NPR Food Podcast
Cheez Whiz Helped Spread Processed Foods. Will It Be...03/29/15
Turns out, the history of Kraft's dull-orange cheese spread says a lot about the processed food industry — and where it might be headed as Kraft and Heinz merge.
Not Just Sugary-Sweet, Hard Cider Makes A Comeback
Cider is the fastest-growing alcoholic beverage in the United States. Much of that growth is driven by big industrial producers, but smaller cider-makers are looking for a larger bite of the apple.
Making Cheese In The Land Of The Bible: Add Myrrh And A Leap Of Faith
Spring in the West Bank means Bedouin herders' ewes and nanny goats are full of milk — and cheese making abounds. The traditional method relies on a few simple ingredients and a long cultural memory.
Guess What Makes The Cut As A 'Smart Snack' In Schools? Hot Cheetos
Frito-Lay has reformulated Flamin' Hot Cheetos to meet new federal nutrition standards for school snacks. That's been a big hit with school kids, but the rules' creators say the snack is still junk.
Was Your Seafood Caught By Slaves? AP Uncovers Unsavory Trade
Some of the seafood that winds up in American grocery stores, in restaurants, even in cat food may have been caught by Burmese slaves, a yearlong investigation by The Associated Press finds.
Heinz And Kraft: Before They Were Food Giants, They Were Men
Henry Heinz was big into pickles before ketchup came along. James Kraft gave the world American cheese. (Ironically, he was Canadian.) Now, two companies that revamped how we eat will become one.
Kraft, Heinz Merger Brings Together Famous Food Brands
The pending $45 billion merger between Kraft and Heinz will create the world's fifth-largest food company. The deal comes as Kraft struggles to keep up with changing consumer tastes.
Vanilla, Nutmeg Spice And Everything Nice On A Zanzibar Farm
Three spices that grow on the island of Zanzibar are so common they might be flavoring your morning cup of coffee. But vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg have very different origins.
'The Katering Show' Reflects The Plight Of Food Intolerance
NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney, hosts of the video series "The Katering Show," about where they find the humor in food and food television shows.
Koreans Have An Insatiable Appetite For Watching Strangers Binge Eat
What's behind the curious food fad of mukbang, or live-streamed broadcasts of people eating endless amounts of food? The genre is so popular in South Korea that its stars pull in $10,000 a month.
Foraging In The Office Fridge: Petty Theft Or Public Service?
A splash of milk for your coffee might pass, but helping yourself to a whole sandwich? Like any controversial office issue, the ethical lines that cut through the fridge aren't so clear.
As Americans Eat Healthier, Processed Foods Starting To Spoil
Kraft Foods recently announced a massive recall of its macaroni and cheese. The company — and the processed food industry in general — are hitting some stressful times.
Both Parties Agree The Food Stamp Program Needs To Change. But How?
Republicans argue the SNAP program would be more efficient if it were run by states. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is funding an initiative to move recipients into jobs.
Pain From The Grain: Corn Belt Towns Languish As Prices Drop
Some farmers won't break even this planting season, and may have to tap into their savings. Many Corn Belt towns depend largely on these farmers and businesses linked to farming.
This Spanish Pig-Slaughtering Tradition Is Rooted In Sustainability
In Spanish villages, townspeople gather at dawn to collectively slaughter a pig, then prepare every last bit as food, even the ears. The ancient ritual, called matanza, is now drawing foodie tourists.
Tea Not For Two (Minutes, That Is)
You'd think the British would have their tea down by now. But The Telegraph says most brew their tea incorrectly, letting it steep for just two minutes instead of at least five.
Do TV Cooking Shows Make Us Fat?
Women who cooked the meals they saw prepared on television weighed more, on average, than those who simply watched, a study shows. The findings challenge the notion that home cooking is always best.
Meet Chef Chane, Ethiopia's Version Of The Infamous 'Soup Nazi'
Like the famously curt broth ladler on Seinfeld, Addis Ababa's Chef Chane is known for serving up both delectable cuisine and insults. He says he learned his vaunted culinary skills in royal kitchens.
The Elixir Du Jour: Bone Broth
Stock or broth? Whatever you call it, it's having its moment. Food commentator Bonny Wolf explains the hottest ancient trendy drink.
The Fate Of The World's Chocolate Depends On This Spot In Rural England
Cocoa is unusually susceptible to disease. Every year, a third of the crop is destroyed, even as the appetite for chocolate grows. That's why the world needs the International Cocoa Quarantine Centre.
- Washington, DC