Kathy Del Tonto (far right) participates in a class that teaches school cafeteria workers how to prepare meals from scratch.
December 28, 2012 "If it's not me, who's it going to be?" asks Colorado school cafeteria manager Kathy Del Tonto. After serving processed foods in her cafeterias for years, she realized that reducing childhood obesity can begin with her. She now has the lunch ladies making 95 percent of meals from scratch.
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A detail of a map from Food: An Atlas that shows sources of food found at farmer's markets in Berkeley, California.
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November 28, 2012 The mapmakers have amassed some 80 maps for Food: An Atlas, ranging from surplus in Northeast Italy to meat production in Maryland. The goal is to spread information about various food systems so they can be adapted locally.
Still Life with Fruit and Nuts, by Robert Seldon Duncanson
Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington
November 22, 2012 According to poet Kevin Young, the best poems are like the best meals — they're made from scratch. Young has edited a new collection of poems that celebrate the pleasures of food, from "butter disappearing into whipped sweet potatoes" to oysters that taste like "starlight."
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STD cupcakes: From Two Little Cats Bakery in Cambridge & Hertfordshire, these chocolate cupcakes feature symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases, including gonorrhea, syphilis, genital warts, chlamydia and HIV.
Eat Your Heart Out 2012
October 28, 2012 Get an anatomical education through cakes, cookies, and cocktails. A British museum is hosting an anatomy-themed bake sale this weekend.
October 18, 2012 New research suggests that big-game hunting was part of our past for 2 million years. But according to commentator Barbara J. King, our history as meat-eaters can't explain why we find some animals delectable, like chickens and pigs, and eating others out of the question.
"The kitchen table was loaded with enough food to bury the family: hunks of salt pork, tomatoes, beans, even scuppernongs." (To Kill a Mockingbird)
September 20, 2012 What are scuppernongs? Scout's meal in To Kill a Mockingbird is just one of many re-created and captured by Dinah Fried.
In Oswego, N.Y., this summer, a child waited at a food distribution site.
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September 5, 2012 There was a slight increase in the number of households where lack of money or other resources made getting food difficult at times.
An urban farmer waters his plants near Bamako, Mali, where the government has set aside nearly 250 acres for market gardens.
August 31, 2012 As many as 40 percent of urban families in sub-Saharan Africa farm in household or commercial gardens. A survey from the United Nations finds that these urban farms, which feed millions of people each year, are in jeopardy if they're not protected during Africa's growth spurt.
Cashion Callaway serves the soup.
Courtesy of Malala Elston
August 22, 2012 Once a month Cashion Callaway makes a sit-down soup dinner for her community and teaches people about cooking and nutrition.
August 14, 2012 On today's show, we travel to Fairbury, Illinois. We meet three generations of farmers who tell us that, even without crop insurance, their farms would survive the drought.
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August 14, 2012 We found a 1918 menu from Delmonico's, a New York steakhouse. Here's what it taught us about the U.S. economy.
Chef Mino Massi and his son Robi prep food from Puglia at the Washington, D.C. convention center.
June 25, 2012 How do you cook regional food when you're 5,000 miles from home? Bring your own grano, and hope for a good farmer's market, according to one Italian chef who found himself stranded in D.C. without a few of his favorite ingredients.
June 8, 2012 Food is much cheaper than it was 30 years ago. We're spending more of our grocery money on processed foods. And other insights.
June 5, 2012 With an endorsement from first lady Michelle Obama for its effort, Walt Disney Co. said it is going to apply new standards to food ads aimed at children and their families during programming for kids. The goal: inspire healthier lifestyles.
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May 4, 2012 "We've gone to spots before where the falafel guys and the shish kebab guys will come up and say, 'What's your menu? Do you sell chicken? ... You can't sell chicken on this block. I'm the chicken guy on 52nd St.'"
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