Beef heart, once a common dish for the poor, has been rediscovered by chefs and eaters of all ages. All Things Considered speaks with cookbook authors Jody Eddy and Christine Carroll about the stories behind their recipes.
Following wine, whiskey, cheese and chocolate, rooibos has been professionally swirled, sniffed and sipped in the interest of justifying its place in the premium tier of gourmet food pricing. The South African government is spearheading the effort.
The co-author of a controversial study linking diet soda consumption to blood cancers says his study's findings fall into a gray area — between a clear relationship between diet soda consumption and cancers and no relationship at all. That, he says, is "the natural process of science."
Tough economic times have changed what's for dinner, and not just on the family table. Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema says that even the finest restaurants serving up comfort foods. He speaks with host Michel Martin about this and other trends in fall dining.
Because we had better food, our brains grew bigger than those of our primate cousins, scientists say. Early humans cooked, which makes meat and veggies more digestible and nutrients more available to the body. Plus, there was all that chatting and chewing around the campfire.
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