Food & Food Culture

1:34pm

Wed August 15, 2012
The Salt

Saving Lives In Africa With The Humble Sweet Potato

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 9:26 am

Sweet potato evangelist Maria Isabel Andrade from the International Potato Center drives around Mozambique in her orange Toyota Land Cruiser.
Dan Charles NPR

A regular old orange-colored sweet potato might not seem too exciting to many of us.

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12:14pm

Wed August 15, 2012
The Salt

President Obama's Tour Bus Rolls With White House Home Brew

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 9:27 am

President Barack Obama gets a beer and a pork chop as he visits the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Earlier, the president gave a man at a coffee shop a bottle of the White House's home brew.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

It seemed normal enough when President Obama chatted with a coffee shop patron about beer in Iowa Tuesday. The president has shown he's a fan of beer — and it's the most politically expedient, "everyman" beverage a candidate can drink. But then the president told a man at Knoxville, Iowa's Coffee Connection cafe that he travels with his own home-brew — and gave him a bottle to prove it.

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7:53am

Wed August 15, 2012
The Salt

Daily Dose Of Dark Chocolate May Help Lower Blood Pressure

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 9:28 am

Dark chocolate — it's delicious, and it may be good for your blood pressure.
Janine Lamontagne iStockphoto.com

We realize the skinny on chocolate seems too good to be true, but there have been positive signs lately that a bit of the sweet stuff is OK.

A few months back we reported on a study that found a regular chocolate habit — in moderation, of course — may be good for the waistline.

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3:17pm

Tue August 14, 2012
The Salt

Sneaking A Bite During Ramadan's Long, Hot Days

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:01 am

Palestinians order food at a coffee shop in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday.
Tara Todras-Whitehill Tara Todras-Whitehill for NPR

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan has fallen on the longest and hottest days of the year, which means up to 15 hours of fasting in soaring temperatures.

This seems to have increased the number of Muslims who aren't fully observing the fast, and may be sneaking a bite or a drink — though no one wants to say so on the record.

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11:18am

Tue August 14, 2012
Planet Money

What A Very Old Menu Tells Us About The Price Of Steak

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 9:08 pm

Matt Sayles Associated Press

Delmonico's, the New York City steakhouse, has been around forever.

The New York Public Library's archival menu collection doesn't go back quite that far. But it does have a Delmonico's menu from 1918. The archive also, sort of randomly, has a Delmonico's menu from 1988. Delmonico's current menu is online.

One item that's on all three menus: filet mignon.

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