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Beloved in eastern Asia, especially Japan, persimmons get little respect in the United States, where many tree owners don't bother harvesting their crop. Alastair Bland/for NPR hide caption

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An employee at Grand Traverse Pie Co. in Michigan makes cherry pies. The company has been shipping pies since 1998, when people still had to phone in their orders. Beryl Striewski/Grand Traverse Pie Co. hide caption

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For this year's grand prize winner, the judges were impressed by the intricate, working gingerbread gears of the clock inside Santa's workshop. Kristen Hartke/NPR hide caption

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Josh Davis tends to his hog herd on his farm in Pocahontas, Ill. Once a popular breed, there are now only a few hundred American mulefoot hogs left. David Kovaluk/St. Louis Public Radio hide caption

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Betsy Leyva is co-owner of a Brooklyn, N.Y., bakery that has an online-only restaurant, with deliveries by Uber Eats. Jasmine Garsd/NPR hide caption

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Uber's Online-Only Restaurants: The Future, Or The End Of Dining Out?

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Carla Hall has a new book that explores her heritage and attempts to bring soul food to a wider audience. She embarked on a long journey through the South to investigate and get inspiration, and the story is a deep look into her philosophy. Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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In Soul Food Cookbook, Chef Carla Hall Celebrates Black Culinary Heritage

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Molly Birnbaum, America's Test Kitchen Kids editor in chief, helps 8-year-old Lucy Gray make a one-pot pasta meal from a recipe in the new book, The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs. Courtesy of Paul Gray hide caption

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What's Cookin', Kiddo? America's Test Kitchen Unveils Book For Young Chefs

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Sam Richman, owner-chef of Sammy's Deluxe restaurant in Rockland, says his patrons tend to prefer full-grown unagi smoked, European style, rather than as Japanese sushi. Keith Shortall/Maine Public Radio hide caption

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Geoff Walser picks out a ristra, a wreath-like decoration made from dried chiles, to purchase at the annual Pueblo Chile and Frijoles Festival, which draws thousands of chile lovers from Colorado and beyond. Andy Cross/Denver Post/Getty Images hide caption

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The champagne grape harvest in northeastern France, like this one near Mailly-Champagne, started early this year due to lack of rain. Francois Nascimbeni/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Champagne Makers Bubble Over A Bumper Crop Caused By European Drought

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Assistant chef Michael Monteleone puts a finishing touch on cannabis-infused vegetable tarts. As more states legalize the use of recreational marijuana, the California chef is aiming to elevate haute cuisine to a new level. Jason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Haute Pot: How High-End California Chefs Are Cashing In On Marijuana

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Brick transfers heat to dough more slowly than steel, allowing both pizza crust and toppings to simultaneously reach perfection. Aldo Pavan/Getty Images hide caption

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Brian Kleinsasser, left, who works in the hog barn at Cool Spring Colony, helps Jake Waldner set up the Hutterite table during a Long Table dinner event at The Resort at Paws Up. Stuart Thurlkill / via Paws Up hide caption

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Miguel Clarinha has been managing the shop for nine years alongside his cousin, Penelope. He believes the secret to its success is keeping the bakery a family-owned business. Rebecca Rosman/NPR hide caption

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Only 6 People In The World Know The Recipe For Portugal's Famous Tarts

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Spiegelman's Charcoal Ice Cream with Pomegranate Swirl and Chocolate Sourdough Breadcrumbs is an edible ode Persephone —whose decision to eat pomegranate seeds sealed her fate as queen of the underworld, according to Greek mythology. Hannah Spiegelman hide caption

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For the Bean Madness competition, decisions on this classic dish can turn on preferences set long ago by family tradition, house style and even generational differences. sandoclr/Getty Images hide caption

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Chef Vladimir Mukhin prepares food at his Chef's Table restaurant in Moscow. Mukhin owns more than 20 restaurants, mostly in Russia, including White Rabbit. Jolie Myers/NPR hide caption

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The Russian Chef Who Is Bringing Back His Homeland's Colorful, Classic Cuisine

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Chef Gilbert Brenot teaches trainees at Edwins about meat preparation. The fine-dining restaurant in Cleveland provides education, housing and steady employment for former inmates and is the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary. TFL Films LLC hide caption

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Sales of McDonald's new soy-based patty have far surpassed estimates in Sweden, where half the population says it's interested in more vegetarian options. Are diners just curious or truly lovin' it? McDonald's Sweden hide caption

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