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ham

Sold: A Country Ham for $1 Million

Hogging the limelight at the Kentucky State Fair.
August 29, 2019
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train stations

The Exquisite Boxed Meals of Japan’s Train-Station Kiosks

Ekiben offers a taste of the country's regional delicacies.
June 25, 2019
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orchards

Meet the Man on a Quest to Document Every Apple in North America

And the mammoth book he wrote about it.
June 18, 2019
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grapes

Manhattan’s Only Vineyard Creeps Up an Upper East Side Brownstone

Only friends and family can visit Chateau Latif.
June 11, 2019
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memory

The Extraordinary ‘Cookbooks’ Left Behind by Prisoners of War and Concentration Camp Victims

Their culinary legacies, written on scraps of paper or fabric, tell stories of hope and resistance.
June 5, 2019
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beauty

This Cake Artist Makes Confectionery Look Like Classical Paintings

Julie Simon’s sugar flowers are edible horticultural wonders.
May 28, 2019
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microbes

These Dairy Devils Are Making Cheese From Celebrities' Bacteria

Aged, ripe, and not for consumption.
May 14, 2019
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rice

How an Ancient Indian Art Utilizes Mathematics, Mythology, and Rice

Computer scientists have studied these “pictorial prayers.”
May 7, 2019
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bananas

To Cope With a Wartime Banana Ban, British Home Cooks Made 'Mock Bananas'

They weren't appealing.
April 30, 2019
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hot chocolate

This Restaurant Has Wed Six Couples in Pools of Chocolate

Desserted at the altar.
April 23, 2019
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dates

Before the Music Festival, Coachella Valley Promoted Itself With an Arabian Fantasy

Celebrating the local date industry involved a Queen Scheherazade beauty pageant, vendors in veils, and a Taj Mahal.
April 16, 2019
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curry

The Subversive, Surprising History of Curry Powder

One of India’s most popular gastronomic exports tells a tale of empire.
April 9, 2019
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laboratories

Inside IKEA’s Laboratory of Futuristic Foods

Assemble and enjoy bug burgers, mealworm meatballs, and algae hot dogs.
April 2, 2019
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paintings

Why the USDA Hired Artists to Paint Thousands of Fruits

Researchers and a Twitter bot use them today.
March 26, 2019
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ants

Scientists Are Fighting Fire (Ants) With Wasabi

What’s good for the sushi is not good for the Solenopsis invicta.
March 19, 2019
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cookbooks

Alexandre Dumas’s Magnum Opus Was a Massive Cookbook

The French literary icon thought this 1,150-page compendium on cookery would be his masterpiece.
March 12, 2019
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snacks

The Oddly Named Energy Bar That Rocketed to the Moon

Pillsbury designed Space Food Sticks for astronauts before launching them in grocery stores.
March 6, 2019
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food art

This Assortment of Candy Art Includes a Giant, Illuminated Gummy Bear

Bear in mind, it's not actually edible.
February 13, 2019
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journalism

Japan's Most Interesting Newspaper Is for Recluses, by Recluses

Fed up with sensationalized portrayals, the country's hikikomori are reclaiming their narrative.
February 12, 2019
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dairy

Farmers Are Making Bespoke Milk for Coffee Art

High fat, protein-rich dairy produces better foam and tastier coffee.
February 6, 2019
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french fries

Charming Crochet Versions of Fish, Fries, and Other Foods

Kate Jenkins’s delicacies often look better than the real thing.
January 21, 2019
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men

The Fat Men's Clubs That Revelled in Excess

In 19th-century America, cultural anxieties led to groups where fat was fun.
January 17, 2019
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sugar

Your Christmas Tree Could Be Recycled Into Sugar

Researchers hope for a zero-waste alternative to landfills.
January 11, 2019
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tomatoes

Scientists Are Using CRISPR to Make Spicy Tomatoes

The fruit could soon look and taste more like chili peppers.
January 10, 2019