Food & Food Culture

8:50am

Tue June 4, 2013
The Salt

The French Learned To Make Wine From Italians 2,400 Years Ago

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 10:38 am

This French tapestry depicts noblemen and women treading and pressing grapes to make wine circa 1500. By then, the French had already been making wine for at least 2,000 years.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

The French weren't the first to make wine? Mon dieu! But as anyone who has sipped a Bordeaux, Champagne or Burgundy can tell you, the French got pretty good at it once they learned how. And thanks to some molecular archaeology, researchers can now confirm they picked up these skills as early as 425 B.C.

So who taught the French the art of viniculture? Probably the ancient Italians, says the man with perhaps the coolest nickname in science research — the "Indiana Jones of alcohol," Patrick McGovern.

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5:29am

Tue June 4, 2013
Food

Why Use Bread When Donuts Make A Good Sandwich

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 6:18 am

Friday is National Doughnut Day. You might want to try Dunkin' Donuts latest creation: bacon and egg between a glazed doughnut.

1:04pm

Mon June 3, 2013
The Salt

Grass: It's What's For Dinner (3.5 Million Years Ago)

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 1:49 pm

Some 3.5 million years ago, our ancestors put grass on the menu.
iStockphoto.com

If you could travel back in time about 8 million years, you'd find a creature in an African tree that was the ancestor of all current apes and humans. And that creature in all likelihood would have spent a big part of its day munching leaves and fruit — pretty much what apes eat now.

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12:09pm

Mon June 3, 2013
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: Dunkin' Donuts Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich

We couldn't wait for Dunkin's Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich to go national, so we got the raw materials and made our own.
NPR

Like all great traditional Boston foods — the Boston Cream Pie, Boston Baked Beans, the Chicago Pizza at the Pizzeria Uno near Fenway — the Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich is about to go national. Someday, Bostonians will talk about how they heard it play when it was just a cool, local sandwich.

Ian: I never realized how pointless bagels were before.

Miles: I like a breakfast that forces me to take a nap right after waking up.

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12:07pm

Mon June 3, 2013
The Salt

Wal-Mart Pledges Fresher Produce By Cutting Out The Middleman

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 2:02 pm

A shopper selects produce at a Wal-Mart in Deptford, N.J.
Matt Rourke AP

The nation's largest retailer announced Monday that it will be delivering produce from farms to stores faster by buying fruits and vegetables directly from growers.

The plan is to source about 80 percent of fresh produce directly, explained Jack Sinclair, executive vice president of the food business for Wal-Mart U.S., during a conference call that we participated in Monday morning.

In many instances, Sinclair says it will be possible to "cut out the middleman," but he added that local wholesalers will continue to "play an important role for us in the areas we serve."

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