March 10, 2013 WVTFWith only about 1,000 full-blooded Hawaiians left in the world, preserving native island culture is a huge challenge. One way to do this: teach students and other island residents the ancient art of making poi, a dish that's been feeding native Hawaiians for centuries.
September 16, 2012 New Nordic cuisine is not just a tweak on old Scandinavian food, it's a whole new method, fans say. Two restaurants and a nonprofit experimental lab are on the forefront of this trend that brings locally grown, seasonal food and high-tech food science together.
September 16, 2012 Processed wild rice dominates grocery store shelves, but around the Great Lakes, Native Americans still harvest it the same way their ancestors did centuries ago. This weekend, the Wild Rice Festival in Rosemont, Minn., celebrates the tradition.
August 28, 2012 If you work in an office in India, lunch might travel through a complex network of kitchens, bicycle deliverymen and train stations before ending up on your desk. Dabba wallahs have been delivering meals for a century, but over the years, lunchbox fare has changed dramatically.
August 27, 2012 Mormon food culture comes from spiritual teachings and the pioneering ways of a new religion in a new country as it evolved westward. Knowing more about it may provide some insights into the personal beliefs of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
August 25, 2012 Finding a good-sized, inexpensive barrel, previously used to age bourbon, is not so easy, as a hot sauce maker on the hunt found out. But they can be found, and when they are, these barrels experience a remarkable afterlife.
August 22, 2012 Bassem Samaan of Bethlehem, Pa., is on a quest to save rare varieties of figs often growing unnoticed, right under our noses in neighbors' backyards. He's donated some of his finds to a government-backed fruit tree preserve in California.
August 14, 2012 The daytime fast during Ramadan is never easy. It's particularly tough when the holy month falls during the hottest days of summer. This appears to be causing some Muslims to forgo the fast this year — though they would prefer that their family and friends don't know.
August 3, 2012 For many, modern home canning is more of a hobby than a food source. But during the world wars, canned foods were more than just sustenance; they were a symbol pf American patriotism and solidarity.
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.
July 20, 2012 Community and charity cookbooks provided social networks for thousands of women in 19th century America. These cookbooks were compiled and sold to raise funds for churches, community organizations, and even political causes. Now these cookbooks are important portals into American history.
July 13, 2012 Scarlet eggplants are the wilder cousins of the ubiquitous purple oblong eggplants found everywhere, and they're starting to show up in more places in the U.S. A D.C. chef shows us how we can use their bright orange color to its fullest effect.