Food & Food Culture

1:45am

Fri August 24, 2012
Planet Money

In The Kitchen With The Inventor Of Steak-Umm

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 8:08 am

Eugene Gagliardi
Joshua Marston

One night in the late 1960s, Eugene Gagliardi was lying awake in bed trying to figure out how to save his company. He was thinking about the Philly cheesesteak.

Gagliardi ran a family business that sold hamburgers and other meat to restaurant chains in the Philadelphia area. But within the span of a few months, the company had lost several of its biggest customers.

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2:10pm

Thu August 23, 2012
The Salt

Willing To Play The Dating Game With Your Food? Try A Grocery Auction

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 8:56 am

Grocery auctions have been growing in popularity as a way to get a lot of food for not a lot of money.
Matt Sindelar for NPR

Every year, U.S. grocers discard $10 billion to $15 billion in unsold products. The items might be damaged, discontinued, seasonal or food that's just close to its sell-by date.

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8:32am

Thu August 23, 2012
The Salt

Kids Ditching Full-Sugar Soda For Diet Drinks, Just Like Mom And Dad

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:00 am

Even Junior is drinking diet soda now. But is it good for him?
Todd Keith iStockphoto.com

Diet soda, once the soft drink of choice for adults watching their calories, isn't just for grown ups anymore. Increasingly, kids are getting their fix, too.

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3:38pm

Wed August 22, 2012
The Salt

Food Waste Is Overwhelming. Here Are Five Things People Are Doing About It

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 3:39 pm

Rotten jackfruit and tomatoes are sorted at a dump in New Delhi. India loses an estimated 40 percent of its produce harvest for lack of infrastructure. And Americans waste about 40 percent of our food.
Mustafa Quraishi AP

The food world is buzzing today about the latest news on just how often we waste perfectly good food. And we admit, the statistics are pretty depressing.

About 40 percent of food in the United States today goes uneaten. The average American consumer wastes 10 times as much food as someone in Southeast Asia — up 50 percent from Americans in the 1970s. Yet, 1 in 6 Americans doesn't have enough to eat, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And food waste costs us about $165 billion a year and sucks up 25 percent of our freshwater supply.

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2:28pm

Wed August 22, 2012
The Salt

The Spice Man Cometh To Cuba, A Hot Land Of Bland Food

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 8:57 am

Cuba has tight advertising restrictions, so Cedric Fernando uses his British-made 1955 MG convertible to spread the word about his Indian restaurant, Bollywood, in Havana.
Nick Miroff NPR

Cuba has hot weather, hot music, hot politics and hot Cubans. So why is the food so bland?

Tourists who have visited the island, particularly Cuba's state-run restaurants, know that Cuban chefs are deeply fond of frying their ingredients, but the range of seasonings tends to span from salt to garlic, with not much else in between.

Enter the Spice Man. He is Cedric Fernando, co-proprietor of the first and only Indian restaurant in Cuba, called Bollywood. And he's definitely turning up the heat in the kitchen.

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