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gender

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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nordic

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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pre-columbian

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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tribes

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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babies

Found: Milk Residue That Proves Ancient Europeans Used Cute-as-Heck Baby Bottles

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

Sold: Charles Dickens’s Liquor Log

Dickens spent the days before his death counting casks of whiskey.
September 26, 2019
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japan

The Japanese Ghost Town Buried Deep in a Canadian Forest

Archaeologists have dug up sake bottles and delicate rice bowls.
September 23, 2019
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service

When American Waitresses Were Labeled 'Women of Ill Repute'

The 400-year history of the restaurant industry's #MeToo moment.
September 16, 2019
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refugees

The Founder of America's Earliest Lesbian Bar Was Deported for Obscenity

Eve Adams was eventually murdered at Auschwitz.
September 3, 2019
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fishing

Found: Slime-Covered Notebooks Full of Conservation Data and Fish Scales

Century-old data paints a grim picture of salmon populations in British Columbia.
August 28, 2019
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diaspora

The Refugee Women Turning Tastes of Home Into a Food-Delivery Business

Fleeing conflict in Somalia, Afghanistan, and Iraq, they've created a rare melting pot in India.
August 20, 2019
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eat like a...

Eat Like Royalty With This Cookbook From the Emperor Who Built the Taj Mahal

Shah Jahan developed one of the most famous cuisines of India.
August 5, 2019
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marble

The Tuscan Town Famous for Anarchists, Marble, and Lard

Now gourmet, lardo di Colonnata once fed miners in Michelangelo's favorite quarries.
July 15, 2019
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pretzel

German Researchers Are Investigating the Science Behind Soft-Pretzel Scent

With help from a dedicated panel of pretzel-smelling experts.
June 27, 2019
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lesbian

The Scholar Mapping America's Forgotten Feminist Restaurants

Challenging patriarchy, one eatery at a time.
June 21, 2019
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communism

The Struggling Vineyards That Helped Inspire Karl Marx’s Communism

Boozed-up intellectuals of the world, unite.
June 13, 2019
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heirloom

After Hurricane Katrina, Home Gardeners Saved New Orleans' Iconic Squash

The Louisiana mirliton has survived revolution, industrial competition, and floods.
June 7, 2019