Food & Food Culture


Wed October 8, 2014
The Salt

Restaurants Shave Calories Off New Menu Items

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 10:22 am

A sign displaying calorie counts is seen in a Subway restaurant in New York City in 2008. A yet-to-be-finalized federal rule requiring big chain restaurants to post calorie counts has likely led eateries to tweak their menus.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Last month we reported that big food retailers have eliminated billions of calories from the packaged foods they sell in supermarkets.

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Tue October 7, 2014
The Salt

Eating Comfort Foods May Not Be So Comforting After All

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 3:01 pm

Feeling blue? That may not be a great excuse to tuck into some mac and cheese.

For many of us, chicken soup can soothe the soul and mac and cheese can erase a bad day. We eat chocolate when we feel gloomy, or when we've been in the presence of a Dementor. And we eat chocolate ice cream to help us get over a bad breakup.

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Tue October 7, 2014
The Salt

The 'Sioux Chef' Is Putting Pre-Colonization Food Back On The Menu

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 3:03 pm

Sherman is still experimenting with the type of food he'll serve in the restaurant. Recently he made this walleye filet with sumac and maple sugar, a white bean and smoked walleye croquette and toasted hominy.
Becca Dilley Courtesy of

Like most chefs, Sean Sherman practically lives in the kitchen. But in his spare time, this member of the Oglala Lakota tribe has been on a quest to identify the foods his ancestors ate on the Great Plains before European settlers appeared on the scene. After years of researching and experimenting with "pre-colonization" foods, he's preparing to open a restaurant in the Twin Cities this winter that showcases those foods, reborn for contemporary palates.

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Mon October 6, 2014
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: PB&J Balls

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 1:59 pm

More convenient than a PB&J, unless you're eating them on an incline.

Certain foods are supposed to be spheres: Cocoa Puffs; gum balls; eggs (if your chicken is broken). The folks at Welch's have spherified the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and if they're allowed to do that, we're allowed to make up the word spherified.

Ian: It looks like they came out of a PB&Rabbit.

Miles: Finally, a way for me to shove an entire sandwich in my mouth without attracting unwanted attention.

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Sat October 4, 2014
The Salt

Two For One: Subsidies Help Food Stamp Recipients Buy Fresh Food

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 6:14 am

Tokens representing $1, which can be used specifically for fresh fruits and vegetables, are displayed at a Electronic Benefits Transfer, or food stamp, station in the GrowNYC Greenmarket in Union Square on September 18, 2013 in New York City.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

The U.S. Department of Agriculture just announced that $31.5 million is now available as grants to programs that help make farm-fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable for families who rely on food stamps.

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