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This is Not Your Mother's Vegan Food | WGBH | CRAVING BOSTON

by CHLOE. is changing the vibe of vegan fare in Boston.

Students in 1969 look on as Hobe Beasley, John Hopper and Hopper's wife suspend a hog for finishing the work of scalding and scraping.

Foxfire started as a class project at a Georgia high school in the '60s, but soon became a magazine, then a book, and even a way of teaching about the region's simple, self-sustaining way of life.

A watercolor of a young chef standing before the french flag. She holds scales with black bread and white bread on them.

Anyone who has read or seen Victor Hugo's masterpiece knows the plot turns on the theft of a simple loaf of bread. There was no sharper barometer of economic status in 19th-century France than bread.

Getting kids to eat veggies through subterfuge — say, by sneaking spinach into smoothies -- sets the bar too low, researchers say. Your child must actually learn to like veggies, weird textures and all. (Photo Credit: Alex Reynolds/NPR)

Getting kids to eat veggies through subterfuge – say, spinach smoothies – sets the bar too low, researchers say. Your child must actually learn to like veggies, weird textures and all. Here's how.

La Belle Limonadiere, hand coloured etching (1816)

Tom Nealon's new book searches through patchy historical records to trace subjects like how chocolate helped lead to war in the Caribbean, or the role a grain fungus played in the Crusades.

The Only Sides You Need for Your St. Paddy's Day Dinner | WGBH | CRAVING BOSTON
Easy. Traditional. Delicious. That's what both of these Irish side dishes have in common. But they're so good, they just might make it into your weekly dinner rotation.
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.