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Why There's Too Few Cooks For New York City's Elite Kitchens

New York is famous for its food scene, but lately, the once-overflowing pool of potential chef applicants has begun to run dry. The reason? It's a pricey town to live in, and for chefs obsessed with local ingredients, smaller towns with vibrant food cultures and closer ties to surrounding farms are looking way more appealing.
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France Battles Scourge Of Ready-To-Eat Meals In Restaurants

French dining is world famous, but it has a dirty little secret: Many restaurants rely on microwavable, premade meals. A bill that's already cleared one big hurdle in the French National Assembly would force restaurants to label when their food is made in-house from scratch – and penalize those who lie about it.
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Math Class Made Delicious: Learn About Cones Through Scones

"Conic sections" are the four kinds of curves that result when a plane slices through a cone. But if you forgot that bit of high school algebra, here's one way to make sure you digest the lesson — this time, in a most delicious form: scones.
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An Italian Picnic Without The Pasta

In this installment of our Weekend Picnic series, Jim Kent visits an Italian chef in South Dakota's Black Hills, who shows us how to prepare a great lightweight picnic.
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Americans' Dining Technique Was Long-Abandoned By French

From the European viewpoint, the American style of cutting food can look absurdly inefficient and outdated. Slate contributor Mark Vanhoenacker explains that Americans inherited their "cut-and-switch" table habit from 18th century Frenchmen. The French long ago abandoned the decorative way of eating, but Vanhoenacker tells Audie Cornish, the Americans somehow have held on tight.
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Farming Got Hip In Iran Some 12,000 Years Ago, Ancient Seeds Reveal

Archaeologists had considered Iran unimportant in the history of farming – until now. Ancient seeds and farming tools uncovered in Iran reveal Stone Age people there were growing lentils, barley and other crops. The findings offer a snapshot of a time when humans first started experimenting with farming.
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Deen Parts With Agent After Racial Slur Fallout

Paula Deen announced Thursday that she has cut business ties with the agent who helped make her a Food Network star. Her media and merchandising empire has largely crumbled following her admission that she used racial slurs in the past.
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How The DIY Butter Trend Got Churning

It's not just homesteaders, hipsters and foodies getting into the hands-on pursuit. The butter-churning craze is part of a larger, do-it-yourself food movement that includes everything from canning, to making homemade bitters, a food writer says.
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Hard Crab Stew, No Longer Hard (Or Messy)

Some of the greatest summer food experiences take you outside — from shucking corn and barbecuing to spitting watermelon seeds. Chef Bill Smith says his favorite summer memories took place at picnic tables over messy bowls of his grandmother's crab stew.
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'Black Widow' Wins Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

Sonya Thomas, of Alexandria, — also known as the 'Black Widow' of competitive eating — has narrowly defended her title.

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