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Reviving An Heirloom Corn That Packs More Flavor And Nutrition

Imagine corn on the cob that naturally tastes creamy and buttery — no added fat required. Native Americans bred such a variety, but its kernels were almost lost to history. Now one chef is bringing back the heirloom corn — and hoping it will serve as a lesson in what can happen when crops are bred to be flavorful and colorful, not just big.
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Stone Age Chefs Spiced Up Food Even 6,000 Years Ago

Looks like our prehistoric ancestors were bigger foodies than we realized. Archaeologists have found evidence that hunter-gatherers added a hot, mustard spice to their fish and meat thousands of years ago. So meals weren't just about consuming calories. Taste and flavor were important, too.
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VIDEO: Ben's Chili Bowl Celebrates 55 Years Of Half-Smokes And History

It's been over a half-century of half-smokes at Ben's Chili Bowl, and today the storied restaurant was celebrated by luminaries including comedian Bill Cosby.

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In Canada, Maine Lobstermen Get Both A Rival And A Tutor

Lobsters are Maine's signature industry, but it's Canada who seems to be doing the better job of marketing its crustaceans. And as Maine lobstermen face record-low prices, the state is hoping to take a few lessons from the success of its northern neighbor.
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Inside The Beef Industry's Battle Over Growth-Promotion Drugs

Beta agonists, a class of drugs widely fed to cattle and hogs to make them put on weight faster, are coming under increasing scrutiny. Reports suggest animals fed these drugs can seem reluctant to move — lethargic, unable to walk properly — and may die more often, too.
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Forget Cronuts: London's 'Townies' Take On Hybrid-Dessert Craze

While New Yorkers line up for the cronut, a croissant-doughnut cross, in London, a tartlet-brownie mashup called the townie is now the rage. Social media is helping to drive these hybrid-food fads, industry watchers say, but how they ultimately impact the bottom line depends on whether purveyors can be more than one-trick ponies.
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Young Farmers Break The Bank Before They Get To The Field

Young people are interested to get involved with both the local food movement and more conventional forms of agriculture. But many of them are finding their options limited. Ranch and farmland across the plains is going for several thousand dollars an acre, keeping many aspiring farmers out of the market.
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'Treme' Cookbook Captures The Flavor Of A Show And A City

Melissa Block talks with Lolis Eric Elie, a writer and editor behind the HBO series Treme about a new cookbook written in the voices of the show's characters. Elie says it reflects both old New Orleans traditions and more recent influences.
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Ramen To The Rescue: How Instant Noodles Fight Global Hunger

The supercheap and palatable noodles help low-wage workers around the world get by, anthropologists argue in a new book. And rather than lament the ascendance of this highly processed food, they argue we should try to make it more nutritious.
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The Politics Of Food Stamps

House Republicans pass a bill to cut $39 billion from food stamp programs. We explore the politics of food stamp spending.

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