Food & Food Culture

8:18am

Wed August 22, 2012
The Salt

Meet A Man On A Mission To Save Rare And Unusual Figs

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:02 am

One of Bassem Samaan's Pan e Vino fig trees, propagated from the yard of an Italian restaurant in Bethlehem, Pa.
courtesy Bassem Samaan

In the backyard of an unassuming suburban home in Bethlehem, Pa., is a global cornucopia of botanical heritage. Almost 300 varieties of fig grow here, most of them with roots in Europe, Asia or Africa, and each one collected and propagated by Bassem Samaan, a 34-year-old Lebanese native with an unusually green thumb and an obsession with figs.

Samaan is one of a handful of eccentric gardeners around the world whose goal is to save and preserve rare or unusual fruit varieties — trees that may never have commercial value and which may barely cling to existence.

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2:06pm

Tue August 21, 2012
The Salt

Kenya's Answer To Barbecue Is Part Celebration, Part Test Of Manhood

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 8:59 am

Kenyan cook Mwangi grills up nyama choma, which usually involves nearly all the parts of a goat, at the popular Sagret Hotel in Nairobi.
John Burnett NPR

In Nairobi, Kenya, when friends want to celebrate a birthday, the end of bachelorhood or a graduation, they often go out for goat. This communal and culinary tradition in Kenya is called nyama choma — literally, roasted meat. While it's usually goat, some places offer beef, chicken and lamb. If you know where to look, you can even get illegal zebra and and wildebeest meat.

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12:33pm

Tue August 21, 2012
The Salt

Home Brew Petitioners To POTUS: Release The Beer Recipe

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:02 am

President Barack Obama enjoys a beer at The Pump House in Cedar Falls, Iowa, this month, but would you like to know what's in his homebrew? There's a petition for that.
Carolyn Kaster AP

There's a little-known part of the White House website that allows average citizens to create online petitions. And in amongst the weighty requests to end police brutality and allow prescription drugs to be imported, a little item caught our eye: "Release the recipe for the Honey Ale home brewed at the White House."

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12:00pm

Mon August 20, 2012
The Salt

White House Dinner Rewards Kids Who Eat (And Cook) Their Veggies

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:02 am

First Lady Michelle Obama chats with Illana Gonzales-Evans from Washington at the first Kids State Dinner.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

No one said it would be easy to sell kids on quinoa and kale, but an invitation to the White House's first Kids State Dinner today, complete with fresh fruit topiaries and balloon animals, turned out to be just the ticket for some.

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6:48am

Mon August 20, 2012
The Salt

How Much Does A Hamburger Cost? That Depends

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 8:38 am

Crunching the numbers to show the environmental cost of a hamburger isn't easy, and we should know.
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