All Posts

From field to bakery, a loaf of bread packs a measurable environmental punch.

New research calculates the greenhouse gas emissions involved in making bread, from wheat field to bakery. The vast majority of emissions come from one step in the process: farming.

An artist's illustration shows how a remote-controlled drone might one day be used to pollinate flowers.

Honeybees are a critical part of agriculture, pollinating many of our favorite crops. But bee deaths are on the rise. In Japan, scientists are testing whether insect-sized drones can help do the job.

Mirza Luqman Effendy of Brewphobia in South Jakarta prepares coffee for a cupping session. (Photo Credit: Yosef Riadi for NPR)

Big changes are brewing in the country's coffee industry, as demand from a rising middle class fuels entrepreneurship and connoisseurship.

From happy Neolithic-era accident to inspiration for student protests to tabletop staple, butter has had quite the ride over the past 10,000 years. A new book tells the story. (Photo Credit: Lew Rovertson/Getty Images/StockFood)

From accidental discovery to 18th century Harvard protests, butter has a long and surprising history. 

A sample CSA Box from Farmers to You

It doesn't matter if you're vegan, paleo or an unrepentant carnivore – we've got the CSA for you!

L.A. Burdick Hot Chocolate

Before all the snow melts and the weather turns warm, take advantage of the chocolatey treat-in-a-mug at one of these six stand-out spots. 

Medhu vadai, with chutneys and sambhar (a lentil-based gravy).

Love can come from where you least expect it. And while a girl learns from her grandmother how to make her favorite Indian breakfast treat, she finds that food, family and love are often intertwined.

Illustration Credit: Alex Reynolds/NPR

Those all-too-common lists of cheap places to eat are part of a broader restaurant culture that devalues immigrant labor and ignores the consequences, says commentator and restaurateur Diep Tran.

New York City's Blue Hill restaurant is the biggest buyer of "Habanadas," a habanero bred to be heatless, so the focus is on its melon-like flavor. (Photo Courtesy: Blue Hill)

Some breeders vie to grow ever more mouth-burning peppers. The guy behind the Habanada had a different goal: a habanero with no heat all. The aromatic, melon-like result is winning over top chefs.

Braving Chinatown In A Nor'easter I WGBH I Craving Boston

Even heavy snow won't keep Elisha Siegel away from some of his Chinatown favorites.

Farmers Gualberto Casanova (left) and Dionisio Yam Moo stand among young corn plants in Yam Moo's improved milpa plot. (Photo Credit: Gabriel Popkin)

Climate change has brought erratic rainfall and poor harvests to Mexico's Yucatán peninsula, forcing local Mayan farmers to modernize their centuries-old farming practices.

Worshipful female followers fought for the Mad Monk's leftover bread crusts. His infamous sweet tooth led to his death. Or did it? A century later, rumors about Grigori Rasputin, Russia's czarina whisperer, still swirl. (Photo Credit: RGALI/Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Worshipful female followers fought for the Mad Monk's leftover bread crusts. His infamous sweet tooth led to his death. Or did it? A century later, rumors about Russia's czarina whisperer still swirl.

Meet the Dessert Equivalent of Love at First Sight | WGBH | CRAVING BOSTON
Sometimes in life, things are just obvious. Like the desire for Crepe Cake. What might not be so obvious is how easy it can be to make.
U.S. chef Mathew Peters (center), celebrates on the podium with teammates after winning the "Bocuse d'Or" trophy, in Lyon. (Photo Credit: Laurent Cipriani/AP)

The competition pits 24 chefs against each other and is billed as the "most demanding and prestigious reward in world gastronomy," started by legendary French chef Paul Bocuse.

So You Want To Open A Restaurant: This Advice Will Give You A Puncher's Chance I WGBH I Craving Boston

Elisha Siegel explores the challenging world of restaurant ownership and finds out it can be a real slugfest.

Mamaleh's, I'm Coming Home | WGBH | CRAVING BOSTON

The Yiddish word "haimish" means"home-like, friendly, folksy" and that's just what you'll get at this modern take on all things deli-kitsch. That, and the most delicious pastrami this side of NY. 

Dr. Daniel Nadeau gives Allison Scott tips on getting kids to eat healthy at Ralph's Supermarket in Huntington Beach, Calif. (Photo Credit: David Gorn)

Treating people through nutrition is not a new idea, but it's making inroads as more medical professionals make meals a formal part of care, rather than relying solely on medications.

Cage-free chickens walk in a fenced pasture at an organic farm near Waukon, Iowa. (Photo Credit: Charlie Neibergall/AP)

It took years of heated debate, but the federal government has finally decided just how much living space an organic chicken should have.

Marie-Antoine Carême began his hardscrabble life in Paris during the French Revolution, but eventually his penchant for design and his baking talent brought him fame and fortune. (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Marie-Antoine Carême died 184 years ago today. But in his short lifetime, he would forever revolutionize French haute cuisine and gain worldwide fame. Some of his concepts are still in use.

Seaweed is plentiful and grows rapidly, and most of it is safe to eat. People have been harvesting seaweed for thousands of years, but now it's become so popular, you can even take a class. (Photo Credit: Joy Lanzendorfer for NPR)

Ocean algae is plentiful and grows rapidly, and most of it is safe to eat. People have been harvesting seaweed for thousands of years, but now it's become so popular, you can even take a class.

Get On Island Time With Dorchester's Caribbean Fare I WGBH I Craving Boston

With a bad case of Winter Blues, Elisha Siegel travels to Dorchester to sample from the neighborhood's best West Indian spots.

Spice Up Dinner with this Red Lentil Stew | CRAVING BOSTON | WGBH
Warm. Hearty. Easy. And, yes, even healthy. This spiced red lentil dish packs all the warmth and comfort of a slow-cooked stew into a weeknight-friendly vegetarian meal.
CRAVING BOSTON | WGBH

Make reservations, not ham. From a comfortable beer bar to a classic castle, your choices for eating out on Christmas go far beyond the obvious.

Pages