A Peace Corps Stint In Madagascar Gave Him A Vision of Vanilla

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.

For A Proper Pretzel Crust, Count On Chemistry And Memories

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.

No More Reservations: Exclusive Restaurants Require Tickets Instead

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.

Cook It At Home: Bonnie Morales' Herring Under A Fur Coat

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.

Non-Profit Coffee Company Looking To Share The Perfect Cup

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.

Culinary Historian Michael Twitty On The Politics & Power Of Food

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.

Real Vanilla Isn't Plain. It Depends On (Dare We Say It) Terroir

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.

When Zero Doesn't Mean Zero: Trans Fats Linger In Food

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.

How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella

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.

Diplomats And Lawyers Try To Define 'Culturally Acceptable Food'

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.

Lizards And Worms Should Not Be On The School Lunch Menu

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.

Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese

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.

Colorado's Pot Brownies Now Come With Instructions

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.

Bronx Baker Turns Dominican Cakes Into A Sweet American Dream

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.

The 'Greening' Of Florida Citrus Means Less Green In Growers' Pockets

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.

Sandwich Monday: The Do-Rite Fried Chicken Doughnut Sandwich

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.

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