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By Returning To Farming's Roots, He Found His American Dream

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African runner peanuts were once a defining flavor of the South, memorialized in songs, peanut fritters, peanut soup and in Charleston's signature candy, the peanut-and-molasses groundnut cake. But by the 1930s the nuts had all but disappeared. Courtesy of Brian Ward hide caption

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Moe stands behind her tiny bar in Shanghai, where there are only eight seats and reservations are a must. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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In A Massive City, This Bar Serves Up Diverse Drinks — To 8 People At A Time

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In the 1970s, Mr. Coffee became iconic, an American byword for drip brewing. By Christmas 1977, department stores were selling more than 40,000 Mr. Coffees a day. Credit for some of that success goes to the machine's longtime pitchman, former New York Yankee Joltin' Joe DiMaggio, seen here in a television commercial from 1978. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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The 18th century French botanist Louis Lémery wrote that asparagus causes "a filthy and disagreeable smell in the urine, as everybody knows." Not everybody, Louis. Not everybody. Getty Images/imageBROKER RF hide caption

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It's a packed house at Philly's EAT Café, which is trying to attract people of all income levels for a sit-down dining experience. Kristen Hartke for NPR hide caption

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Japanese Chemist Dr. Kikunae Ikeda is credited with discovering MSG — one of the eight ingredients Lohman explores in her book. Peter Van Hyning hide caption

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How Just 8 Flavors Have Defined American Cuisine

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Chef Niki Nakayama in the kitchen with her wife and sous chef, Carole Iida-Nakayama. Nakayama is a modern master of the ancient Japanese art of kaiseki, a local, seasonal, multicourse meal rooted in Eastern philosophies that value being in harmony with nature. Katrina Dickson hide caption

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Chef Niki Nakayama Is A Modern Master Of An Ancient Japanese Meal

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Student Nicola Hopper, 11, and Jake Hensley, 11, load milk cartons and other food collected by students at Franklin Sherman Elementary School into crates to be taken across the street to Share food pantry at McLean Baptist Church. Victoria Milko/NPR hide caption

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When Food Banks Say No To Sugary Junk, Schools Offer A Solution

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Junior Herbert, a volunteer with Olio, collects leftovers from vendors at London's Camden Market. London has become a hub for apps and small-scale businesses that let restaurants and food vendors share leftovers with the public for free, and otherwise reduce the amount of edibles they toss. Maanvi Singh for NPR hide caption

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