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Today โ€” April 21st 2019NPR Food

Maxwell House Partners With Amazon For A 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Passover Haggadah

By Eliza Dennis

With over 50 million printed copies, Maxwell House has released a new edition of their Haggadah, designed for fans of the Amazon show, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

  • April 20th 2019 at 23:27
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'This Is Morally Wrong': Biden Supports Striking Massachusetts Grocery Workers

By Callum Borchers
Union members picket a Stop & Shop in Dorchester, Mass.,  prior to the arrival of former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday.

Thirty-one thousand Stop & Shop workers are striking in New England over proposed changes to wages and benefits. Eight days in, the strike has shuttered some stores and slowed business at others.

(Image credit: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

  • April 18th 2019 at 22:40

Saving The Story Of Grits, A Dish Born Of Poverty Now On Fine-Dining Menus

By Kristen Hartke
A bowl of creamy cheese grits. Food writer Erin Byers Murray hopes that exploring the story of grits will help spur more discussion about how food shapes our culture, as humble ingredients are elevated into expensive dishes even as we come to terms with long-lost, or ignored, origin stories that deserve recognition.

Interest in grits is rising because of heirloom corn varieties and the backing of master chefs. But the Southern staple has deep roots that wind through economics, race, politics — and nostalgia.

(Image credit: Lauri Patterson/Getty Images)

  • April 18th 2019 at 13:00

How Quebec's Maple Syrup Stockpile Can Impact An Entire Global Industry

By Stacey Vanek Smith

Maple syrup is so important to Canada that producers in the province of Quebec have created a strategic reserve of the sweet stuff. The Planet Money Indicator team paid the reserve a visit.

  • April 17th 2019 at 22:26

My New Diet Is An App: Weight Loss Goes Digital

By Yuki Noguchi
Jessica Holloway-Haytcher uses an app that helps her track meals, exercise and keep in touch with an online coach.

The popularity of weight loss apps, especially among younger people, has forced the traditional weight loss programs to revamp their models to include online, on-demand support.

(Image credit: Mark Rogers Photography)

  • April 15th 2019 at 21:05

Peeling Back The Reasons Behind The Onion Shortage

Weather issues in the U.S. and elsewhere have contributed to an onion shortage. NPR's Sacha Pfeiffer talks with Shay Myers, is a third-generation farmer growing onions in Idaho and Oregon.

  • April 14th 2019 at 14:03

'Debatable' List Of '100 Most Jewish' Foods Leaves Plenty Of Room For Kibbitzing

By Deena Prichep
Challah, borscht and a bialy are among the items listed in The 100 Most Jewish Foods.

As families around the country fill their freezers with matzo balls and gefilte fish in preparation for the coming Passover Seder, a new book asks: What does it mean for a food to be Jewish?

(Image credit: Noah Fecks/The 100 Most Jewish Foods)

  • April 14th 2019 at 14:00

Can This Breakfast Cereal Help Save The Planet?

By Dan Charles
A bowl of Honey Toasted Kernza. General Mills made 6,000 boxes of the cereal and is passing them out to spread the word about perennial grains.

Some environmentalists say food production needs a fundamental reboot, with crops that stay rooted in the soil for years, like Kernza, a prairie grass. Even General Mills says it likes the idea.

(Image credit: Olivia Sun/NPR)

  • April 13th 2019 at 14:16

Edible Archives Project Aims To Revive Hundreds Of Vanishing Indian Rice Strains

By Charukesi Ramadurai
Some of the 20 different types of rice used during the three-month festival Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India. Chefs served two varieties of rice every day, along with multiple dishes of vegetables and meat or seafood.

As hybrid varieties gained popularity, hundreds of indigenous strains of rice — and knowledge about them — disappeared. But chefs, farmers and researchers are trying to reconnect to that heritage.

(Image credit: Salam Olattayil/for NPR)

  • April 12th 2019 at 17:01

Swiss Government To End Emergency Reserves Of Coffee

For decades, government officials in Switzerland stockpiled essential staples such as sugar, rice and coffee. The government now says coffee "is not essential for life."

  • April 12th 2019 at 12:22

NYC Restaurant Comes Under Criticism After Marking Itself as 'Clean Chinese Food'

A new restaurant in New York City is catching a lot of heat for marketing itself as "clean Chinese food." San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic Soleil Ho talks about why with NPR's Ailsa Chang.

