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How a White Lie Gave Japan KFC for Christmas

One cunning business maneuver created a tradition and saved a franchise.
December 13, 2019
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montana

For Sale: The Only Bar in a 14-Person Montana Town

You could own the busiest watering hole for miles.
December 5, 2019
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classes

Why President Coolidge Never Ate His Thanksgiving Raccoon

A tradition as American as apple pie, and older than the Constitution.
November 26, 2019
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gin

A South African Couple Has Turned Elephant Dung Into Award-Winning Gin

Bottoms up!
November 21, 2019
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feast

The Greatest Banquet in Chinese History That Never Was

How grilled ape, braised bear paw, and steamed camel hump came to symbolize national unity.
November 13, 2019
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cosmonauts

What Are a Dozen Bottles of Bordeaux Doing in Space?

It's for science, promise.
November 7, 2019
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dictator food projects

Hitler’s Secret Antarctic Expedition for Whales

Whales meant margarine, and margarine meant victory.
November 6, 2019
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silver

The Liquor-Soaked Devil Shrines of Bolivia's Deadliest Mine

In the heart of the Andes, Catholic miners also pray to satanic statues.
October 25, 2019
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malaysia

Italy's Only Malaysian Food Truck Draws an Unlikely Crowd: Italians

Justin Yip's satay is winning over nationalistic eaters.
October 17, 2019
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united states

America's 'Diner Man' Is Donating His Life’s Work to the Henry Ford Museum

Half a century of menus, matchboxes, and postcards finds a home.
October 10, 2019
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united kingdom

The Gaelic World’s Last Great Bird Hunt

Just 10 men are permitted to hunt and pickle 2,000 young seabirds on a desolate island each year.
September 27, 2019
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new jersey

Why Bear Fat Makes for Better Baking

This niche practice was commonplace in North America for centuries.
September 20, 2019
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Eat Like an English Peasant With This Medieval Cookbook

It makes peasant food pleasant.
September 12, 2019
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united states

How American Gunboat Diplomacy Helped Democratize Japanese Shaved Ice

One show of force had a cooling effect on Japanese summers.
September 5, 2019
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ninja

The World's First Piranha Ramen Is No Joke

It did start as one, though.
August 29, 2019
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dinner party

How a Banana-Chicken Casserole Defined Swedish Cuisine

The recipe for "Flying Jacob" was the improvised creation of an air-freight worker.
August 26, 2019
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peace

The Soup That Stopped a War

This two-ingredient dish allegedly halted religious conflict, and is still cherished today.
August 15, 2019
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moonshine

Scientists Distilled Moonshine With Rye Grown in Chernobyl's Dead Zone

The local grain tested positive for radioactivity.
August 12, 2019
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farms

Fresh Produce, Brought to You by Robots

A family-owned market in California is now selling robot-reared leafy greens.
August 8, 2019
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ireland

The Fruitcake Prison Break That Reshaped Irish History

You'll never guess this dessert's key ingredient.
August 1, 2019
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travel writing

The Pirate Who Penned the First English-Language Guacamole Recipe

William Dampier's food-writing firsts included the use of the words "barbecue" and "chopsticks."
July 26, 2019