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From Aztecs to Oscars: Popcorn’s Beautiful, Explosive Journey

From Aztecs to Oscars: Popcorn’s Beautiful, Explosive Journey

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Long before it fueled moviegoers, popcorn helped lay the foundation for the Aztec empire. In our video, we look at popcorn under a microscope, where the rock-hard kernel’s fluffy secret is revealed.

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What Honest Abe’s Appetite Tells Us About His Life

What Honest Abe’s Appetite Tells Us About His Life

| February 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Abraham Lincoln is known as one of America’s greatest presidents. Turns out, he was also a cook who used to join his wife in the kitchen after work. In her new culinary biography of Lincoln, a food historian walks us through his life with stories — and recipes — of what he ate, cooked and served.

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For the Love of Oysters: How a Kiss From the Sea Evokes Passion

For the Love of Oysters: How a Kiss From the Sea Evokes Passion

| February 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Scientists have made some attempts to link mollusks to increased libido. There’s even evidence that consuming heavy doses of an amino acid found in oysters can increase sperm count – in rabbits. But do any of these findings actually prove that oysters can — ahem — amp up arousal? Not so much.

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Thank You, Shirley Temple, For The Original ‘Mocktail’

Thank You, Shirley Temple, For The Original ‘Mocktail’

| February 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Generations of children have been charmed by Shirley Temple onscreen, and in a glass. The drink that bears her name, it seems, has a shelf life as long as her movies.

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Beatlemania! When The Fab Four Rocked The Lunchroom

Beatlemania! When The Fab Four Rocked The Lunchroom

| February 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Soon after they arrived on U.S. shores, The Beatles infiltrated just about every part of American pop culture — including lunchboxes. Fans have been known to shell out more than $1,000 for an authentic 1960s lunchbox featuring the band.

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Soba: More Than Just Noodles, It’s A Cultural Heritage … And Art Form

Soba: More Than Just Noodles, It’s A Cultural Heritage … And Art Form

| January 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

The United Nations has named traditional Japanese cuisine — known as Washoku — an intangible cultural heritage. One of the oldest foods of Washoku is the soba noodle. But what most Americans call soba is a pale comparison to the actual cuisine. One woman in Southern California is trying to keep the true traditional noodle alive in America.

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The Fruits Of Free Trade: How NAFTA Revamped The American Diet

The Fruits Of Free Trade: How NAFTA Revamped The American Diet

| January 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Signed 20 years ago this month, the landmark trade agreement radically altered the way we get our fruits and vegetables, encouraging year-round imports from Mexican farms. That’s why it’s now no big deal to find, say, raspberries in winter. But critics say it also has trained consumers to value convenience over flavor and has dulled knowledge of where food comes from.

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Food As Punishment: Giving U.S. Inmates ‘The Loaf’ Persists

Food As Punishment: Giving U.S. Inmates ‘The Loaf’ Persists

| January 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

In many prisons and jails across the U.S., a bland, brownish lump is served to inmates who misbehave. Law enforcement officials say it’s not that bad, and it’s a very effective deterrent. But the practice is starting to fade as more prisoners argue that the loaf is cruel and unusual punishment.

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‘In Meat We Trust’ Argues We Got The Meat Industry We Asked For

‘In Meat We Trust’ Argues We Got The Meat Industry We Asked For

| December 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Historian Maureen Ogle’s new book examines the rise of our modern industrial meat system by examining its roots — all the way back to Colonial America. There’s a fundamental disconnect, she argues, in our demands for both cheap, plentiful meat and an end to factory farms. Something, she says, has to give.

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In Memoriam: Judy Rodgers of Zuni Café

In Memoriam: Judy Rodgers of Zuni Café

In remembrance of iconic San Francisco chef Judy Rodgers of Zuni Café, who passed away at age 57.

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Al Gore Goes Vegan, Following In Footsteps Of Bill Clinton

Al Gore Goes Vegan, Following In Footsteps Of Bill Clinton

| November 26, 2013 | 1 Comment

Bill Clinton went vegan as a radical attempt to reform his health. But Gore has been cutting back on meat since 2009, out of concern about the impacts of animal production on climate change.

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How About A Coke? Warhol Painting Up For Grabs

How About A Coke? Warhol Painting Up For Grabs

| November 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Artist Andy Warhol’s iconic black-and-white painting of a Coke bottle hits the auction block at Christie’s on Tuesday. It is expected to sell for more than $40 million.

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Prince Charles: Organic Innovator, Biscuit Maker

Prince Charles: Organic Innovator, Biscuit Maker

| November 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Two decades ago, the heir to the throne of England foresaw the potential and value in organic agriculture. The first product Duchy Originals launched was the Oaten Biscuit, and it’s still a top seller today.

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How 17th Century Fraud Gave Rise To Bright Orange Cheese

How 17th Century Fraud Gave Rise To Bright Orange Cheese

| November 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Kraft says it’s ditching two artificial dyes in some of its macaroni and cheese products. But why did we start coloring cheeses orange to begin with? Turn’s out there’s a curious history here.

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