Mistura Food Fest Gives Peruvian Cuisine A Chance To Shine

NPR |Sept. 17, 2014 9:20 a.m.

Every September, top chefs from around the world gather to celebrate the diversity of Peruvian cuisine. But not everyone is convinced the food boom is the answer to the country's historic challenges.

'Language Of Food' Reveals Mysteries Of Menu Words And Ketchup

NPR |Sept. 15, 2014 2:11 p.m.

Linguist Dan Jurafsky uncovers the fishy origins of ketchup and how it forces us to rethink global history. He also teaches us how to read a menu to figure out how much a restaurant may charge.

Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn't

NPR |Sept. 11, 2014 9:34 a.m.

In many countries, eggs aren't refrigerated and they're still considered safe to eat. But in the U.S., we have to chill them, because we've washed away the cuticle that protects them from bacteria.

Chill Out, Pie-Makers. There's No Butter Shortage Looming

NPR |Sept. 04, 2014 1:27 p.m.

Butter prices are at their highest levels in years, and supplies are low. But it's not because Americans suddenly discovered that fat isn't evil. It's because other countries love our butter, too.

Russians React To Western Food Ban With Pride, Resignation

NPR |Sept. 04, 2014 7:34 a.m.

As NATO discusses the crisis in Ukraine this week, Russia's ban on Western imports of fresh food marches on. For now, Moscow's grocery shelves are still stocked, and citizens are stoic.

Ghanaian Mystery Writer Says, 'It's Easy To Get Murdered In Accra'

NPR |Sept. 01, 2014 4:55 a.m.

And, author Kwei Quartey adds, "The police may not find you for a little while." That's why he chose to set his second Detective Inspector Dawson book in Ghana's capital.

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.

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

NPR |Aug. 29, 2014 8:28 a.m.

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.

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.

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