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What Would Julia Child Do? Jacques Pepin Says: Add More Butter

NPR | Oct. 03, 2015

In a conversation with NPR's Scott Simon, Jacques Pepin reflects on his extraordinary 60-year career, his dear friend Julia Child and how not to let good cheese leftovers go to waste.

How Twitter And Cooking Saved Ruth Reichl After 'Gourmet' Folded

NPR | Sept. 28, 2015

Food writer Ruth Reichl has a new cookbook called My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life. It describes how she found her voice after Conde Nast shut down Gourmet, where she was the editor.

Keeping Loved Ones' Holiday Recipes Alive, Long After They've Left The Table

NPR | Sept. 22, 2015

NPR's Marc Silver lost his mother-in-law in 2005. But she remains a presence at family meals this Jewish holiday season, through his dogged trial-and-error attempts to re-create her favorite treats.

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The Jewish Fruitcake: Honey Cake Is A Sweet And Stodgy Tradition

NPR | Sept. 13, 2015 8:57 p.m.

In symbolic hope for a sweet new year, many Jews will mark the start of Rosh Hashanah with honey cake. The cake is sentimental, but not always beloved. Here, a delectable update to the ancient recipe.

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Alice Waters, Healthy Food Advocate, Receives Humanities Medal

NPR | Sept. 11, 2015 3:49 p.m.

President Obama awarded chef and author Alice Waters with the National Humanities Medal on Thursday. The advocate of sustainable eating explains what it means to have her work recognized this way.

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WATCH: I'll Have What These Pigs Are Having

NPR | Sept. 6, 2015 9:10 a.m.

Pigs lucky enough to be born in the backyard of a chef are raised on gourmet slop. In the peak of summer, that can mean a feast of heirloom tomatoes.

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Open Your Eyes To The Infinite Possibility Of The Tomato

NPR | Sept. 4, 2015 2:57 p.m.

How do you transform 100 pounds of 60 varieties of tomatoes into a seven-course meal? It may sound like a math problem, but it's more of a creative journey into the infinite possibility of the tomato.

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Why Are We Drawn To Heirloom Fruits And Veggies? They're 'Edible Memory'

NPR | Sept. 4, 2015 11:01 a.m.

Heirloom foods have grown in popularity, making their way into gardens, farms, farmers markets and restaurants. A sociologist says they offer a powerful emotional and physical connection to the past.

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For Centuries, People Have Searched For Answers In The Bottom Of A Tea Cup

NPR | Sept. 1, 2015 1:51 p.m.

The practice of reading tea leaves had its heyday during Victorian times, when fascination with the occult and self-analysis thrived. It was safer than other forms of divination, and persists today.

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

NPR | Aug. 24, 2015 11:28 a.m.

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.

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Guzzling History With 'The Comic Book Story Of Beer'

NPR | Aug. 18, 2015 6:23 a.m.

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.

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

NPR | Aug. 16, 2015 6:34 a.m.

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.