Rhitu Chatterjee

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Giant Prehistoric Penguins Once Swam Off The Coast Of New Zealand

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Scientists have uncovered the fossil of an ancestral penguin off the east coast of New Zealand. It was one of the earliest known species of penguin and also one of the largest.


A Classic Chinese-American Dish Takes On A Mexican Flair

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Jocko Fajardo grew up in Arizona eating Mexican food. But his go-to comfort dish is a Chinese-American classic with a little Mexican thrown in. He tells us how the dish came to his family.


The Aroma Of Rice And Barberries Takes Her Back Home To Iran

Thursday, July 27, 2017

When Yasaman Alavi misses Iran, she puts up a pot of rice and adds saffron water and barberries for a Persian twist. The smell of zereshk polow makes her feel as if she's back home.


'Khichuri': An Ancient Indian Comfort Dish With A Global Influence

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Also called khichri, the dish goes back centuries and is universally loved across South Asia. It is also considered the ancestor of the British kedgeree and Egyptian koshary.


The African Roots Of A Classic Southern Dish

Thursday, July 13, 2017

It's a dish that Dadisi Olutosin ate as a kid in Atlanta. As an adult he discovered its international roots and came up with a recipe that's true to his mother — and the culinary heritage of collards.


This Soviet-Era Cookie Is Filled With Sweetness Amid Scarcity

Thursday, July 06, 2017

With many foods in short supply, Soviet bakers had to be creative. And while the U.S.S.R. is gone now, the walnut-shaped oreshki cookie endures. Russian ex-pat Alina Selyukh shows us how to make them.


This Filipino Dish Is So Good It Might Make You Sing

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Like many girls around the world, Wilma Consul had kitchen duty growing up in the Philippines — and resented it. But today making a childhood dish brings back fond family memories.


Artist Sets Futuristic Dinner Party In World Reshaped By Rising Seas

Sunday, April 16, 2017

How will our diets shift as climate change causes sea-level rise and coastal flooding? Photographer Allie Wist attempts to answer that with pictures of an imagined "post-sea-level-rise dinner party."


Kids Who Suffer Hunger In First Years Lag Behind Their Peers In School

Thursday, March 23, 2017

When infants and young kids grow up in homes without enough to eat, they're more likely to perform poorly in kindergarten, a study shows. The younger they experienced hunger, the stronger the effect.


Some Neanderthals Were Vegetarian — And They Likely Kissed Our Human Ancestors

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

A new study of the dental plaques of three Neanderthals reveals surprising facts about their lives, including what they ate, the diseases that ailed them and how they self-medicated (and smooched).


What's The Environmental Footprint Of A Loaf Of Bread? Now We Know

Monday, February 27, 2017

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.


For People With Developmental Disabilities, Food Work Means More Self Reliance

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Finding a job and building a life of their own can be a monumental challenge for people with developmental disabilities. But food work can be a good fit for many of them.


To Cook A Holiday Turkey in Kolkata, It Takes A Village, 2 Butchers And 3 Cabs

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Turkeys aren't native to India. But these days in Kolkata, you can buy a turkey for your Christmas dinner. But cooking a holiday turkey can still send you on a surreal adventure.


How A Student From India Fell In Love With Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

She'd come to the U.S. for grad school. She was lonely and homesick. Then came Thanksgiving.


Across The Globe, Our Diets Are Making Us Sicker, Report Finds

Saturday, October 08, 2016

The good news: fewer hungry people around the world. The bad news: Increased consumption of processed foods is pushing up global rates of overweight and obesity.


Sugar Shocked? The Rest Of Food Industry Pays For Lots Of Research, Too

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A recent study revealed the sugar industry's efforts 50 years ago to shape medical opinion on how sugar affects health. But today, scores of companies continue to fund food and nutrition studies.


In This Globe-Trotting Dessert, Many Immigrants Find A Taste Of Home

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Many Asian countries have a version of a multi-layered, milk-based snack called falooda. Now, a mother-daughter pair with roots in Myanmar have brought this global dessert to Washington, D.C.


Where Did Agriculture Begin? Oh Boy, It's Complicated

Friday, July 15, 2016

Scientists have long assumed that farming began among one group in the Mideast. But a new study suggests a more diverse origin story.


Want Kids To Eat More Veggies? Market Them With Cartoons

Thursday, July 07, 2016

The food industry has long marketed highly processed products to kids with characters like Tony the Tiger. But similar tactics can also work to sway school kids to eat more vegetables, a study finds.


Young Immigrants Can Identify With Mindy Kaling's 'Coconut' Crisis

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

That's brown on the outside, white on the inside. A recent episode of The Mindy Project led our writer to think about her identity as an Indian living in America.