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What Happens When Yelp Restaurant Reviews Turn Political?

Until Sept. 19, if diners had wanted to see Yelp reviews for Elizabeth, N.J., restaurant First American Fried Chicken, they would have found just two of them, praising the food, wide selection and late hours. Now, the majority of reviews give the restaurant one star, refer to the owners as "terrorists," talk about "72 virgin bucket specials" and mention — repeatedly — that their chicken is "the bomb."

  • September 22, 2016

Teen Creates App So Bullied Kids Never Have To Eat Alone

You're at a cafeteria, you've got your lunch ... and then you just don't know where to sit. You don't want to sit alone, but you also don't know who would be friendly and let you sit with them. Sixteen-year-old Natalie Hampton has been there. She's an 11th-grader from Sherman Oaks, Calif., and the creator of a new app called Sit With Us.

Hampton spoke about the app with All Things Considered Host Audie Cornish. A transcript of their conversation follows, edited for clarity.

  • September 15, 2016

The Largest Local Sampling of Food and Wine Happens This Weekend

The Taste of WGBH Food & Wine Festival is here! We've introduced you to many of the players. Now it's time to get excited for the big event, and if you haven't already, get your tickets today!

The Largest Local Display of Food & Wine Happens This Weekend | WBGH | CRAVING BOSTON

This year's Taste of WGBH Food & Wine Festival has arrived. The largest collection of chefs, wineries, breweries, and purveyors of all things delicious will be gathered at the WGBH headquarters for a weekend of exploration and indulgence. There’s so much to experience at this year’s festival:

Want to try the best products from the state of Vermont? You won't want to miss the Vermont Marketplace with sample goods from 14 Green Mountain State artisans including Cellars at Jasper Hill!

  • September 14, 2016

Don't Call It 'The New Ramen': Why Pho Is Central To Vietnamese Identity

Don't Call It 'The New Ramen': Why Pho Is Central To Vietnamese Identity | WGBH | Craving Boston

I fell for pho in Saigon in 1974, when I was 5 years old. When my family came to America in 1975, my mom satisfied our family's cravings for the aromatic beef noodle soup with homemade batches, served on Sundays after morning Mass. As Vietnamese expatriates, we savored pho as a very special food, a gateway to our cultural roots. When we didn't have pho at home, we went out for it in Orange County, California's Little Saigon, patronizing mom-and-pop shops that welcomed us with the perfume of pho broth.

  • September 13, 2016

Local Pastry Heavyweights Weigh In On Katharine Hepburn's Brownie Recipe

If you want a brownie recipe, open just about any cookbook or food blog. But if you want to know what local pastry chefs think about Katharine Hepburn’s brownie recipe, look no further. 

Local Pastry Heavyweights Weigh In On Katharine Hepburn's Brownie Recipe | WGBH | CRAVING BOSTON

There’s certainly no shortage of brownie recipes in the world. In fact, one simple Pinterest search produces about a million results – everything from “ultimate brownies” to “s’mores brownies” (I can get on board with that) to “healthy zucchini brownies” (huh?) to “red velvet brownies with cream cheese frosting” (not brownies, if you ask me).

  • September 7, 2016

WGBH Food and Wine Fest Feature: Green Mountain State Takes Boston

Until the festival begins on September 15th, we'll be introducing you to the chefs, restaurants, wineries, and brewers that will bring local flavor to the big event. 

WGBH Food and Wine Fest Feature: Green Mountains State Takes Boston | WGBH | Craving Boston

Clearly, we love our Boston Chefs and culinary covey from around the state. While Massachusetts boasts a wonderful food culture with plenty of award-winning chefs and producers, Vermont undoubtedly holds a certain magical connotation. If you’ve ever been to the Green Mountain State, you know that the air is clean, the skiing is amazing, and some of the best food crafters and brewers in the country call it home.

  • August 19, 2016

From Darkroom To Kitchen: A Time Capsule Of Recipes From Midcentury Photographers

From Darkroom To Kitchen: A Time Capsule Of Recipes From Midcentury Photographers | WGBH | Craving Boston

In 1977, Deborah Barsel, a bored assistant registrar at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, N.Y., decided to try a fun side project. She would create a cookbook made up of recipes and images from famous photographers of the day. She sent letters to various artists and put an ad in the museum's magazine asking for submissions. In return, she received 120 photos, recipes and even a postcard from urban photographer John Gossage saying simply: "I eat out."

  • August 16, 2016

Creamed, Canned And Frozen: How The Great Depression Revamped U.S. Diets

Creamed, Canned And Frozen: How The Great Depression Revamped U.S. Diets | WGBH | Craving Boston

Do people think about food more in times of scarcity than in times of plenty? Married culinary historians Jane Ziegelman and Andy Coe think so. Ziegelman and Coe are the authors of A Square Meal, which examines the impact of the country's decade-long Great Depression on American diets.

Ziegelman tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that the Depression was one of the "most important food moments" in U.S. history. Coe agrees: "The Great Depression was a time when Americans had food front and foremost in their minds and were worrying about it every day."

  • August 15, 2016

Master Chef Turns Leftovers Into Fine Dining For Brazil's Hungry

Master Chef Turns Leftovers Into Fine Dining For Brazil's Hungry | WGBH | Craving Boston

It's a soup kitchen fit for kings and queens.

And that is exactly the way internationally famous chef Massimo Bottura wants it. The aim of this new venture, though, is different: It's a gourmet soup kitchen that uses leftovers to feed the less fortunate.

When you walk into Bottura's latest culinary temple, it would not be out of place in his home city of Modena, Italy, the location of his Michelin three-star restaurant Osteria Francescana.

  • August 14, 2016

The Colony-Killing Mistake Backyard Beekeepers Are Making

The Colony-Killing Mistake Backyard Beekeepers Are Making | WGBH | Craving Boston

Jonathan Garaas has learned a few things in three seasons of backyard beekeeping: Bees are fascinating. They're complicated. And keeping them alive is not easy.

Every two weeks, the Fargo, N.D., attorney opens the hives to check the bees and search for varroa mites, pests that suck the bees' blood and can transmit disease. If he sees too many of the pinhead-sized parasites, he applies a chemical treatment.

  • August 12, 2016

You Can Eat It Here And There: Green Eggs And Ham Are Everywhere (On Menus)

You Can Eat It Here And There: Green Eggs And Ham Are Everywhere (On Menus) | WGBH | Craving Boston

It's hard to blame the hero of Dr. Seuss' famous Green Eggs and Ham — which turns 56 this month — for being suspicious of the title dish. The illustrated lump of green meat and two eggs with alien yolks would look off-putting to the most adventurous eaters. Yet decades after Theodor Geisel's beloved children's book was first published, chefs across the United States are tickled by the idea of putting the infamous dish on their menus.

Would you eat it with some kale? Would the thought turn diners pale?

  • August 9, 2016

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