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Via M. Cooper

An Innovative Culinary Program Mixes Compassion With Kitchen Training

The Doe Fund’s Chef-in-Training program is an eight-week, hands-on course that teaches students to work on a New York City restaurant’s line. It was introduced in December 2015 as an extension of the Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able transitional work program, and it’s the brainchild of Doe Fund employees John Kirkland, Jennifer Dillon, and Gino […]

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A Brief Introduction to Muslim Chinese Food

  As is the case elsewhere in the world, Muslim restaurants in China adhere to halal standards. Pork is staunchly avoided and the meat from animals are slaughtered according to prescribed religious procedures. Because most of the Muslim community in China is located in the north where wheat is the staple crop, nearly all the […]

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Waste Not, Want Not: Why Aren’t More Farms Putting Poop To Good Use?

  A potential solution to dairy farm waste… The 700 cows on Brett Reinford’s dairy farm are making more than just milk. Each day, the girls are producing 7,000 gallons of manure. And that smells exactly like you’d imagine. “We had gotten complaints from neighbors in the past that had said, ‘Hey, it stinks too […]

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Willy Wonka-Inspired ‘Candy Alchemist’ Spins Sugar Into Pure Imagination

  The story of a Brooklyn candy maker… Inside a tiny, hard-to-find storefront in Brooklyn lies the darkly whimsical world of a most unusual “candy alchemist.” He calls himself “Eugene J.,” and this real-life Willy Wonka is whipping up his own new confections across town from where Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will […]

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Via Liz Clayman

Author Stephanie Danler Drinks Butterbeer, Manzanilla Sherry, and Lots of Campari

More cool New School women doing more cool things. Since Sweetbitter was published last May, it has gone on to become a best seller. It’s one of the few books to truly capture the frenetic experience of working in the restaurant industry (the protagonist is a server at a place that bears a close resemblance to the […]

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In the Bronx, Jamaican Patties That Are ‘Worth the Wait’

Bakers work in two shifts; batches of chicken and vegetable patties are made in the morning, while the beef patties are made in the afternoon. Although Ms. Sinclair declined to disclose how many patties are produced daily, she said all of them were handmade using fresh ingredients like thyme and Jamaican scotch bonnet peppers. And […]

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Tree Nut Allergies May Be Massively Overdiagnosed

  The results of a new study on tree nut allergies… Millions of Americans live in fear of the peanut. And for good reason: These humble legumes are associated with some of the most severe of all food-related allergic reactions, including life-threatening anaphylaxis. Moreover, studies show that peanut allergies in children have more than tripled from 1997 […]

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When Active-Duty Service Members Struggle To Feed Their Families

  Food insecurity faced by military families… Kara Dethlefsen lined up early on a recent morning for the food pantry at the Camp Pendleton Marine Base near San Diego. She and her husband, both active-duty Marines, took turns holding their 4-month-old daughter. “We most like to get the avocados, lemons, some vegetables to cook up,” […]

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Via Jacob Krejci

America’s Most Political Food

  The story of Maurice Bessinger… “Men are the new carpetbaggers of Southern food writing,” she said… The woman was referring to Maurice’s Piggie Park, a small chain of barbecue restaurants, established in West Columbia, South Carolina, in 1953. The original restaurant occupies a barnlike building on a busy intersection and is presided over by […]

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Eat Now Or Forever Hold Your Piece: The Layered History Of Wedding Cake

  A look back at wedding cakes… On June 2, 1886, 28 fashionable guests gathered solemnly in the Blue Room of the White House in anticipation of a rare matrimonial event. President Grover Cleveland, a notorious bachelor at 49, was to wed 21-year-old Frances Folsom after a yearlong clandestine engagement. Wedding invitations had been sent […]

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