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This Is Not A Parody: An NPR Story About Homemade Vegetable Broth

NPR | Aug. 24, 2015

Yeah, we know, it sounds like a joke. But Cuban-born chef Bren Hererra's method totally won us over. Her secret? Don't throw anything out.

Guzzling History With 'The Comic Book Story Of Beer'

NPR | Aug. 18, 2015

A new illustrated history explores beer's journey from the cradle of agriculture, to the rise and fall of Ancient Rome, to the modern-day craft beer heyday.

Equal Parts Memoir, Cookbook And Lit-Crit, 'Voracious' Tells Delicious Stories

NPR | Aug. 16, 2015

Through recipes and biographical vignettes, author Cara Nicoletti's new book brings literature to life. Nicoletti tells NPR's Rachel Martin that food has always been part of her reading.

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Unfolding The History Of Napkin Art

NPR | Aug. 13, 2015 9:57 a.m.

The simple napkin has a surprisingly complex history. The masterful table centerpieces of the Renaissance were rich in status and meaning.

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The Art Of Drinking Absinthe, The Liquor Of Aesthetes

NPR | Aug. 12, 2015 11:09 a.m.

Absinthe was a favorite of artists like Picasso and Van Gogh. Perhaps that explains why a complex ritual rose around drinking it, spawning some of the most beautiful alcohol paraphernalia around.

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'Bespoke Water' Video Pokes Fun At Earnest Artisanal Food Makers

NPR | Aug. 5, 2015 11:33 a.m.

To sell your artisanal products in Brooklyn these days, you need a good story. Meet the Timmy Brothers, a fictional Brooklyn pair who have "a thirst for helping people become less thirsty."

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Artists Transform Coffee Spills Into Masterpieces

NPR | July 30, 2015 7:18 p.m.

Ever splashed yourself with coffee? Then you know its staining powers. But where some see a ruined shirt, others have found a canvas.

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Me-Tea-Morphosis: Tea Bags Get Second Life As Works Of Art

NPR | July 28, 2015 1:33 p.m.

Artists are reinventing the humble tea bag, letting its contents and simple shape and color shine in beautiful, fragile art. Some are even farming out the tea drinking to get to the used bags.

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Put That Wok To Work: A Trick For Smoking Fish Indoors

NPR | July 26, 2015 11:09 a.m.

Smoking fish usually requires a pricey smoker or other specialized gear. But you can get great smokey flavor with just a wok, some foil and a quick raid of the pantry.

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Tea-Infused Sweets: Chocolate + Jasmine Tea Is A Match Made In Heaven

NPR | July 7, 2015 1:23 p.m.

Smoky and floral brews can provide a kick of flavor to desserts, especially when blended with chocolate. Pastry chef Naomi Gallego shows us a few tricks for surprising the palate with tea.

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New Nation, New Cuisine: The First Cookbook To Tackle 'American Food'

NPR | July 3, 2015 9:45 a.m.

The first American cookbook, published in 1796, promised local food and a kind of socioculinary equality.

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Do Try This At Home: Hacking Ribs — In The Pressure Cooker

NPR | July 1, 2015 8:59 a.m.

Tender, smoky, fall-off-the-bone ribs can take three or four hours to make the traditional way. But Baltimore chef Shirlé Koslowski uses a pressure cooker to get all that flavor in only an hour.

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Do Try This At Home: Hacking Chicken Sous Vide

NPR | June 25, 2015 11:28 a.m.

Sous-vide makes meat moist and flavorful, but can take up to 96 hours, not to mention a $500 machine. Chef Christina Tosi shares a technique she uses to cheat in her home kitchen: the "Bird in a Bag."