Daily Digest: April 14, 2014

buffet

 

​Should men have to shell out more cash at an all-you-can-eat buffet? [The Atlantic

 

What really causes skunky beer, and how you can steer clear of those unappealing flavors. [LAT]

 

Matzo may fall short on flavor, but it packs a hugely satisfying crunch. [NPR]

 

Coming to a supermarket near you: coffee flour, the latest in alternative baking products. [Discover Magazine]

 

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JBF on the Air: Coffee with Dan Shafer

Dan Shafer of Crop to Cup on Taste Matters

 

On this week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis perked things up with a show devoted to coffee, featuring Crop to Cup's Dan Shafer. As the company's director of operations, Dan sources high-quality, sustainable coffees for buyers who value authentic connections to the farm. To learn more about growing communities, direct trade models, how terroir affects flavor, and tips for buying, storing, grinding, and even roasting your own beans, listen to the full episode.

 

Taste Matters is a radio program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary phenomenon.... Read more >

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Daily Digest: March 20, 2014

candy

 

A new study shows how your kids' sweet tooth may be rooted in an evolutionary advantage. [NPR]

 

It's not just coffee anymore: thousands of Starbucks store will soon include an evening menu that includes alcohol and light bites. [Chicago Tribune]

 

Want to rear and harvest your own edible bugs? There's a DIY kit for that. [Wired]

 

Once a custom-made food for macrobiotic eaters like John Lennon, the veggie burger is now mainstream. Here's how it achieved mass appeal. [Smithsonian

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Daily Digest: March 13, 2014

five-second rule

 

 A British microbiologist gives credence to the five-second rule. [Grub Street]

 

Stonyfield introduces new edible frozen yogurt packaging. [LAT]

 

Twelve bartenders spill on the the best dive bars around the country. [First We Feast]

 

Toms shoes are tiptoeing into a new business: coffee. [Chicago Tribune]

 

What does it take to turn food waste into fuel? Trillions of industrious bacteria. [... Read more >

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Daily Digest: March 9, 2014

Coffee

 

For a better night's sleep, track and limit your caffeine consumption with the new Up Coffee app. [LAT]

 

Late-night eating webcasts, or mokbang, are a hit in South Korea. [WSJ]

 

A glimpse into the daily diets of people around the world. [Wired]

 

Chemicals used in the production of disposable chopsticks have raised health concerns. [... Read more >

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Daily Digest: March 5, 2014

beer

 

This beautiful infographic could help you find your new favorite beer. [Deadspin]

 

Remember Watson, the supercomputer that conquered Jeopardy! a couple of years ago? It's back, and it's creating novel recipes for a new food truck. [NPR]

 

Here's a conveyor-belt sushi set for children. [Kotaku]

 

A plea for American cheesemakers to stop imitating Europe and come up with unique names for their products. [Slate]

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Daily Digest: March 3, 2014

Street Food

 

Tips for eating like the ultimate local from a Moroccan street-food expert. [Zester

 

Don't get suckered into buying more than one beer glass—you really just need one. [LAT]

 

Calling all coffee lovers: consuming caffeine before your next cardio routine may actually improve performance level. [Scientific American

 

Think you like aged cheese? Archaeologists in China recently uncovered some 3,600-year-old fromage. [Daily Meal]

 

Surprising things you didn't know about 7-Up... Read more >

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Daily Digest: February 11, 2014

coffee

 

American teenagers are increasingly hopped up on caffeine. [NPR]

 

Chart: people who actually like white chocolate and where they live. [Quartz]

 

Canadian athletes can swipe their passports to get a free beer a the Olympics. [USA Today]

 

How to make khinkali and khachapuri, two of Sochi's signature dishes. [Smithsonian]

 

The latest in freaky Doritos spawn: "Doritos Loaded," inspired by... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 30, 2014

Sugar

 

Is sugar the new future in gasoline? [Wired]

 

Cooking helps the economy: by legalizing the sale of homemade food in California, the state created over a thousand local business. [Forbes

 

Move over, Cronut: there's a new hybrid in town. Meet the doughscuit. [NPR]

 

College loans aren't the only worry for students: a new study shows food insecurity is, too. [Time]

 

The U.N. dispatches food aid to rebel-held refugee camp after 85... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 15, 2014

beer

 

Budding brewers and winemakers may want to consider a degree in fermentation science, now on offer at Appalachian State University. [Atlantic]

 

The latest in Instagram memes: farmer selfies, a.k.a. "felfies." [Modern Farmer]

 

In light of the looming Velveeta shortage, here's a comprehensive history of "Kraft's liquid gold." [Smithsonian]

 

Europeans are eating more chocolate, adding to global demand that's already outpacing supply. [WSJ]

 

Bartenders aren't spared from California's new food... Read more >

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