December 24, 2011 Latin America has hundreds of interpretations of this Christmas Eve treat – tamales vary not just by country but often by region. So whose version is best? That's a question likely to elicit a fiercely partisan response.
November 9, 2011 Once intellectuals get rolling down the food aisle, who knows where they'll end up. One just ended up in a really dark corner. Here's his latest contribution to our understanding of the subject — a journal article analyzing the "foodways" of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series.
October 13, 2011 I was at a complete loss. American mothers and their children could apparently turn out edible artworks by the dozen and here I was, failing at the first attempt to help my daughter feel at home in our new country.
September 30, 2011 Festivals, beer, recipes and pie
September 29, 2011 The pawpaw is a tropical-type fruit native to North America with a long and almost forgotten history. Thomas Jefferson once prized it, and now scientists are looking at whether the pawpaw can claim some health benefits, along with cachet. NPR's Tiny Desk Kitchen goes on the hunt for this tasty treat.
September 27, 2011 Japanese food chemists have found a way to explain how a chemical in miracle fruit makes sour flavors taste sweet. The fruit has inspired a small counterculture of flavor trippers as well as chefs who are experimenting with the chemical as a low-cal sweetener.
September 26, 2011 Lemongrass is prized in Southeast Asia for lightening meat dishes and keeping powerful seafood flavors in check, as well as imparting its own unique citrusy, herbal flavor. The Thai people have also traditionally prized lemongrass as a digestive aid.
September 23, 2011 Although goats have been cultivated around the world for centuries, the practice of raising them and using their milk for cheese is a fairly recent phenomenon in the U.S. The public has been slow to accept the goat's unique flavor.