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Drinking With 'Mad Men:' Cocktail Culture And The Myth Of Don Draper

The culture of retro cocktails that the show helped reignite is intriguing, considering how much of Mad Men is actually about excessive — even abusive — drinking.


Why Wal-Mart Is Betting Big On Being Your Local Urban Grocer

Wal-Mart conquered the suburbs, but its future may lie in smaller stores in dense city neighborhoods. And in our grab-and-go times, freshly prepared meals are a big part of its urban strategy.


Straight Out Of Brooklyn: 'Encyclofoodia' Pokes Fun At Foodies

Comics posing as chefs have written a book with sensational recipes and explanations of essential tools like the "spankler." It's designed to "spank the food if it does anything wrong."

You'll Get No Alcoholic Kick From Champagne-Flavored Jelly Beans

Some 16 billion jelly beans are consumed every year in the U.S. alone, and every year new flavors hit the market. But the origins of the popular confection are "lost in the mists of time."

Celebrating Passover: The History And Symbolism Of Matzo Balls

Matzo balls are at the center of any Passover seder. Cookbook author Joan Nathan, known as the "grande dame" of Jewish cooking, explains the history behind this culinary tradition.

Mourning The Matzo: Iconic N.Y. Factory To Leave Former Jewish Hub

It's the end of an era: After nearly a century, the Streit's matzo factory is leaving Manhattan's Lower East Side. This Passover will be its last there. Streit's plans to move to a new factory.

The Fake Meat Industry's Quest To Make Faux Taste Real

NPR's Melissa Block talks to Corby Kummer about his piece in MIT's Technology Review on the fake meat industry's challenge to make fake taste as good as the real thing.

Sodium Sleuths: Do Southerners Eat More Salt Than The Rest Of Us?

Hypertension, which is tied to sodium intake, is more prevalent in the South. Researchers had a hunch that Southerners eat more salty, packaged foods, so they went gumshoeing.
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Fishing Versus Farming: Aquaculture And The Future Of Chesapeake Bay Oysters

Maryland's oyster trade is evolving as more watermen give up "hand tonging" and move into aquaculture.


When Wal-Mart Comes To Town, What Does It Mean For Workers?

Wal-Mart has long been criticized for low pay and erratic work schedules. So when the retailer arrives in a community, it stirs controversy — but it also brings jobs and low prices.