Food & Food Culture

1:26pm

Mon July 22, 2013
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: Gravy Bread

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 11:16 am

They dropped the bread in the Meat Juice. On purpose.
NPR

You may be familiar with the Italian Beef, a Chicago roast beef sandwich you can get dipped, completely, in Meat Juice (or jus, if you insist on trying to be classy while dipping a sandwich in Meat Juice). Order "gravy bread," and you get nothing but the bun, soaked, completely, in Meat Juice.

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12:38pm

Mon July 22, 2013
The Salt

How An Ethiopian Bean Became The Cinderella Of Coffee

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 11:17 am

Haleuya Habagaro says she always knew her coffee was exquisite. "When I roast the coffee, people come to ask where that strong fruity smell is coming from."
Gregory Warner NPR

As we reported during Coffee Week in April, coffee aficionados pay top dollar for single-origin roasts.

The professional prospectors working for specialty coffee companies will travel far and wide, Marco Polo-style, to discover that next champion bean.

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1:33am

Mon July 22, 2013
The Salt

New York Toasts Long-Awaited Revival Of Its Distilleries

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 9:30 am

Tuthilltown Spirits in New York makes a clear corn whiskey, and the first legal aged whiskey in the state since Prohibition, among other products.
Joel Rose/NPR

A century ago, New York could claim that much of its liquor was local, thanks to distilleries large and small that supplied a lot of the whiskey, gin and rum that kept New York City (and the rest of North America) lubricated. Then Prohibition arrived and the industry largely dried up, before trickling back to life in the 21st century.

Now, distillers in New York state are toasting a revival 80 years in the making.

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2:58am

Sat July 20, 2013
The Salt

From Ramen To Rotini: Following The Noodles Of The Silk Road

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 5:22 pm

In Turkey, bits of meat are wrapped in squares of pasta to make manti.
thebittenworld Flickr

Popular lore has it that the Italian merchant Marco Polo was responsible for introducing the noodle to China. This legend appeals to Italians, but if you ask the Chinese, they may beg to differ.

In her latest book, On the Noodle Road, author Jen Lin-Liu chronicles a six-month journey along the historic Silk Road from eastern China, through central Asia, Turkey, Iran and eventually arriving in Italy, in search of the true origin of the noodle.

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11:20am

Fri July 19, 2013
The Salt

France Aims To Net New Drinkers With Cola-Flavored Wine

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 7:56 am

Fancy some soda with your wine?
Courtesy Haussmann Famille

Brace yourselves, Francophiles.

First, we broke the news about fast food overtaking restaurants in France. Then we reported the shocker that more than a third of French restaurants serve frozen meals. If these revelations ruin your impression of France as a bastion of culinary tradition, you may not want to read further.

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