Archive for the ‘food’ Category

Endangered Foods

July 24, 2019

The race to save endangered foods, a Vox video.

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How People Ate in Medieval England

May 30, 2019

 

“How People Ate in Medieval England,” a video exploration from Modern History TV by Jason Kingsley and Chris Carr.

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21st Century Bratwurst

May 28, 2019

Attention bratwurst fans: there’s a plant-based, beer-infused sausage with your name on it. Welcome to 2019.

Video: “First Bratwurst of Summer” by Those Darn Accordions

Those Darn Accordions website

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Mushrooms

April 26, 2019

Dan Sousa of Cook’s Illustrated looks at mushrooms. A video by America’s Test Kitchen.

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L.A. Foodie Explores NYC

April 4, 2019

L.A. Foodie Explores NYC

California food columnist Lucas Kwan Peterson explored Big Apple foodways in the April 1 edition of the Los Angeles Times:

“My first culinary encounter was with pizza, a mysterious kind of baked tlayuda, covered in macerated tomatoes and milk coagulation, and occasionally smothered with a type of thinly sliced lap cheong called pepperoni. The odd dish, sometimes referred to as a pie, washed ashore from Naples some years ago. While the taste takes some getting used to, pizza can be enchanting when done properly.”

— “For cramped New York, an expanding dining scene,” Lucas Kwan Peterson, Los Angeles Times

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Apples

March 21, 2019

SweeTango, Zestar, Rave, Cosmic Crisp, Evercrisp, Arctic, Kissabel, Envy. How do you like them apples?

A Vox video by Ellen Rolfes and Alexandra Cardinale.

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China: The People’s Heroic KFC

March 11, 2019

China: The People's Heroic KFC

Kentucky Fried Chicken has opened a new branch in honor of Lei Feng, a legendary model soldier in China’s People’s Liberation Army, in his hometown of Changsha, in Hunan province. The restaurant opened in time for Lei Feng Day, a national holiday when people are encouraged to show goodwill and lend a helping hand to others. Yum China plans to open 250 Lei Fang KFCs throughout Hunan.

More:

“Hunan KFC branch honors Lei Feng spirit,” Zhang Yangfei, Feng Zhiwei, and Wen Xinzheng, China Daily

“KFC turns to the image of a Communist hero to support its massive China expansion,” Mary Hui, Quartz

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Silent Cafés

February 7, 2019

“Since the 2011 opening of 1000 & 1 Signes, the first deaf-owned café in France, at least four other deaf-owned restaurants have followed. And France isn’t alone: Since 2016, more than a dozen such establishments have opened in Zagreb, Croatia; Cologne, Germany; London; Delhi; Cape Town, South Africa; Bangkok and Bogotá, Colombia.”

–“How Silent Cafes Serve Deaf Culture to the Hearing,” Fiona Zublin, Ozy

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America’s Big Fat Gift To The Middle East: Fast Food

February 5, 2019

America's Big Fat Gift To The Middle East: Fast Food

“Adult obesity rates in the US top 35% in some states. Meanwhile, the rate of obesity is 40% in Kuwait, 42% in Qatar, and 37% in the UAE, according to a 2016 report by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).”

” … one study cited by the EIU found Saudis aged 20–30 ate fast food on average three times or more per week. (Saudi Arabia took the 21st spot for the world’s highest BMI.) Saudis also get more than 30% of their sugar intake from soda, and in the UAE fast-food spending rose more than any other country in the world between 2000 and 2015, according to Euromonitor International.”

— “America’s obesity problem has spread to the Middle East,” Adam Rasmi, Quartz

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Ketchup

January 17, 2019

Why is ketchup so hard to pour? George Zaidan explains. Animation by TED-Ed.

Vaguely related:

“How Was Ketchup Invented?” Jasmine Wiggins, National Geographic

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