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There's a chance you're overwhelmed by some of what's arriving in your CSA boxes. At the very least, you might need some fresh ideas. Here, let us help you with that.
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are a contentious issue, and Mark Lynas has been on both sides of the debate. He is the author of "How I Got Converted to G.M.O. Food."
Just an hour-and-a-half outside of Rome, Abruzzo is an agricultural breadbasket that doesn't make the itinerary of most tourists to Italy.
Popular since its invention in the early 20th century, commercial baby food was seen as a product of convenience for women. "They were advertised as safe, modern and better than you could prepare at home," says Amy Bentley, author of Inventing Baby Food.
In the 1930s, Fania Lewando ran a popular restaurant in Vilna, Poland, that served vegetarian cuisine to poets and artists, including Marc Chagall. Lewando also wrote a cookbook, which Barbara Mazur discovered in the rare book room at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
To experience gelato the way Italians eat it, have it from a tub where it's not frozen solid.
Twenty of our Weeknight Kitchen favorites from the past few years. These are the recipes we have held onto and made our own.
Claudia Roden, author of Arabesque, explains the variations of kofta.
For chef Julia Child, Fourth of July would not be complete without potato salad. She shares how she makes hers.
When it comes to cooking vegetables the Italian way, chef Mario Batali says it's important to seek out products that are local and in season. Plus, you need a really hot pan.
Sally Schneider of Improvised Life shares five ways to make the most out of fresh cherries: iced, cooked, with goat cheese, in ice cream, or as a milk shake.
This month, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the radio program, we're giving away a hardcover copy of The Splendid Table, the book that started it all, signed by Lynne Rossetto Kasper.
"People always seem to think that corn is, like most vegetables, problematic when it comes to wine," says wine expert Joshua Wesson. "But it's the easiest vegetable in the world to pair with wine because it has such a dominant taste of sweetness and nuttiness."
TeaSource's Bill Waddington prefers to use the cold-brew method to make iced tea. "You don't even need to know how to boil water," he says.
Vatos Urban Tacos, a restaurant with four locations in Seoul, serves up Mexican-Korean dishes like kimchi carnitas fries. But don't call it fusion food.
In New York in a Dozen Dishes, author and food critic Robert Sietsema profiles 12 dishes. "It's supposed to be a portrait of New York in food," he says. Egg foo young and cheb are two of the dishes he wrote about.
Don't call sake rice wine. According to Gordon Heady, a sake brewer based in Japan and Portland, Oregon, "It's even more complicated than wine." He explains what sake is, how it's brewed and what to look for in stores.
Paul Quinn College was in the middle of a food desert. Its football team kept losing -- badly. So in 2010, the Dallas college decided to transform its football field into The We Over Me Farm.
Each year we remove 170 billion pounds of fish and shellfish from the ocean, according to Paul Greenberg, author of Four Fish. He says we need to back away from industrial fishing, which has put some species of fish in danger.
"The dark history of bananas is we've exported a lot of the costs of this fruit in order to have a cheap, happy fruit here for the American consumer," says Nicole Vitello, president of the importer and wholesaler Equal Exchange Bananas.
Plants may not have feelings, says Heidi Appel, a senior research scientist at the University of Missouri, but they can detect light, odors and vibrations.
"People in the U.S. do not think about Mexican food as having much of a vegetable component," says chef Rick Bayless, author of More Mexican Everyday.
Nongkran Daks, author of Nong's Thai Kitchen, has been making Thai curries since she was 7 years old.
National Geographic Fellow Dan Buettner went around the world in search of communities where people live the longest. "The goal of the project was to, in a sense, reverse engineer longevity," he says.
Richard Wrangham, a professor at Harvard University and author of Catching Fire, studies the role of cooking in human evolution.