August 1, 2012 An 80s hairband and American cooking doyenne Julia Child are an unlikely combo, and yet, in this tribute video mash-up by our colleagues at WGBH, it works. Child would have turned 100 on August 15.
Five-time reigning champion Joey Chestnut, second from left, competes in Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating World Championship on July 4 this year.
August 1, 2012 Some argue competitive eating has all the markings of an Olympic sport — star players, corporate sponsorships, even ESPN coverage. But there have been no official bites yet.
August 1, 2012 Toss out the notion that tofu is a mere substitute for meat or eggs, and embrace the essence of the soybean. Making your own tofu isn't hard. And the results more than make up for the labor — yielding a vegan staple that can star on its own, lightly dressed, or as a base in recipes from snacks to desserts.
A Bhutanese farmer puts her harvest of chilies on the roof of a shed to dry and protect it from wild boars, deer, and monkeys in 2006.
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July 31, 2012 Bhutan wants to be the first country in the world to convert to a 100 percent agricultural system. Many farmers in Bhutan are already organic, which experts say should make the transition relatively easy.
July 31, 2012 The controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A has left some consumers wondering whether they should eat there or not. Ahead of "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" host Michel Martin speaks with ethicist Jack Marshall about the implications of spending decisions and what role businesses and political leaders have to play.
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July 31, 2012 We continue our conversation with Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell. Host Michel Martin asks if Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy's comments amount to hate speech.
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July 31, 2012 Host Michel Martin continues the conversation on the controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A restaurants. Many politicians have indicated the restaurants are not welcomed in their cities but Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell says city leaders have gone too far.
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July 31, 2012 The fast-food chain Chick-fil-A has landed in the middle of the same-sex marriage debate. The company's president has been heavily criticized by some people for comments he made against gay marriage. Now, some politicians from across the country are saying the company is not welcome in their towns. Host Michel Martin speaks with James Kenney, Philadelphia councilman-at-large about the controversy.
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The European hornet, or vespa crabro, helps make wine by kickstarting the fermentation process while the grapes are still on the vine.
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July 31, 2012 Don't swat away that buzzing wasp. It may help spread the yeast that starts the fermentation process in grapes while they're still on the vine. The yeast carried by the wasp give wine its complexity, scientists say.
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July 30, 2012 The Crunchwrap Supreme is, in the words of Taco Bell, engineered "for maximum portability." We gave the octagonal taco a try.
July 30, 2012 Okra is becoming more popular outside of the American South as chefs find ways to tame the vegetable's tendency to get slimy when cooked for long periods of time. Okra likely originated in Africa, and was brought to the U.S. by slaves.
There's evidence the first Olympic athletes ate cheesecake, but it probably looked a lot different than this.
July 30, 2012 Some food holidays are pure marketing, but at least this one has a bit of Olympic history behind it. Some of the first Olympians were said to have dined on cheesecakes, although they sound a bit different from cheesecakes today.
Nut brittles from the Las Cruces Candy Company are studded with pecans, pistachios and almonds, and infused with New Mexico's signature chili peppers — both green and red.
July 29, 2012 In Las Cruces, a candy shop whips up nut brittle made with red and green chili powder almost daily. Luis Flores' parents started in the candy business four decades ago. Today, you'll find his spicy brittle in farmer's markets and gift shops across the Southwest.
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Chef Cassy Vires uses heirloom tomatoes like these in her tomato terrine.
July 28, 2012 Delicious in everything from terrine to sorbet, the versatile tomato is one of the signature tastes of summer. Chef Cassy Vires, of Home Wine Kitchen in Maplewood, Mo., shares some of her favorite summer tomato recipes.
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A tunnel timeline showcasing the history of instant ramen at the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum in Osaka, Japan.
July 27, 2012 Curious about the history of currywurst? Searching for some facts about Spam? Unusual museums worldwide celebrate their favorite foods. And summer is a good time to check them out.
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