Food & Food Culture

1:30am

Tue August 14, 2012
The Salt

Crayfish Go On The Menu To Restore Lake Tahoe's Blue Hue

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 9:30 am

A commercially harvested crayfish from Lake Tahoe near Incline Village, Nev., in July.
Max Whittaker Prime for NPR

1:40pm

Mon August 13, 2012
The Salt

From A British King To Rock 'N Roll: The Slippery History Of Eel Pie Island

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

F. Cooke's, one of the few remaining places to get eel pie in London.
Davia Nelson NPR

We were in London, searching for Hidden Kitchen stories, when we came upon an Eel Pie & Mash shop. It was full of old white marble tables, tile walls, pots of stewed and jellied eels, and piles of pies. These shops are now a dying breed, along with the eels they serve. Our search for the source of these vanishing eels led us to southwest London — to Eel Pie Island, a tiny slice of land with a flamboyant history that stretches from Henry the VIII to the Rolling Stones.

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1:28am

Mon August 13, 2012
The Salt

Got Heartburn? Maybe You Should Rethink Your Drink

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:05 am

A waitress delivers a coffee and beer in Medellin, Colombia, in this 2010 file photo. Both drinks can trigger acid reflux.
Raul Arboleda AFP/Getty Images

Many of us experience heartburn, or reflux, from time to time — and when we do, we're quick to point the finger at heavy, fatty meals. But that burning, uncomfortable feeling may also be the result of what we're drinking: namely, coffee and other caffeinated beverages, and alcohol.

"Alcohol has a direct effect" on heartburn, says Kevin Ghassemi, a gastroenterologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. "Temporarily, of course."

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6:33am

Sun August 12, 2012
The Salt

On The Road To Olympic Gold, Kenyan Marathoners Fuel Up On Carbs

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 9:38 am

Every day at 9 a.m. sharp in Iten, Kenya, 200 or so runners train on the dirt roads surrounding the town.
John Burnett NPR

For a couple of days last month, I ate the same foods as some of the fastest people on the planet — the Kenyans.

I stayed at the same hotel and ate in the same dining room as the Kenya Olympic Marathon team while working on a radio story about how this impoverished nation produces some of the best endurance runners in the world.

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6:58am

Sat August 11, 2012
The Salt

Summer Lobster Surplus Leads To Cross-Border Price War Between Trappers

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 9:38 am

Blockades set up by lobster trappers in Canada have disrupted Maine's lobster business.
Robert F Bukaty AP

You might imagine a war between lobster trappers to be something like this battle of the lobsters. OK, not really. Still, the price war heating up between the fishing folk in Maine and Canada this summer is bringing everybody down.

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