What makes a better gift than DIY cocktail supplies? This kind of gift is cute, unique, and way more useful than another pair of hand-knit socks. Best of all, it’s surprisingly easy to make the components of one of my favorite cocktails, the Manhattan. Well, all of the components except for the rye whiskey. That one, I’ll leave to the experts.
Wasted food creates billions of tons of greenhouse gases, and it costs us precious water and land. The rice lost in Asia and the meat wasted in rich countries contribute most heavily to the problem.
September 10 through 12, you can explore the wide world of heirlooms at the Third Annual National Heirloom Exposition at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. With a full line up of workshops, cooking demonstrations, exhibits, and educational speakers, the three-day expo is a kind of Disneyland for home gardeners, organic farmers, food activists, and eaters of all stripes and ages.
Consumers are demanding “natural” food dyes, and scientists say purple sweet potato is the most promising source of pigments to make them. But it may be a while before your red Popsicle is made with this kind of vegetable-based dye.
Fad diets seem that much more absurd when you can visualize exactly what they require you to eat. A photo series helps reinforce what medical researchers are saying: that the best diet is the one you actually stick with.
The USDA has quietly ended a ban on processed chicken imports from China. The products won’t require a country-of-origin label — which means there’s no way to know whether those chicken nuggets in the freezer aisle came from a country with a spotty food safety reputation.
The world’s most expensive coffee can cost $600 a pound, and it comes from — there’s no delicate way to put it — civet poop. But how do you know if what you’re shelling out for is the real deal? Chemists have come up with the world’s first cat poop coffee test.
As fast-food workers go on strike in cities across the country, opponents argue robots could replace them if their demands for a higher minimum wage are met. But robots for fast food exist already — kind of.
California’s small producers of tomatoes, grapes and other crops are increasingly taking up dry farming, which involves growing crops without watering them for months. The technique, which obviously saves water, can produce more flavorful crops.
Today, stone fruit season brings in a rainbow of colors and flavors: apriums, pluots, nectaplums, peacharines, pluerries, and even peacotums. Where did these designer breeds come from? What is the difference between hybridization and genetic engineering?
If Kansas farmers keep pumping water out of the High Plains aquifer as they have in the past, the amount of water they can extract will start to fall in just 10 years or so, scientists predict. That will cause big changes in the agricultural economy. But reducing water use now could help delay and ease that disruption.
Surprisingly enough, people have been poaching salmon in their dishwashers for decades. Now one Italian cook has expanded the technique to meats, side dishes and desserts. And she’s found a trick to make the method more environmentally friendly.
Imagine corn on the cob that naturally tastes creamy and buttery — no added fat required. Native Americans bred such a variety, but its kernels were almost lost to history. Now one chef is bringing back the heirloom corn — and hoping it will serve as a lesson in what can happen when crops are bred to be flavorful and colorful, not just big.
While New Yorkers line up for the cronut, a croissant-doughnut cross, in London, a tartlet-brownie mashup called the townie is now the rage. Social media is helping to drive these hybrid-food fads, industry watchers say, but how they ultimately impact the bottom line depends on whether purveyors can be more than one-trick ponies.
Coming soon to a kitchen near you: appliances that talk to each other, suggest recipes based on food at hand and know when to run and when to pause to let the electric car charge up.