Food & Food Culture

12:35pm

Thu January 3, 2013
The Salt

Hold That Mini-Burger: Restaurants Forecast Food For 2013

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 7:42 am

Sliders. We're over them, the National Restaurant Association says.
Bob Ingelhart iStockphoto.com

Still ordering gazpacho and sliders at your favorite restaurant? Not pre-screening restaurant menus before you make a reservation? Well, hop in the DeLorean and set the chronometer to 2013: You're really behind the times.

Technology is in and bacon-flavored chocolate is out, says a recent survey of 1,800 chefs across the nation.

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8:59am

Thu January 3, 2013
The Salt

Apes Have Food, Will Share For A Social Payoff

Bonobos sharing food and friendship.
JingZhi Tan Duke University

People have been sharing food with strangers since ancient days, offering up the household's finest fare to mysterious travelers. Think Abraham and the three men of Mamre in the Bible and the folks who take in strangers after natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy. That deep tradition of generous hospitality has long been thought uniquely human.

If so, then bonobos, those gregarious African apes, may be more like us than we thought.

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8:01am

Wed January 2, 2013
The Salt

Docs Discover Drug-Spiked Eggplant Sent Beijing Diners To Hospital

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 9:49 am

Don't blame the braised eggplant. Two people reportedly poisoned a Beijing restaurant's eggplant dishes, similar to the one shown here, in an attempt to boost the business of a rival eatery.
yoppy Flickr.com

Here at NPR, we've heard about some wacky food scandals. There have been gingerbread houses harboring bad bacteria, turkeys trotting around with arsenic in their guts and a prison hooch that brewed up botulism.

But a recent report from China may take the cake –- or should we say, the eggplant.

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7:03am

Tue January 1, 2013
The Salt

Drinks, Diets And Meat: Hits Of 2012, Predictions For 2013

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 6:19 am

Some of The Salt's most popular posts of 2012 included coffee, pink slime and Downton Abbey.
Daniel Acker/Landov; Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011/Masterpiece; Adam Cole/NPR; Robyn Mackenzie/iStockphoto.com; Lass/Getty Images

As the new year begins, we here at The Salt are looking back at the food topics that got you talking in 2012, and pondering which conversations will continue in 2013. (And, like many of you, we're also firmly swearing off the holiday cookies.) So, instead, feast your eyes on this roundup of our top stories from the past 12 months:

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11:00am

Mon December 31, 2012
The Salt

Why We Toast: Uncorking A New Year's Tradition

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 11:42 am

A happy-looking 1930s couple toasts.
Fox Photos Getty Images

The act of toasting feels natural: You lift your arms in affirmation and drink in honor of an occasion or a loved one.

It's what millions will do this week as they ring in the New Year, but why? Like shaking hands or saluting, toasting is a habit with incredibly foggy beginnings, so we here at The Salt decided to dig into it, for the sake of science.

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