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Thanksgiving Staples Could Cost a Bit More

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Minneapolis — Bird flu took a bite out of the turkey supply. Heavy rain washed out the pumpkin crop. Yet Thanksgiving groceries likely won’t cost Americans much more than last year, and nobody should have to miss gobbling down their favorite holiday foods. The holiday season perennially generates stories about some items being in short supply or dramatically pricier, but markets have a way of balancing themselves out, particularly around …

Genetically Engineered Salmon Ok’d by FDA

Friday, November 20, 2015

Washington — What’s for dinner? Before long, it may well be genetically modified salmon, the first such altered animal cleared for human consumption in the United States. Critics call it “frankenfish,” but the Food and Drug Administration granted its approval on Thursday, saying the faster-growing salmon is safe to eat. It could be …

Food Writer Turns to E-Commerce

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

In September, Mark Bittman, the well-known food writer, authored his last column for The New York Times. After five years covering food issues as a columnist for the paper, he was leaving to embark on a new and undisclosed adventure. Now the details have emerged. This month, Purple Carrot, a vegan meal kit delivery service, which ships pre-measured ingredients and recipes, announced that …

New Produce Rules Aim at Preventing Illness Outbreaks

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Washington — The U.S. government on Friday outlined new produce safety rules designed to help prevent large-scale, deadly outbreaks of foodborne illness like those linked to fresh spinach, cantaloupes, cucumbers and other foods over the last decade. Under the rules, the Food and Drug Administration soon will have …

Author Celebrates 200 Years of African-American Cookbooks

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Toni Tipton-Martin was a food writer at the Los Angeles Times when she gazed at the cookbooks in the newspaper’s test kitchen and wondered: “Where are all the black cooks?” She decided to find out. Now, after years …

Book Features Famous Pullman Chef

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Rufus Estes was an African-American chef living in Chicago who published his own cookbook in 1911 titled Good Things to Eat, as Suggested by Rufus. The book, “a collection of practical recipes for preparing meats, games, fowl, fish, puddings, pastries, etc.,” gave Estes the opportunity to share many …

Duck Offers More Than A L’Orange

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

If you love the particular richness of duck — it’s more assertive than the blank canvas of chicken — but you’ve never tried to tackle it at home, it’s not as hard as you might think. Shop for …

How Do You Grow A 2,000-Pound Pumpkin? It’s Not Easy

Friday, October 23, 2015

Coventry, R.I. — Ron Wallace grows pumpkins nearly the size of a Fiat. From the pumpkin patch in his Rhode Island backyard, Wallace has become the rock star of giant pumpkin-growing. He was the first person in the …

The Oyster Is Their World

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Durham, n.h. — From seeding to slurping, what gets served on the half shell is not even half the story when it comes to New Hampshire oysters. A major effort is underway here and elsewhere along the East …

Chowhound’s Online Patrons Head for the Door

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Started in 1997, an entire generation ago, Chowhound was a food website for the interested, the like-minded and the obsessive, where you could discuss the latest Burmese restaurant in your city, the best sushi chefs and local spots for a great bowl of barbacoa. It’s a cultish site, …

New York City Art Exhibition Gives Food for Thought

Thursday, October 15, 2015

New York — There’s a whole lot of food for thought at a new art exhibition in New York City. “The Value of Food: Sustaining a Green Planet” explores food production and access, environmental and agricultural sustainability and related issues. The multimedia exhibition opened last week at the …

Busy Nights Call for Fast Food, But No Drive-Thru Is N eeded

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

School, kids, work... It’s always something. Whatever the culprit, we are all busy. And on those crazy-busy days, dinner can sneak up on me, and suddenly I find my whole family ravenous. And the busier and more hectic …

Paul Prudhomme Championed Local Food Before It Was Cool

Saturday, October 10, 2015

New Orleans — At K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen during the early 1980s, chef and owner Paul Prudhomme would drive to his hometown near Opelousas in his pickup truck and come back loaded down with supplies reflecting his native Cajun …