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Every few months we dedicate our Friday shows to all things food. We'll look at food through a variety of lenses—culinary, social, cultural, political, and talk to chefs, restaurant critics, food writers. We'll also have recipes, cooking tips, how-to demonstrations.

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Gail Simmons Takes Us Behind the Scenes at 'Top Chef'

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Top Chef judge talks about her career in food and how the show has influenced the way we talk—and think—about food.

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Why Do We Waste So Much Food and How Can We Stop?

Friday, October 17, 2014

And one-third of the food we grow in this country is never eaten. Elizabeth Royte talks about the high rate or wasted food and what can be done about it.

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Farms, Factories, and the Fate of Our Food System

Friday, October 17, 2014

Ted Genoways examines the state of the meatpacking industry, and how it affects animal welfare, food safety, and the health and safety of those who work on the line in processing plants.

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Where Does the Word Ketchup Come From? And Other Questions on the Language of Food

Friday, October 17, 2014

For this week’s Please Explain, linguist Dan Jurafsky tells us about the language of food—from the origins of ketchup to the words we use to describe food.

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Dan Pashman on Chip Dipping, Soggy Sandwiches, and How to Eat More Better

Friday, October 10, 2014

The host of The Sporkful podcast analyzes everyday foods and finds ways to make every bite more delicious.

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One Chef’s Appetite for the Extreme

Friday, October 10, 2014

Jesse Schenker comes clean about his tumultuous past and how he overcame drug addiction and dangerous obsessions to become an acclaimed chef and restaurateur.

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Many Varieties of Seeds Are Becoming Extinct. Meet Two People Who Are Bringing Them Back.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Decades ago, as agriculture became centralized, seeds were selected for yield, and many varieties nearly went extinct.

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What Are Your Favorite Cookbooks?

Friday, October 03, 2014

Melissa Clark talks about which cookbooks are her favorites and invites you to share yours!

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How to Be a Restaurant Reviewer

Friday, October 03, 2014

Pete Wells, New York Times restaurant critic, and Sam Sifton, the New York Times food editor and former restaurant reviewer, explain the ins and outs of being a restaurant critic.

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How to Bake the Perfect Loaf of Bread

Friday, October 03, 2014

Samuel Fromartz describes his quest to hone his breadmaking skills and his knowledge of bread, from seed to flour to the biochemistry of sourdough. 

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Come Hungry: Calvin Trillin's Eating Tour of Lower Manhattan

Friday, October 03, 2014

The New Yorker writer tells us about his annual walking tour through the West Village, Soho, Little Italy and Chinatown, which includes stops at favorite eateries.

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Mercury Rising: Which Fish - and How Much - Is Safe to Eat

Friday, September 26, 2014

Eating too much fish could mean consuming too much mercury. On this week's Please Explain, an experts from Consumer Reports tell us which fish is safest, which to avoid.

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Ever Wonder How the Hotel Astor Served their Virginia Ham in February, 1933?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Wonder no more. The New York Public Library just released 17,389 historic New York City menus online. If you're planning a throwback dinner party, here's your resource. 

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Cooking For Your Family With America's Test Kitchen

Friday, September 26, 2014

Feeding your family doesn't have to be stressful or boring. Here's how to make it fun and delicious. 

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Recipe: America's Test Kitchen's Skillet Apple Crisp

Friday, September 26, 2014

This is the perfect dessert for apple-picking season. ATK recommends Golden Delicious apples in this recipe, but Honeycrisp or Braeburn apples also work well.

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Recipe: America's Test Kitchen's Pumpkin Bread

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pumpkin bread made with cream cheese and buttermilk.

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Recipe: America's Test Kitchen's Oven-Baked Buffalo Wings

Friday, September 26, 2014

For this barroom classic, ATK set out to ditch the deep fryer but still turn out wings that wouldn’t disappoint.

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Eating Around the World on Your Metrocard: Poland

Friday, September 26, 2014

In this week’s installment of our series Eating Around the World on a Metrocard, we go to the Nassau Avenue stop on the G train to the Polish restaurant Krolewskie Jadlo.

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Splitting the Bill Shouldn't Cause a Nervous Breakdown

Friday, September 19, 2014

Philip Galanes offers advice and answers questions on the best way to deal with some of the prickly issues of dining out.

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The Not-So-Secret Recipes Behind 'Brooklyn's Favorite Ice Cream'

Friday, September 19, 2014

Here's how Ample Hills Creamery makes flavors like "I Want To Marry This" (maple ice cream with chocolate covered bacon) and "The Munchies" (pretzel ice cream with chips and M&Ms). 

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