Food & Food Culture

2:04pm

Tue August 7, 2012
The Salt

Outsourced Croissants Outrage Traditional French Bakers

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:07 am

A woman walks into Boulangerie Cauvet in Paris, where they still make croissants from scratch.
Eleanor Beardsley NPR

There's always a line at the Boulangerie Cauvet on the corner of rue St. Charles in Paris's 15th district. In their family owned bakery, Esmeralda Cauvet and her husband Cyril sell around 800 croissants and 3,500 baguettes a day.

In the kitchen, head pastry maker Pierre Gibert still rolls his croissants from triangular strips of dough. "The key to a good croissant is good ingredients and a high quality dough. You have to knead it, let it rise and roll it a second time in butter. That's what gives a croissant its flaky quality," Gibert says.

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11:34am

Tue August 7, 2012
The Salt

Paleo Diet Blogger Sues State For Trying To Regulate His Advice

What happens when the First Amendment and paleo diet advice collide?
svariophoto iStockphoto.com

The paleolithic diet has sparked plenty of discussion in the nutrition world (and on this web site) in the last few months. Lots of people are looking for advice on how to get in on this meat and vegetable-centric way of eating that claims inspiration from the simple wild foods a hunter-gatherer might have been lucky to find.

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5:03am

Tue August 7, 2012
It's All Politics

On The Road In Florida: Hard Times, Politics And Smoked Bat

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 1:04 pm

NPR's Selena Simmons-Duffin breaks years of vegetarianism to eat a barbequed fruit bat.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Hot Rod's BBQ is hard to miss in somewhat sleepy Lutz, Fla. The yard is littered with folksy, hand-painted sculptures and signs. There's a ramshackle front porch and smoke billowing out the side.

When I walked in, I was a vegetarian. But then I ate the fruit bat.

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1:23am

Tue August 7, 2012
The Salt

Presidential Foods And What They Say About Our Leaders

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:09 am

Boiling lemon rinds for President Harding's lemon pineapple fruit punch, called a squall.
Taji Marie NPR

President Bill Clinton famously loved doughnuts on the campaign trail, and we've told you about current GOP candidate Mitt Romney's affection for serving the press corps Jimmy John's subs. But what do our past presidents and the presidential wannabes' food choices say about them?

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1:15pm

Mon August 6, 2012
The Salt

Three Ways Lucille Ball Ruled When She Played With Food

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:08 am

Vivian Vance and Lucille Ball ham it up at the chocolate factory in a famous food-centric episode of "I Love Lucy."
CBS AP

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