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Summer Potluck Dishes To Withstand The Heat And Please Crowds

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Bartender Robin Miller mixes a round of mezcal margaritas at Espita Mezcaleria in Washington, D.C. As U.S. drinkers embrace mezcal, investors are flocking south to the heart of Mexico's mezcal country, and local incomes are rising. Kevin Leahy/NPR hide caption

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America's Growing Taste For Mezcal Is Good For Mexico's Small Producers

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Slobodan Simic, a former Serbian parliamentarian, now runs the largest donkey farm in eastern Europe, located fifty miles from Belgrade. He's trying to finance the protection of the Balkan donkey by selling donkey-milk products, which are said to promote health and beauty. Joanna Kakissis/NPR hide caption

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A Serbian Farmer Wants To Protect The Balkan Donkey By Selling Its Pricey Milk

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Chef Michael Scelfo of Cambridge, Mass., left, and Lisa Carlson, who operates three food trucks in Minneapolis, collaborate on the Glynwood dinner's spelt salad with lamb tongues and hearts, and "ugly" cherries, shiitakes, and kale. Lela Nargi/NPR hide caption

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Ten international cheesemongers competed to be named the best cheesemonger in the world at Mondial du Fromage. Nathalie Vanhaver, from Belgium, in center, took gold. Christophe Gonzalez, from France, on the left, won silver; and for the first time ever, an American, Nadjeeb Chouaf, took home the bronze. Courtesy of Rodolphe Le Meunier/Deedee Dorzee hide caption

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Analysts say that the experience of shopping at Whole Foods might change in the near future now that the retailer is being bought by Amazon. Stephen Hilger/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption

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The Zirlott family's oyster farm is at the end of a long pier in Sandy Bay. Legend has it that the name "Murder Point" comes from a deadly dispute over an oyster lease at this site back in 1929. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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7 Years After BP Oil Spill, Oyster Farming Takes Hold In South

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An Illustrated Guide To Master The Elements Of Cooking — Without Recipes

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Mike and Amy Mills' famous smoked chicken wings, as prepared in Ari Shapiro's backyard. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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'Praise The Lard': A Barbecue Legend Shows Us How To Master Smoked Chicken Wings

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Cloud eggs: It's not just Instagrammers who find them pretty. Chefs of the 17th century whipped them up, too. Then, as now, they were meant to impress. Maria Godoy/NPR hide caption

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Cloud Eggs: The Latest Instagram Food Fad Is Actually Centuries Old

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Fortified dwelling and open air banquet, detail from a mosaic portraying a Nilotic landscape from El Alia, Tunisia. Roman Civilisation, 2nd century. Musée National Du Bardo (Archaeological Museum) DeAgostini/Getty Images hide caption

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The Eugene J. Candy Co., which opened a year ago in Brooklyn, stocks offbeat novelties like wax fangs as well as its own experimental confections. Courtesy of Eugene J. hide caption

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Willy Wonka-Inspired 'Candy Alchemist' Spins Sugar Into Pure Imagination

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Boiled octopus, a recipe for "reliably tender, flavorful octopus that can be used as it is, or as a basis for fried or grilled octopus dishes," write Richard Horsey and Tim Wharton in Ugly Food. "Octopus is also totally sustainable, very economical and incredibly versatile — the various methods of preparation and cooking lend it subtly different flavors," says Wharton. Couresty of Tanya Ghosh hide caption

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