  • April 11th 2019 at 22:24

As Weeds Outsmart The Latest Weedkillers, Farmers Are Running Out Of Easy Options

By Dan Charles
These Palmer amaranth — or pigweed — plants, seen growing in a greenhouse at Kansas State University, appear to be resistant to multiple herbicides.

In the long-running war between farmers and weeds, it's advantage, weeds. Scientists in Kansas have found examples of the dreaded pigweed that are immune to the newest weed-killing technologies.

(Image credit: Dan Charles/NPR)

  • April 11th 2019 at 11:12

In Alaska, Shrinking Oil Revenues May Mean Severe Cutbacks To State Ferry System

By Nat Herz
The ferries Malaspina and LeConte are docked near Juneau at sunrise. Both ships are part of Alaska

For decades, Alaska has collected enough revenue from the oil industry to run government and pay each resident a cash dividend. Now, with oil revenue dwindling, there isn't enough money for both.

(Image credit: Nat Herz/Alaska Public Media)

  • April 10th 2019 at 22:25

Why A South Korean Brewery Moved To California To Make Korean Beer

By Shelby Pope
After starting a brewery in Seoul, Booth Brewery co-founders Heeyoon Kim (left) and Sunghoo Yang moved their operations to California to make Korean beer and ship it back.

The craft beer scene in Korea is still new, and while shipping beer back there is expensive, the company gained better access to hops and brewer talent in America, as well as a significant tax break.

(Image credit: Courtesy of The Booth Brewing Co.)

  • April 9th 2019 at 14:00

Vegan Protesters Block Downtown Melbourne In Coordinated Action Across Australia

By Laurel Wamsley
Animal rights protesters link arms to block an intersection in the central business district of Melbourne, Australia, on Monday.

In Queensland, protesters arranged a deal with the owners of a slaughterhouse: The activists would unchain themselves if the owners handed over three sheep and agreed not to file a complaint.

(Image credit: Ellen Smith/Reuters)

  • April 8th 2019 at 20:06

The Robots Are Here: At George Mason University, They Deliver Food To Students

By Patrick Madden
At George Mason University in Virginia, a fleet of several dozen autonomous robots deliver food to students on campus.

Several dozen autonomous robots roam the Virginia campus providing options such pizza and coffee. "We were amazed by the volume of orders," Starship Technologies executive Ryan Tuohy says.

(Image credit: Patrick Madden/WAMU)

  • April 7th 2019 at 21:13

Chef's Memoir Tackles What It's Like To Be Young, Gifted And Black In Fine Dining

By Lulu Garcia-Navarro
Onwuachi cooks in the kitchen of his D.C. restaurant, Kith and Kin. His food encompasses a range of African, Caribbean, African-American and other influences.

Kwame Onwuachi's new memoir, Notes From A Young Black Chef, isn't just about his rise from poverty to celebrated restaurateur. It's also a meditation on being a black man in a rarefied world.

(Image credit: Noah Fortson/NPR)

  • April 7th 2019 at 14:05

Artisanal Food Shop Helps Kosovo War-Rape Survivors Earn Income โ€” And Heal

By Valerie Plesch
Left: M., a survivor of sexual violence during the Kosovo war, holds a jar of red pepper spread that she prepared at her home to sell at a new artisanal food shop in Gjakova, in western Kosovo. Working with food is a form of therapy for M. Right: B., also a survivor, prepares fresh clotted cream from her home in a village in western Kosovo.

Victims are still stigmatized; many keep their trauma a secret. A new shop offers survivors an income stream, sometimes for the first time in their lives, by selling their homemade traditional foods.

(Image credit: Valerie Plesch/for NPR)

  • April 7th 2019 at 14:00

The End Is Near For 3.2 Beer

By Frank Morris
The new standard in Kansas, which took effect on Monday, lifts the cap on beer alcohol levels, but only to a degree. The new maximum is 6 percent alcohol by volume.

The end of a Depression-era alcohol has brewers happy to see the stuff go. "It was just a pain in the posterior, you know, for everyone," says one brewer.

(Image credit: Frank Morris/KCUR)

  • April 5th 2019 at 21:21

Heinz Launches 'Kranch'

Heinz has a new combination of ketchup and ranch dressing: Kranch.

  • April 5th 2019 at 11:18
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