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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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Old Weang Ping Village: Not a Business, a Sanctuary.

Old Weang Ping Village: Not a Business, a Sanctuary.

| August 2, 2013 | 2 Comments

After 30 years of running the Thai restaurant Old Weang Ping, a locals’ favorite in East Oakland, owners Pat and Jook Sawanwatana are finally retiring. Does this mean the end of Old Weang Ping Village as we know it? Certainly not.

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Celebrating 35 Years of Garlic at the Gilroy Garlic Festival: Gastronomic Highlights

Celebrating 35 Years of Garlic at the Gilroy Garlic Festival: Gastronomic Highlights

| July 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

This year marked the 35th anniversary of the ultimate summer food extravaganza— Gilroy’s Garlic Festival. It was a three-day event packed with…well, food. Lots of food. Specifically, garlic. 82 tons of fresh California garlic to be precise. View BAB’s photo gallery of the festivities!

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Horta Culture.

Horta Culture.

| July 26, 2013 | 2 Comments

There’s an unassuming little dish we serve at our restaurant. The Greeks ask for it by its name: horta. Non-Greeks ask for “a side of braised greens” because they either don’t know the proper term for it or do know but are afraid to sound out the first, faintly phlegmy syllable in public.

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From Ramen To Rotini: Following The Noodles Of The Silk Road

From Ramen To Rotini: Following The Noodles Of The Silk Road

| July 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Is it possible that pasta originated in China and traveled west to Italy? Author Jen Lin-Liu travels the historic Silk Road from Beijing to Rome, tracing the evolution of pasta and sampling the offerings along the way.

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‘Eating On The Wild Side:’ A Field Guide To Nutritious Food

‘Eating On The Wild Side:’ A Field Guide To Nutritious Food

| July 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Our modern fruits, grains and vegetables aren’t nearly as nutrition-packed as their wild counterparts were thousands of years ago, says health writer Jo Robinson. Her new book offers advice on how to shop the produce aisle to select for foods that offer the best nutritional bang for the bite.

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The Science Of Twinkies: How Do They Last So Long?

The Science Of Twinkies: How Do They Last So Long?

| July 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

When Twinkies hit the stores again on July 15, they’re shelf life will be nearly twice as long as it used to be: 45 days. (We were surprised it wasn’t longer.) There’s a whole lot of food science employed to help the creme-filled cake defy the laws of baked-good longevity.

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