

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