Arts & Life

Arsenic In California Wines: Should Drinkers Be Concerned?

NPR | March 25, 2015

A recent lawsuit raised a red flag about traces of arsenic in some value-oriented California wines. But, by European and Canadian standards, the trace levels are acceptable.

Did That Restaurant Pass Its Health Inspection? Now Yelp Will Tell You

NPR | March 27, 2015

You might not see health inspection information until you're opening a restaurant's door. But if you're in New York and several other cities, you'll see it when you check out an eatery's Yelp page.

Was Your Seafood Caught By Slaves? AP Uncovers Unsavory Trade

NPR | March 27, 2015

Some of the seafood that winds up in American grocery stores, in restaurants, even in cat food, may have been caught by Burmese slaves, a yearlong investigation by The Associated Press finds.

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Musician Bibi McGill's Kale Chips Take Her From Super Bowl To Salad Bowl

OPB | Feb. 19, 2015 2:45 p.m.

Beyonce's lead guitarist hails from Portland, where she runs her own kale chip business. We visit Bibi McGill in her kitchen to learn more about her famous recipe.

Nation | Business | Environment | Food

Think Nobody Wants To Buy Ugly Fruits And Veggies? Think Again

NPR | March 26, 2015 2:42 p.m.

Remember that old movie trope, in which the mousy girl takes off her glasses to reveal she was a beauty all along? A similar scenario is playing out among food waste fighters in the world of produce.

World | Food | Arts

How Snobbery Helped Take The Spice Out Of European Cooking

NPR | March 26, 2015 8:22 a.m.

Complex, contrasting flavors are a hallmark of Indian cooking. They used to dominate Western food, too. What changed? When spices became less exclusive, Europe's elite revamped their cuisines.

World | Science | Environment | Food

Meet The Cool Beans Designed To Beat Climate Change

NPR | March 25, 2015 10:29 a.m.

Researchers in Colombia have created new types of beans that can withstand high heat. Many of these "heat-beater" beans resulted from a unique marriage, 20 years ago, of tradition and technology.

World | Food

Vanilla, Nutmeg Spice And Everything Nice On A Zanzibar Farm

NPR | March 25, 2015 6:21 a.m.

Three spices that grow on Zanzibar are so common they might be flavoring your morning cup of coffee. But vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg have very different origins.

Technology | Entertainment | World | Food | Arts

Koreans Have An Insatiable Appetite For Watching Strangers Binge Eat

NPR | March 24, 2015 7:10 a.m.

What's behind the curious food fad of mukbang, or live-streamed broadcasts of people eating endless amounts of food? The genre is so popular in South Korea that its stars pull in $10,000 a month.

Nation | Food | Science | Environment | Arts

Even Neil DeGrasse Tyson Is Now Munching On Bug Cuisine

NPR | March 23, 2015 1:27 p.m.

At an event to honor the modern-day science hero, $15,000 worth of edible insects were on the menu. So Tyson was willing — if not exactly eager — to explore the delicacies on offer. For science.

Entertainment | Food | Arts

Sandwich Monday: Burger King's YUMBO

NPR | March 23, 2015 11:57 a.m.

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the YUMBO. It's a Burger King sandwich with ham and cheese recently pulled out of retirement.

Business | World | Food | Arts

Liberte, Egalite, Gastronomie? France Rallies To Defend Its Food's Honor

NPR | March 23, 2015 11:31 a.m.

With fast food now a staple at home and Danish and Spanish chefs in the limelight, France's culinary supremacy is no longer a given. The government has launched a defense of French food traditions.

Food | Arts

Foraging In The Office Fridge: Petty Theft Or Public Service?

NPR | March 22, 2015 6:19 a.m.

A splash of milk for your coffee might pass, but helping yourself to a whole sandwich? Like any controversial office issue, the ethical lines that cut through the fridge aren't so clear.

Environment | World | Food | Health | Arts | Science

For The Love Of Pork: Antibiotic Use On Farms Skyrockets Worldwide

NPR | March 20, 2015 12:47 p.m.

For the first time, scientists have estimated how much antibiotics livestock consume globally — and how fast consumption is growing. Which country uses the most drugs on farms?


Cook It At Home

We visit the homes of some of the Portland-area's most notable chefs and food-industry entrepreneurs and watch how they prepare their favorite dishes.

OPB | Dec. 09, 2013