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For Australian Christmas, Everything's Overturned But The Pudding

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Cooking in 100-degree weather is no fun, which is why many Australians ditched roasts and other holiday mainstays long ago. Except for Christmas pudding, a tradition steeped in history — and alcohol.

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In Slovakia, Christmas Dinner Starts In The Bathtub

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas carp is a holiday mainstay in many central European nations. Traditionally, it swims in the family tub for a day or two, sometimes becoming a sort of pet before it ends up on the plate.

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A History Lesson On The Philippines, Stuffed In A Christmas Chicken

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Rellenong manok is a deboned chicken filled with a jumble of ingredients. If it seems hard to pin down how this dish got all its fillings, it's because of the complexity of the Philippines' culture.

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For Norwegian-Americans, Christmas Cheer Is Wrapped Up In Lefse

Sunday, December 21, 2014

For many Norwegian-American families, the most anticipated Christmas treat isn't chocolate or sugar-dusted cookies. It's a simple potato-based pancake, spread with butter and sugar or jam.

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Antarctic Holiday: A Christmas Feast In The Loneliest Spot On Earth

Saturday, December 20, 2014

For Dr. Gavin Francis, Christmas Eve marked the start of a year-long stay in an icy research base 8,700 miles from home. In this "empire of ice and isolation," he says, food is essential to morale.

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Pride And Prejudice: For Latinos, Tamales Can Taste Of Both

Friday, December 19, 2014

Tamales are a Christmas Eve tradition throughout Latin America, but there are hundreds of different versions. Whose is best? That's a question likely to elicit a fiercely partisan response.

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Tourtiere: A French-Canadian Twist On Christmas Pie

Thursday, December 18, 2014

On Christmas Eve, many French-Canadians will gather after midnight Mass for reveillon, a lavish dinner party that lasts into the wee hours. The traditional centerpiece is a savory, spiced meat pie.

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A Holy Land Christmas Porridge Honors A Damsel In Distress

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Some Christians in Israel and the West Bank celebrate Eid el-Burbara on Dec. 17. The feast honors St. Barbara, an early convert to Christianity whose story is echoed in the Rapunzel tale.

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All Things Considered

The 12 Days Of Quirky Christmas Foods Around The Globe

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

We're kicking off a 12-part series exploring the rich diversity of Christmastime edibles around the world. We've zeroed in on meals that reveal as much about a country's history as its gastronomy.

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Hanukkah History: Those Chocolate Coins Were Once Real Tips

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Many Jewish families celebrate the holiday by handing out gelt, chocolate coins covered in gold and silver. These days they're treats for kids. But the practice began as a way to thank labor.

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Morning Edition

Mexican Chef Serves Up An Authoritative Guide To Her Country's Cuisine

Monday, December 01, 2014

Unlike other exhaustive guides to Mexico's diverse regional foods, Mexico: The Cookbook was written by a Mexican. Margarita Carrillo's recipes aim for simplicity to lure American readers to explore.

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The Native American Side Of The Thanksgiving Menu

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The first Thanksgiving was something of a joint venture between pilgrims and Native Americans. Chef Richard Hetzler shares a menu that celebrates the first settlers and the country's first tribes.

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Morning Edition

For Native Alaskans, Holiday Menu Looks To The Wild

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving menus traditionally celebrate the bounty of late fall. In rural Alaska, that means walrus, moose, fermented fish heads and Eskimo ice cream — salmonberries mixed with Crisco.

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As Espresso Rises, Will 'Greek Coffee' Be Left To The Turks?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"Greek coffee" may be a matter of national pride in the Mediterranean nation. But increasingly, Greeks are embracing espresso, an imported brew. Chalk it up to globalization.

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On The Trail To Preserve Appalachia's Bounty Of Heirloom Crops

Monday, November 03, 2014

With some 1,500 heirloom fruits and vegetables under cultivation, Appalachia is the most diverse foodshed in the U.S., Canada and northern Mexico. Among them is a beloved corn called Bloody Butcher.

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VIDEO: You Don't Know Jack-O'-Lanterns

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Explore the guts and glory of pumpkin science with Skunk Bear's latest video.

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Decoding The Food And Drink On A Day Of The Dead Altar

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Mexican tradition celebrates the dead and welcomes their return to the land of the living once a year. Enticing them to make the trip is where the food, drink and musical offerings come in.

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A Family's Fall Harvest Blooms In 'A Kitchen In France'

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Since moving her large family from a Paris apartment to a historic farmhouse in the French countryside, author Mimi Thorisson has found a way to merge the best of the different worlds she has known.

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Tracing A Gin-Soaked Trail In London

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Around the world, new gin distilleries are popping up like mushrooms after a rain. NPR traces the boom to its historic roots in London, which once had 250 distilleries within the city limits alone.

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In The Big Easy, Food Vendors Create A Little Honduras

Monday, October 20, 2014

Thanks to a quirk of history, New Orleans has long had a Honduran population, but it exploded post-Katrina. Nearly a decade later, Hondurans have created a vibrant, if underground, culinary community.

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