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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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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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