The top source of vanilla beans sends its fragrant crop abroad for processing into extract. Now a former Peace Corps volunteer aims to boost Madagascar's economy by building a bean-to-bottle business.
NPR | Aug. 09, 2014 5:03 a.m.
The key to getting a good soft pretzel to brown properly is to dip it in a lye solution, the same stuff that's used to make soap. But a German mom insists it takes much more than that.
NPR | Aug. 05, 2014 4:03 p.m.
High-end restaurants featuring rock star chefs are starting to turn to tickets to stem the tide of no-shows. In the future, going out to eat could become a lot like going to a sold-out concert.
OPB | July 25, 2014 midnight
Bonnie Morales, chef and owner of Kachka, demonstrates how to make a zakuski dish: herring under a fur coat, a colorful layered salad.
OPB | July 17, 2014 midnight
A few months ago, Montana-based company Cup of Excellence opened offices in Portland with the aim of connecting with the city's rich coffee heritage.
OPB | July 07, 2014 midnight
Michael Twitty studies the intersection of food, culture and history in the colonial and antebellum South. Find out what it was like to prepare a traditional Southern meal for the Time Team America archaeologists.
NPR |Aug. 29, 2014 12:20 p.m.
There's no such thing as plain vanilla — at least if you're talking about beans from the vanilla orchid. Whether they're from Tahiti or Madagascar, vanilla can be creamy, spicy or even floral.
NPR |Aug. 28, 2014 2:09 p.m.
One in 10 packaged foods still contain trans fats, according to a new study. The problematic oils give foods a rich taste and texture and extend shelf life, but have been linked to heart disease.
NPR |Aug. 28, 2014 6:37 a.m.
Foster Farms has been accused of poisoning its customers with salmonella bacteria. But in recent months, the company has become a leader in the poultry industry's fight against the foodborne pathogen.
NPR |Aug. 27, 2014 2:40 p.m.
Some governments recently said that agricultural investments should supply "culturally appropriate food." Now they're trying to define what that is.
NPR |Aug. 27, 2014 10:19 a.m.
India wins praise for providing free lunches to 120 million of its poorest children. But lax supervision has led to lapses that have sickened and even killed youngsters.
NPR |Aug. 27, 2014 4:31 a.m.
Why do some cheeses melt and caramelize better than others? Researchers used high-tech cameras and special software to figure it out.
NPR |Aug. 26, 2014 3:39 p.m.
Colorado is rolling out regulations for the edible marijuana sector, including "emergency rules," which spell out serving sizes. But for now, most of the dosage education is falling to pot shops.
NPR |Aug. 26, 2014 10:40 a.m.
An immigrant who mastered the art of the Dominican-style cake is baking up a business in her New York City neighborhood. And she is spreading Caribbean culture along with her frosting.
NPR |Aug. 26, 2014 6:15 a.m.
Orange juice sales are at their lowest point in 10 years. Florida's citrus industry is reeling from a disease called "greening," while consumers face dozens of other choices in the supermarket aisle.
NPR |Aug. 25, 2014 11:21 a.m.
For this week's Sandwich Monday, we go off menu at a doughnut and fried chicken shop, and get a fried-chicken-on-a-doughnut sandwich.