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At ZJ Farm in Solon, Iowa, Susan Jutz, left, walks with her friend and mentor of Kate Edwards, right, of Wild Woods Farms. Once the plants get big enough at ZJ Farm Edwards transplants them to Wild Woods. Dana Damewood/Courtesy of Agate Publishing hide caption

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Chef, cookbook author and owner of Washington, D.C.'s Restaurant Nora, Nora Pouillon, in the restaurant's garden. Courtesy of Noras.com hide caption

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What's inside artisanal looking bottles may be startlingly close — and in cases exactly the same — to bourbon produced in big batches. Mike McCune/Flickr hide caption

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Ran Duan will represent the U.S. at the Bacardi Global Legacy Cocktail Competition in Sydney on April 28. Daniel A. Gross hide caption

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Pappy Van Winkle bourbons at Bourbons Bistro in Louisville, Ky. The spirit was pricey even before a heist at the distillery. Noah Adams/for NPR hide caption

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Chef Homaro Cantu holds a tomato in the kitchen of his Chicago restaurant Moto in 2007. Haute cuisine and extreme science collided in the kitchen of Chef Cantu, who took his own life Tuesday. Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Chef Andrew Gerson of Brooklyn Brewery organized a dinner party featuring ingredients used by Dutch settlers and Native Americans living in 1650s New York City. Courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery hide caption

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Central Michigan University has announced a new certificate program in "fermentation science," and James Holton's company, Mountain Town Station Brewing Co., will help give CMU students hands-on brewing experience. Steve Jessmore/Central Michigan University via AP hide caption

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The launch of Mighty Mini Meals has been so successful that other food manufacturers are now rolling out doll-scale packaged foods, like this tiny hamburger. iStockphoto hide caption

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A 16th century woodcut shows the interior of a kitchen. In medieval Europe, cooks combined contrasting flavors and spices in much the same way that Indian cooking still does today. Paul Lacroix/Wikimedia hide caption

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