Food & Food Culture

10:19am

Wed February 27, 2013
The Salt

Germans Are Drinking Less Beer These Days, But Why?

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 3:57 pm

A waiter carries beer mugs during the 2012 Oktoberfest in Munich.
Johannes Simon Getty Images

For centuries, Germany has been synonymous with beer. Tourists flock from around the world to take part in the country's many beer festivals, including the famous Oktoberfest.

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8:58am

Wed February 27, 2013
The Salt

Cheesecake Factory, IBM Team Up To Crack The Code Of Customer Bliss

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 9:17 am

A new outpost for The Cheesecake Factory in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
PR Newswire

2:27pm

Tue February 26, 2013
The Salt

Family Dinner: Treasured Tradition Or Bygone Ideal?

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 1:06 pm

From left: 8-year-old Celedonia, 3-year-old Gavin, Amy Spencer and Doug Brown gather around the kitchen as Doug prepares a fruit salad for dinner.
Maggie Starbard NPR

When we asked you (via our Facebook page) to tell us about the weekday challenges your families face, given the competing demands of work, commutes, schoolwork and activities, you didn't hold back. Especially on the subject of squeezing in a family dinner.

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12:23pm

Tue February 26, 2013
The Salt

How The Food Industry Manipulates Taste Buds With 'Salt Sugar Fat'

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 10:46 am

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Dealing Coke to customers called "heavy users." Selling to teens in an attempt to hook them for life. Scientifically tweaking ratios of salt, sugar and fat to optimize consumer bliss.

In his new book, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Moss goes inside the world of processed and packaged foods.

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10:29am

Tue February 26, 2013
The Salt

To Build An Empire, Hold The Anchovies

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 10:47 am

Located north of Lima, Peru, the Caral-Supe settlement was the ancient home of the Norte Chico people, a civilization almost as old as the Egyptians.
Courtesy of Chris Kleihege

Megalomaniacs, consider yourselves warned. Anchovies will not help you build your empire. To rule long and prosper, serve corn.

That's the word from archaeologists who say they've solved a mystery that has been puzzling their colleagues for the past 40 years: How did some of the earliest Peruvians manage to build a robust civilization without corn — the crop that fueled other great civilizations of the Americas, like the Maya?

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