Tag: history

Farming Got Hip In Iran Some 12,000 Years Ago, Ancient Seeds Reveal

Farming Got Hip In Iran Some 12,000 Years Ago, Ancient Seeds Reveal

| July 5, 2013 | 2 Comments

Archaeologists had considered Iran unimportant in the history of farming – until now. Ancient seeds and farming tools uncovered in Iran reveal Stone Age people there were growing lentils, barley and other crops. The findings offer a snapshot of a time when humans first started experimenting with farming.

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Bones Tell Tale Of Desperation Among The Starving At Jamestown

Bones Tell Tale Of Desperation Among The Starving At Jamestown

| May 2, 2013 | 1 Comment

The winter of 1609-1610 has been called the “starving time” for the hundreds of men and women who settled the English colony of Jamestown, Va. They ate their horses, their pets — and, apparently, at least one person. Scientists say human bones recovered from the site provide the first hard evidence that the colonists may have resorted to cannibalism.

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Fortune Cookies and Starving Cyborgs: Sweetness on Film

Fortune Cookies and Starving Cyborgs: Sweetness on Film

| March 17, 2008 | 2 Comments

With SFIAAF 2008 in full swing, I’ve managed to munch popcorn with yeast for dinner more times than I care to admit during the past few days. And with another week of films ahead, it looks like I’m going to need to restock my supply of dental floss. Fortunately, it’s been worth it. Over the […]

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Bento Porn

Bento Porn

| January 26, 2008 | 0 Comments

On display through the wonderful internets are hundreds upon thousands of photographs of everyday lunches. No soggy PB&J’s here, though. One forum, the Mr. Bento Porn Flickr group, posts their collective creative efforts to make mid-day meals visually appealing, healthful, delicious and, yes, a little easier on the wallet. Their cousin site, Diet Bento, includes […]

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Jewish Delis: Eating at Schwartz’s and Saul’s

Jewish Delis: Eating at Schwartz’s and Saul’s

| December 15, 2007 | 2 Comments

The documentary film, Chez Schwartz, enjoyed a quiet if savory U.S. premier at the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center earlier this week. It has yet to be picked up for wider distribution, but keep an eye out for it. Or, if you can’t wait, order a DVD and see for yourself why this little “Charcuterie […]

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Sharing Food Among the Sikh

| October 6, 2007 | 4 Comments

Every year, on the first Sunday of November, tens of thousands of Sikh from across the U.S. and Canada travel to Yuba City for the largest gathering of their extended community in North America. It’s the only public festival I’ve seen in this country where not a single piece of food is sold, yet I […]

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Old San Francisco: Eating Through the Ages

| September 1, 2007 | 2 Comments

This week I scored big. In addition to finishing off a pint of burnt caramel ice cream I found a dusty but still strongly bound first edition of Laughter on the Hill, a book about a young woman who moved to San Francisco alone in the winter of 1940. (Grandmothers, 1955. Courtesy of San Francisco […]

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Vermont: Maple Creemees and Common Crackers

| July 8, 2007 | 0 Comments

Far from the golden hills of California, with endless lush stretches of forest and field, the Green Mountain State lives up to its name. My road trip continues, and this week I find myself heading toward the Northeast Kingdom. Along the way, near the shores of Lake Champlain, I’ve been enjoying two local treats. Faced […]

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Hong Kong Milk Tea

| April 15, 2007 | 4 Comments

A recent breakfast at T-28 Cafe in the Outer Sunset reminded me just how good a cup of hot, strong milk tea tastes on lazy weekend mornings. Although the richness of a well-aged pu-erh or the emerald sweetness of a spring shin-cha give me great pleasure as a tea drinker, neither have a place in […]

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Brain Food: Local Events & Exhibits

| March 18, 2007 | 1 Comment

In this age of Google and Wikipedia, it’s easy to forget the joy of getting lost for hours deep in the stacks of a three-dimensional library. To entice you back to these important anchors of our community, here’s a short list of culinary exhibits and events worth adding to your list of food adventures: READING […]

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