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The Chef Bringing Native American Flavors to Communities in Quarantine

For Brian Yazzie, the COVID-19 pandemic evokes a history of smallpox, European colonization, and indigenous resilience.
March 27, 2020
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How New Orleans Made a Medieval Sicilian Tradition Its Own

St. Joseph protects communities during times of sickness and famine.
March 18, 2020
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sake

The Sake Master Reviving a Long-Forgotten Local Rice

Hiroshima's heirloom hattanso lay dormant for a century.
March 3, 2020
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domestication

On the Hunt for the Wild Relatives of America's Favorite Produce

Popular crops’ untamed cousins are genetic gold mines, but they're at risk of disappearing.
February 24, 2020
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How Ancient Tooth Plaque Solved the Mystery of the Banana's Trans-Pacific Journey

3,000-year-old microparticles prove the fruit traveled across the ocean with early Pacific Islanders.
February 17, 2020
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Australian Wildfires Uncovered Hidden Sections of a Huge, Ancient Aquaculture System

The Gunditjmara have been building an eel-farming system at the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape for more than 6,000 years.
February 6, 2020
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The Culinary Legacy of Brooklyn's First Free Black Community

Weeksville residents set a precedent of self-determination that is still visible at Brooklyn restaurants.
February 4, 2020
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gender

The Chocolate-Brewing Witches of Colonial Latin America

The Inquisition persecuted women who used cacao to entice lovers and spurn enemies.
January 27, 2020
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Eat Like a 1970s Radical With 'The People's Philadelphia Cookbook'

The 1976 book included contributions from the Black Power and Gay Liberation movements.
January 24, 2020
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How Aboriginal Hunting and 'Cool Burns' Prevent Australian Wildfires

The current crisis has pushed the country to consider cultural burning.
January 14, 2020
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easter

Easter Island's Monoliths Made the Crops Grow

By quarrying rock for the statues, the people of Rapa Nui fertilized the soil.
January 8, 2020
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pre-columbian

Solved: The Mystery of an Ancient Maya Massacre

Clues about the victims’ diet cracked the case.
December 18, 2019
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sake

The Return of Japan’s Female Sake Brewers

Pushed out of brewing more than a century ago, they're making a comeback.
December 10, 2019
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Copenhagen Wants You to Forage on Its City Streets

It’s part of a movement to introduce local foods to Danish diets.
December 3, 2019
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algae

China’s Dead Sea Is a Visual Feast

Yuncheng Lake is one of the country's oldest salt-production sites.
November 27, 2019
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How to Feed a Megacity Like the Aztecs

The chinampas that nourished Tenochtitlan may hold the key to better urban gardens.
November 18, 2019
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immigration

Tour Honolulu's Japanese Food Scene With This 1906 Map

More than a century ago, Takei Nekketsu mapped Japanese-owned businesses for recent immigrants.
November 15, 2019
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columbian exchange

A Pirate Botanist Helped Bring Hot Chocolate to England

William Hughes was a buccaneer with an early recipe for “the American Nectar.”
November 14, 2019
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sanitation

Why an 1875 Map Imagined the U.S as a Giant Hog

New York is the nose, Alaska the tail, and Cuba is a giant sausage. 
October 28, 2019
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aquaculture

Canadians Were Better at Clamming 3,500 Years Ago

New research has found that indigenous clam gardens are more productive than current practices.
October 21, 2019
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pests

Solved: The Mysterious Origins of Your Coffee's Worst Nightmare

Researchers inspected 18,667 plant specimens to track down a caffeine-eating beetle.
October 14, 2019
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silk road

The Gobi Desert Is a Red Sea of Chili Peppers

They dry in the sun every autumn in China's Uyghur Autonomous Region.
October 9, 2019
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The Restaurant Putting India's Disappearing Tribal Cuisine Back on the Menu

In a Ranchi kitchen, local women fight to save indigenous food, one bowl of fish curry at a time.
October 3, 2019
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Found: Milk Residue That Proves Ancient Europeans Used Cute-as-Heck Baby Bottles

The clay vessels are shaped like mythical animals.
October 1, 2019