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Food / Dining

Classic Mulligatawny soup, a recipe featured in "The Soupbox Cookbook" by Jamie Taerbaum and Dru Melton. (Quarto Publishing)

Strategies for the Soup Pot: Famed Eatery Sparks Love of Mulligatawny

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The first time I had mulligatawny soup was at Herren’s Restaurant, an Atlanta landmark for more than 53 years, where I occasionally had lunch with my father. Herren’s, which was the place to be seen in the city, particularly if you were a mover and shaker, was owned and operated by Ed Negri, a civic minded restaurateur who was at the forefront of the city’s integration, and who led the fight to save the magnificent Fox Theater and other historically significant buildings. Negri opened his restaurant to blacks in 1963, the first downtown establishment to do so, and weathered a severe drop in business, picketing …

It’s So Easy to Make Your Own Concentrated Soup Base

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

We all love shortcuts to a good soup — and by “good,” I mostly mean one that has well-developed flavor, the kind that can sometimes take a little time. That’s why we buy bouillon cubes, why we make our own stocks and broths and freeze them, why we sock soup away in the …

Finding Links Between Flavor and Dirt

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

“Let’s go dig a hole!” Ernest “Bubba” Beasley grabbed an auger and led the way along the vine rows. We were at Pollak Vineyards in Greenwood, Va., west of Charlottesville, on a sweltering summer day last July. Beasley, a geologist, and Lucie Morton, a viticulturist, wanted to show me their research on the relationship of vineyard soils to wine quality. And that meant …

A Chef’s Favorite Holiday Cookie

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

For someone who has concocted, and named, a compost cookie and crack pie, Christina Tosi of Washington, D.C.’s Milk Bar has a surprisingly simple holiday go-to cookie. It’s the one that she brings every year to her staff’s …

Nation’s ‘Food Deserts’ Still Barren analysis finds

Sunday, December 13, 2015

St. Louis — As part of Michelle Obama’s healthy eating initiative, a group of major food retailers promised in 2011 to open or expand 1,500 grocery or convenience stores in and around neighborhoods with no supermarkets by 2016. …

New Cookbooks Spotlight Nordic Cuisine

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

As new books pile up on my desk each fall, in the predictable publishing rite that anticipates holiday buying, there are always surprises. This year was no exception as seven — yes, seven — cookbooks on Nordic cuisine …

Calif. High Court OKs Organic Labeling Lawsuits

Sunday, December 6, 2015

San Francisco — Consumers have a right to file lawsuits under California law alleging food products are falsely labeled “organic,” the state Supreme Court ruled. Last week’s ruling overturned a lower court decision that barred such suits on the grounds that they were superseded and not allowed by …

E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Chipotle Now in 9 States

Sunday, December 6, 2015

New York (ap) — An outbreak of E. coli linked to Chipotle has expanded to nine states, with a total of 52 people being sickened. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday there were seven additional illnesses, including in three more states — Illinois, Maryland and …

Writer Asks Agriculture Experts: How Do We Fix Our Food System?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

I have a theory. It’s a theory about why we’re having such a misguided, unconstructive discussion about several hot-button food-related issues, GMOs first among them. It begins with the premise that our food supply has some very big …

A Pox on the Thanksgiving Bird?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Before the two of us waste too much time on the subject, I ask J. Kenji López-Alt, the respected managing culinary director for the website Serious Eats, how much experience he has with pop-up timers. He says he …

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 …

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 …

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 …