A Holy Land Christmas Porridge Honors A Damsel In Distress

NPR |Dec. 17, 2014 10:13 a.m.

Some Christians in Israel and the West Bank celebrate Eid el-Burbara on Dec. 17. The feast honors St. Barbara, an early convert to Christianity whose story is echoed in the Rapunzel tale.

Japan's Beloved Christmas Cake Isn't About Christmas At All

NPR |Dec. 16, 2014 2:28 p.m.

The Japanese Christmas Cake takes its name from the Christian holiday, but it actually symbolizes building a life of prosperity from nothing. And it's ubiquitous (it's even in your smartphone).

At Last, Muslims Can Savor A Halal Spin On Spain's Famous Jamon

NPR |Dec. 16, 2014 12:22 a.m.

Authentic jamón ibérico from free-range pigs fed on acorns is a key Spanish food that observant Muslims can't enjoy. But a Tunisian émigré is now making halal ham from lamb and beef in southern Spain.

The Risks, Rewards And Mysteries Of Reporting From Iran

NPR |Dec. 11, 2014 5:13 a.m.

Nazila Fathi covered Iran for The New York Times until she feared her arrest was imminent. She then fled her homeland. Her new book, The Lonely War, tells of the challenges of reporting on Iran.

Mexican Megafarms Supplying U.S. Market Are Rife With Labor Abuses

NPR |Dec. 10, 2014 7:02 a.m.

An investigation by the Los Angeles Times into labor camps on Mexican megafarms reveals appalling conditions. Reporter Richard Marosi says that U.S. consumers need to pressure retailers for change.

Cooking With Wilbur: Recipes From A South Indian Village

NPR |Dec. 04, 2014 5:45 a.m.

If you'd like to try pepper water (it's hot hot hot) or day-old rice (it tastes better than it sounds), we've got the scoop.

Mexican Chef Serves Up An Authoritative Guide To Her Country's Cuisine

NPR |Dec. 01, 2014 6:21 a.m.

Unlike other exhaustive guides to Mexico's diverse regional foods, Mexico: The Cookbook was written by a Mexican. Margarita Carrillo's recipes aim for simplicity to lure American readers to explore.

British Mystery Novelist P.D. James Dies At 94

NPR |Nov. 27, 2014 8:32 a.m.

The author of such books as The Black Tower was best-known for her series featuring Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh.

The 3-Bird Turducken Has Nothing On This 17-Bird Royal Roast

NPR |Nov. 21, 2014 9:03 a.m.

The Frenchman who was the world's first restaurant critic launched the world's first serial food journal in 1803. To wow readers, he offered a recipe for for rôti sans pareil, the roast without equal.

How Can We Find More Time To Be Still?

NPR |Nov. 21, 2014 6:21 a.m.

Pico Iyer says sitting still and reflecting is hard work, but we bring so much more to our experiences and relationships when we make time to think.

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