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I thought I knew what a food book was. It's a cookbook, maybe a food history tome, or a chef's memoir, right? Think again. Ben Denzer’s edible book 20 Slices of American Cheese brings new meaning to the term. Thanks Ben. And thank you to India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi for repealing three misguided agriculture laws and ending a year of bloody protests. Score one for rice farmers. In other food news, Consumer Reports has found high levels of heavy metals in common herbs and spices like oregano. To be safe, grow your own. And you might want to ditch a few avocados for fava beans in your guacamole. The delicious nutritious Instagram darlings have lost ground in the carbon footprint wars. But plant-based meat is still winning. A new survey of studies shows that, yes, it is better for the environment. Mushrooms are winning too, especially at this Jersey Shore BBQ joint where they're smoked, seared and served alongside house-made snags (that's Aussie for sausages).
VIDEO: Australian Pitmasters Bring Aussie BBQ To The Jersey Shore
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At Wildwoods BBQ in New Jersey, Australian chefs David Gill and Joel Romano don't just toss shrimp on the barbie. They make smoked shrimp sausage. Instead of baby backs slathered in BBQ sauce, they smoke the ribs, fry them, toss them in sauce and top them with a crunchy blend of nuts and spices. Watch to see how the Aussies flavor and smoke briskets, mushrooms, cauliflower, and more.
Esquire Releases 2021 List Of 40 Best New Restaurants In America
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This year, fire and char captured the imaginations of Esquire's editors. Stunning vegan dishes also made the grade. Four hungry reporters deliver their largest lineup ever of notable new eateries from New York and Los Angeles to San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, Miami, Houston, Birmingham, New Orleans, Hawaii, and more. It's almost enough to put a dent in DoorDash's business.
Researchers Analyze How Climate Change Will Affect The Taste Of Coffee
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High elevation and lots of shade create the best-tasting coffee. That allows the beans to ripen slowly and develop more flavor. What's happening as the planet warms? Can these growing conditions be maintained? To find out, scientists from Tufts University and Montana State University analyzed more than 70 studies. They concluded that nothing can be done about warming temps at high elevations. But to preserve shade-grown crops, growth canopies can limit sun exposure and help improve flavor in coffee beans.
Avocados Lose Their Halo: Why Chefs Are Ditching The Popular Fruit
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Rich, creamy, nutritious avocados are so popular that producing enough to meet demand is becoming unsustainable. A single avocado can take up to 320 liters (85 gallons) of water to grow and once shipped, its carbon footprint is three times higher than that of a banana. From the UK to the US and Canada, chefs have taken note, replacing avocados in creamy dishes with everything from green peas and fava beans to pistachios and pumpkin seed butter.
After A Year Of Protests, Modi Finally Caves In To Farmers’ Demands
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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the repeal of three agriculture laws passed in September 2020. Meant to modernize the country's agricultural industry, the new laws eliminated government support for India's farmers. Thousands took to the streets and hundreds died during a year of fervent protest. While some farmers hail the repeal as a victory, others continue to demand legislation that guarantees a minimum price for their crops.
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Kellogg’s Faces $5 Million Lawsuit For Lack Of Strawberries In Pop-Tarts
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Strawberry Pop-Tarts contain 2% or less of "dried strawberries, dried pears, dried apples" and "red 40.” Fed up with the deception, Anita Harris filed a $5 million class-action lawsuit against Kellogg's. Harris claims the company is misleading consumers by promoting the strawberries in Pop-Tarts when, in reality, it's mostly other dried fruit and red food dye. I guess Kellogg's Pop-Tarts aren't so "crazy good" after all.
Popular Herbs And Spices Are High In Heavy Metals, Tests Show
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A Consumer Reports analysis found that one-third of 126 common herbs and spices contained high enough levels of arsenic, cadmium, and lead to raise health concerns. Major brands like McCormick and Whole Foods were included. Levels varied among brands, but thyme and oregano were consistently high in heavy metals, which can effect brain development and central nervous system functioning if overconsumed. Tests also revealed the herbs and spices lowest in heavy metals: black pepper, white pepper, coriander, curry powder, garlic powder, saffron, and sesame seeds.
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The Edible Book: Ben Denzer’s 20 Slices of American Cheese
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Is it a book? Is it an art object? Does it need to be refrigerated? These are among the questions asked of 20 Slices of American Cheese created by book designer Ben Denzer. The unnaturally yellow cloth-bound book/art object is currently on display in New York University's virtual exhibition, The Interactive Book. Denzer also created a bound mortadella collection called 20 Slices of Meat, begging the question, what is a food book?
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