Food & Food Culture

9:47am

Mon April 30, 2012
The Salt

Cracking The Code: Making Vegan Cheese Taste Cheesier

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 11:37 am

Ready to swap these for the vegan kind?
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Cheese is a staple of many diets and, let's face it, it makes us happy. But sometimes we worry about the fat and calories it contains. Add this little guilt trip, plus a rise in veganism over the past few years and an increase in reported allergies to milk and soy, and now you've got a ripening market for cheese alternatives.

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4:32am

Sun April 29, 2012
Author Interviews

'Hot Dog' Meets 'Bun': Famous Food Discoveries

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 10:31 am

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If you're watching a sports game at home, at a bar or at an arena, what better way to enjoy it than with some nachos, pretzels or hot dogs?

As a former baseball player, Josh Chetwynd knows a thing or two about stadium grub. His new book, How the Hot Dog Found Its Bun: Accidental Discoveries and Unexpected Inspirations That Shape What We Eat and Drink, features 75 short essays that trace the history of popular food and dispel common misconceptions.

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4:20pm

Fri April 27, 2012
The Salt

Taming Those Wild, Stinging Backyard Greens Into Dinner

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 10:22 am

Leah Lizarondo. with her hands covered in plastic bags, gathers stinging nettles.
Larkin Page-Jacobs for NPR

On a chilly grey morning I come across a big, lush patch of nettles in a Pittsburgh park. Leah Lizarondo, the food writer who brought me here, has her hands wrapped in old plastic bread bags.

Those bags are crucial because touching stinging nettles with your bare hands can be pretty unpleasant. "It's like something pricked you, like a little ant bit you, and then it starts being a little painful," said Lizarondo.

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1:56pm

Thu April 26, 2012
The Salt

Nutella Maker May Settle Deceptive Ad Lawsuit For $3 Million

The fact that Nutella's parent company, Ferrero, is known for its chocolates might be a tip-off that the sweet hazelnut spread isn't exactly "health" food.
STEFANO RELLANDINI Reuters /Landov

11:26am

Thu April 26, 2012
The Salt

Your 'Food Porn' Verdict? Keep The Photos Coming

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 6:25 am

NPR's Keith Jenkins has been known to document an especially tasty meal, like this pho tai from Pho DC.
Keith Jenkins NPR

Snarky comedians who mock people who share food photos on Facebook and Twitter (see this video) may be good for a chuckle, but they don't have the will of the people behind them.

That's what we've learned from our online survey this week, which asked: "Are your friends bombarding you with 'food porn'?"

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