Who Invented Agriculture First? It Sure Wasn't Humans

Ants in Fiji farm plants and fertilize them with their poop. And they've been doing this for 3 million years, much longer than humans, who began experimenting with farming about 12,000 years ago.

The Favorite Drink Of Italian Grandpas Gets An American Revival

Amaro is considered "grandpa's drink" and a digestive aid in its native Italy, but not stateside, where this centuries-old, bittersweet liqueur has become popular on cocktail menus.

Watermelon War: America's First Booker Prize Novel Takes On Racial Food Slurs

In his belligerently funny novel The Sellout, Paul Beatty eviscerates racial politics in the U.S. by aiming some of his sharpest stabs at that old and vicious shaming device: the food slur.

Some Growers Say Organic Label Will Be Watered Down If It Extends To Hydroponics

The National Organic Standards Board this week plans to decide whether hydroponically grown foods, a water-based model of cultivation, can be sold under the label "certified organic.

Beyond Bagels: Chocolate Babka Bread Pudding From Finagle A Bagel

The combination of easy and delicious is almost as enticing as the combination of chocolate and cinnamon. This recipe has it all!

Here Are 6 Of The Best Bagels We Found Around Boston

We're not just talking about Bagelsaurus. (Although - spoiler alert - it certainly tops the list.) Check out all of these local shops making fresh bagels every day. 

Pairing Wine And Cheese? Science Says White May Be A Better Choice Than Red

A new technique that examines the evolution of taste suggests that the strong flavor of red wine may dominate the taste of some cheeses, while white varieties may be more versatile and refreshing.

Cheering Or Mourning Election Results? Mail-Order Cocktails Head Your Way

As meal kits gain market share, craft cocktail subscription boxes have followed. The kits allow tipplers to explore new drinks and small brands without splashing out for a big bottle of booze.

Hey, Looks Like Americans Are Finally Eating More Fish

Americans are often chastised for what we eat. Now we're getting a pat on the back. A new report finds seafood consumption is up by nearly a pound from the previous year, the biggest leap in 20 years

With GPS And Graph Paper, Farmers Find A-maze-ing Ways To Bring In Cash

Using technology and math, farmers are creating elaborate corn maze designs, from replicas of fine art to Internet kitties. Labyrinths help make ends meet — they yield more cash per acre than crops

In 'Appetites,' Bourdain Pleases The Toughest Food Critic (His 9-Year-Old)

Anthony Bourdain's new cookbook features comfort food he cooks for his young daughter. "She's who I need to please, and if she's not happy, I'm not happy," he says.

A History Of Election Cake And Why Bakers Want To #MakeAmericaCakeAgain

Bakers Susannah Gebhart and Maia Surdam are reviving election cake: a boozy, dense fruitcake that was a way for women to participate in the democratic process before they had the right to vote.

Trick Or Treat? Critics Blast Big Soda's Efforts To Fend Off Taxes

Several U.S. cities have sugary drink taxes on the ballot. As efforts to reduce soda consumption gain traction around the world, critics say the industry is using the tobacco playbook to fight back.

Forget Tomayto/Tomahto: The Real Debate Is, Should It Be Refrigerated?

In the great household debate about refrigerating tomatoes, there's some new scientific evidence on the no-fridge side. But some taste testers are not convinced.

Autumn Flush: The Best Darjeeling Tea You'll (Likely Never) Taste

Darjeeling is the "Champagne of teas," sold by distinct harvest season, or flush. But while many of India's top tea experts point to the autumn flush as their favorite, those teas are largely unknown.

Meal Kits And Chaos: Report Reveals Unsavory Side Of Blue Apron Warehouse

A recent BuzzFeed investigation found Blue Apron had poor, at times violent working conditions for employees.

A Growing Champagne Trend Is Uncorking More Ways To Celebrate

Champagne shouldn't be just for special occasions, says wine writer David White. He explains how to choose it, how to pair it with food and how small growers are changing the industry.

Chill Out: Stress Can Override Benefits Of Healthful Eating

Stress takes a toll on our bodies. And a new study suggests stress can diminish the benefits of more healthful food choices. But experts say a range of strategies can help people cope with stress.

Teen Creates App So Bullied Kids Never Have To Eat Alone

Natalie Hampton knows what it's like to have no one to sit with during school lunch. So she created Sit With Us, an app that helps kids find friendly harbors in the crowd.

What Happens When Yelp Restaurant Reviews Turn Political?

First American Fried Chicken, owned by the family of the suspect in the Manhattan bombings, is the latest eatery to see reviews plummet based on more than food. Some attacks can cross into real life.