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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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How Eastern Coachella Valley Used Egyptomania to Sell Dates

How Eastern Coachella Valley Used Egyptomania to Sell Dates

| November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Around 1900, as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to find crops from around the world which would grow well in the United States, “agricultural explorers” visited Algeria, Iraq and Egypt. They returned with date palm shoots, and after planting in a number of regions, found the Coachella Valley had the perfect climate for the crop.

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Here’s A Reason To Love Disco Again: Stopping Food Waste

Here’s A Reason To Love Disco Again: Stopping Food Waste

| October 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Wednesday is World Food Day, an occasion meant to strengthen the commitment to end global hunger. Across Europe, activists are throwing disco soup parties to turn leftover food into delicious food to give to the hungry. And as the name suggests, there’s music, too.

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(Cabbage) Heads Will Roll: How To Make A Food Network ‘From Scratch’

(Cabbage) Heads Will Roll: How To Make A Food Network ‘From Scratch’

| October 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Food Network was intended for cooks, but it wasn’t run by them. In a new tell-all book, Allen Salkin takes an unsparing look at the channel’s progression from struggling cable startup to global powerhouse, and the people who rose and fell along the way.

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Remembering Marcella Hazan, Who Brought A Taste Of Italy To America

Remembering Marcella Hazan, Who Brought A Taste Of Italy To America

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Hazan, who died Sunday at age 89, helped revolutionize how Americans cooked and appreciated Italian food. Ironically, Hazan — a biologist by training — had little interest in cooking until she met her husband, who became an indispensable partner in crafting her cookbooks.

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No Schmear Job: A Brief History Of Bagels And Lox

No Schmear Job: A Brief History Of Bagels And Lox

| September 21, 2013 | 1 Comment

The origin of the bagel “is somewhat mysterious,” says a writer who recently explored the topic. What is unquestionable is that bagel met and married lox in New York. But as in so many modern unions, both partners came to the marriage with plenty of baggage.

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TV Watch: Local “Culinary Jams” on Moveable Feast With Fine Cooking

TV Watch: Local “Culinary Jams” on Moveable Feast With Fine Cooking

| September 14, 2013 | 2 Comments

This month marks the launch of a new 13-episode TV series on PBS that definitely subscribes to the “go local” theme while highlighting the skills of some noteworthy Bay Area chefs. The San Francisco episode premieres September 14 but airs on KQED 9 Saturday September 21.

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Tortellini, The Dumpling Inspired By Venus’ Navel

Tortellini, The Dumpling Inspired By Venus’ Navel

| August 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Legend has it that an innkeeper caught a glimpse of the goddess of love in her bedroom and then rushed to his kitchen to create an egg pasta inspired by Venus’ belly button. Today the art of making tortellini is endangered, but several groups are devising creative ways to preserve the tradition.

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Fight Food Waste: Drink Rum, Matey

Fight Food Waste: Drink Rum, Matey

| August 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pirates, pokers and alleged demonic origins — the history of rum is filled with raucousness and rebellion. To celebrate National Rum Day, we bring you tales from this drink’s past, including its laudable origins as a food waste solution.

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In Iraq, Laying Claim to the Kebab

In Iraq, Laying Claim to the Kebab

| August 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Iraqis, among many other Middle Easterners, believe they invented the kebab. The skewered meat dish appears as early as the 9th century in a book from the southern city of Basra called The Book of Misers.

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Three Ways Cooking Has Changed Over the Last 300 Years

Three Ways Cooking Has Changed Over the Last 300 Years

| August 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

When you put a librarian and a historian in the kitchen with a centuries’ old cookbook, you get a lot more than recipes. You also get a sense of how much the way we eat has changed — from how we define dessert to the size of our eggs.

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Old Hawaiian Menus Tell Story of Local Fish and Their Demise

Old Hawaiian Menus Tell Story of Local Fish and Their Demise

| August 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

An ecologist wondered if Hawaiian menus might help explain what happened to Hawaii’s sea turtle population. But the menus revealed another marine tragedy: that local fish numbers had dropped to about a tenth of what they once were.

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Liam Mayclem Takes You (and Jason Priestley) “Inside the Kitchen” on San Francisco Food Tours

Liam Mayclem Takes You (and Jason Priestley) “Inside the Kitchen” on San Francisco Food Tours

| August 7, 2013 | 2 Comments

Liam Mayclem is media star behind The Foodie Chap series and has cooked with the world’s top chefs. Mayclem is now giving behind-the-scenes culinary tours in San Francisco, a food-meets-travel trend that is growing in popularity throughout the world.

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