Beenish Ahmed writes that her mother's roti is at the core of most of the family's meals.
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June 15, 2014 Cooking helps Tahira Ahmed connect her new country and her homeland. But for her first-generation American daughter, the mixture of food, family and identity is fraught with worries and expectations.
April 14, 2014 What we think about food may change how our bodies respond to it. Sip what you think is a rich milkshake, and your body acts as if you've had a fatty treat, even if it's really a lower-calorie drink.
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April 7, 2014 Patients undergoing chemotherapy need to eat to stay strong. But the drugs can cause nausea and damage taste buds. New flavors and spices can help a lot, a chef says.
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The controversial burger, which comes with an unconsecrated communion wafer, at the Kuma's Corner restaurant in Chicago.
October 4, 2013 Kuma's Corner, a Chicago eatery, says the dish is in honor of a Swedish heavy metal band that dresses in religious robes. Critics say it makes a mockery of something that is holy to Catholics and many other Christians.
Kreplach, a special Jewish holiday dish that can be made essentially out of leftovers.
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September 13, 2013 Jews across the world are sitting down to a big meal before Friday's Yom Kippur fast. And many of them are eating kreplach. Some say these strange-sounding-yet-good-tasting dumplings are a holiday meditation on our inner and outer selves. Or maybe they're just a delicious example of the peasant cooking of Eastern Europeans.
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Late nights lead people to eat more.
June 28, 2013 People who were forced to stay up until the wee hours in a sleep lab ate food packing more than 500 extra calories. For people who regularly miss out on sleep, these late-night calories can really add up.
Wrigley took its new Alert Energy Caffeine Gum off the market after it prompted FDA scrutiny of caffeinated foods.
May 9, 2013 No caffeinated chew for you! The Wrigley Company pulled its Alert Energy caffeinated gum off the market after the product roused concern from the Food and Drug Administration.
The Dutch Haven restaurant and gift shop in Ronks, Pa. Color postcard, circa 1955.
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May 6, 2013 The Pennsylvania Dutch didn't invent the whoopie pie and other dubious tourist fare. Instead, they developed a complex, largely unknown cuisine that reflects the pressures and possibilities of becoming American.
Amazon Fresh delivery man Tim Wilkie totes food to a house on Mercer Island, Wash.
May 2, 2013 Getting groceries delivered may be the easiest environmentally friendly thing you've ever done, new research says. Think of it as your food taking mass transit.
Wrigley says its new Alert Energy Caffeine Gum gives consumers the power to control how much caffeine they get.
April 30, 2013 Wrigley's new caffeinated gum has raised eyebrows at the FDA, which is worried about the potential health impacts on children and teens.
Spices are common targets for food fraudsters.
March 26, 2013 Spices colored with carcinogens? Milk that "never saw a cow"? A free global database opens the door on the many ways that people adulterate or fake food.
The more tired I am, the better this looks.
March 11, 2013 Less sleep equals more eating, according to a rigorous new study. People who slept just five hours a night burned more energy but also ate more — so much more that they gained almost 2 pounds in less than a week.
The facade of Noma in Copenhagen. More than 60 diners complained of nausea and diarrhea after eating at the widely acclaimed restaurant last month.
March 11, 2013 While its true that noroviruses are "perhaps the perfect human pathogens," as The Journal of Infectious Diseases reports, it also seems that Noma could have spared some of its diners from the pathogens if the staff had read emails from health inspectors.
The famed Noma restaurant in Copenhagen has been blamed for more than 60 of its diners falling ill. Investigators say an illness spread from the staff to the customers.
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March 8, 2013 Noma, the Danish eatery that has won fans with its innovative and artful cuisine — and won Restaurant magazine's "World's Best Restaurant" title three times — is getting some unwelcome press, after dozens of people who ate at the Copenhagen restaurant fell sick.
The flavonoids in coffee may have health benefits, but preventing stroke may not be one of them.
February 21, 2013 Antioxidants in foods may have health benefits, but it's not one size fits all. Having a diet high in overall antioxidant levels didn't prevent stroke and dementia in one recent study, although eating more vitamin C and E specifically did seem to help.
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