Food & Food Culture

6:35am

Fri July 19, 2013
The Salt

The Ramadan Challenge: Shop And Cook While Hungry And Thirsty

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 9:31 am

Jehad Outteineh shops at a market near the Damascus gate in the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem's Old City. Around the world, hundreds of millions of Muslims are fasting from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan. Outteineh is shopping for the family's iftar, the meal that breaks the fast.
Emily Harris/NPR

Around the world, hundreds of millions of Muslims are fasting from sunrise to sunset. The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began last week and continues until Aug. 7. That's 30 days of avoiding food and drink all day. But in many families, someone still has to prepare a hearty, and sometimes festive, dinner every night.

"Ramadan is a big change in routine," says Jehad Outteneh, a Palestinian in Jerusalem who shops and cooks for her family of eight.

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2:46pm

Thu July 18, 2013
The Salt

These Pictures Might Tempt You To Eat Bugs

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 8:18 am

Gordon recommends dusting the deep-fried tarantula spider with smoked paprika.
Chugrad McAndrews Reprinted with permission from The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook

Oh, Jiminy Cricket, you've never looked more scrumptious.

The grasshopper kabob is one of several enticing images of insect cuisine included in the new, revised edition of The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook, by avowed entomophagist (i.e., bug eater) David George Gordon.

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2:02pm

Thu July 18, 2013
Found Recipes

Grilled Pizza And Your Other Favorite 'Tastes Of Summer'

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 4:31 pm

Jennifer Sander bonded with her sons by learning how to fish for crabs together.
Courtesy of Jennifer Sander

A few weeks ago, we asked you to enter All Thing's Considered's Found Recipes' Taste of Summer contest with a great recipe that had a compelling story behind it. Among the many responses we got were recipes for all varieties of potato salad, crab and grilled pizza.

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2:00pm

Thu July 18, 2013
The Salt

Sweet And Savory: Finding Balance On The Japanese Grill

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 4:31 pm

Reprinted with permission from The Japanese Grill.
Todd Coleman © 2011

If you're looking for grilled Japanese food, chef and cookbook author Harris Salat recommends you head over to Fukuoka, a city where yatai, or mobile food carts, line up by the riverside.

The carts became popular after World War II, Salat says, when Japanese were looking to rebuild their lives and find new sources of income.

"You can kind of pull up a stool, and there's a cook, you know, grilling yakitori very carefully over charcoal," he tells Melissa Block, host of All Things Considered. "It's a lot of fun."

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9:58am

Thu July 18, 2013
The Salt

How To Better Protect Farmworkers From Pesticides: Spanish

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 11:02 am

Farmworkers harvest and package cantaloupes near Firebaugh, Calif.
Gosia Wozniacka AP

Advocates for farmworkers, especially those who grow America's leafy greens and fresh vegetables, are pushing the government to do more to protect those workers from exposure to pesticides.

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