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Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy

On the first leg of his Asian tour, the president stopped by the iconic sushi restaurant. David Gelb, who directed a documentary about the restaurant, says eating there is amazing and nerve-wracking.
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Slowly And Sweetly, Vietnam's Chocolate Industry Grows

French colonists planted cacao in Vietnam in the 1800s, but the crop was outpaced by coffee and cashews. Now French expats are helping the country become a respected producer of high-end chocolate.
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Bake Bread Like A Pioneer In Appalachia ... With No Yeast

Bacteria can make a bread rise and give it a cheesy flavor. That's the secret ingredient in salt rising bread, which dates to the late 1700s in Appalachia, when bakers didn't have yeast on hand.
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Fast-Food CEOs Earn Supersize Salaries; Workers Earn Small Potatoes

A new report finds that the average compensation of fast-food CEOs has quadrupled since 2000. By comparison, worker wages have increased less than 1 percent.
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We Didn't Believe In 'Artisanal' Toast, Until We Made Our Own

Inspired by toast's ascendance as a trendy snack du jour, we push "artisanal" toast in new directions. Using a blowtorch, coffee maker and dryer, we prove you can toast it yourself without a toaster.
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Kelis Puts 'Milkshake' Behind Her And Moves On To 'Food'

Singer songwriter Kelis Rogers, who's also a trained chef, goes by just Kelis. She's best known for the 2003 hit song "Milkshake." Steve Inskeep talks to the R&B artist about her new album Food.
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Fields And Farm Jobs Dry Up With California's Worsening Drought

For the first time in six years, many California farmers have been told they'll get little or no federal irrigation water. And as farms run dry, workers are deciding to pack up and move away.
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Powdered Liquor: Now Legal But Won't Be In Your Margarita Soon

The feds have approved dehydrated versions of vodka and even mojitos. Simply add water and voila! You've got a cocktail. But red tape will likely keep the high-proof powder off the market for a while.
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Lead Poisoning Nightmare In Nigeria May Be Easing

Four years ago, hundreds of children died, exposed to lead dust that was everywhere, created in a rush to process ore for gold. Nigeria is finding its own path to curb that dust — and save kids.
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Hunger Games: College Athletes Make Play For Collective Bargaining

The NCAA council approved new rules allowing student athletes unlimited snacks and meals after a star athlete complained about his hunger. But student advocates say they're still waiting to unionize.

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