The conventional list of basic needs for physical well-being includes food, clothing and shelter. But so much of the innate wisdom and discourse around the first, and arguably most important, resource is saturated with inaccuracy and misnomers. Most people believe they have perfected eating — it being the first vocation they tackled after crying — but they really haven’t improved at it since that first day on Earth.
Do you consume burgers right-side up? You could be eating better. Do you fill a glass with ice cubes (that aren’t actually cube-shaped) and then pour liquid on top of them, or do you dump ice into a glass filled with liquid? Do you even pay attention to this stuff? You could be drinking better.
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To celebrate the new season of My Grandmother’s Ravioli (premiering Wednesday, October 2, at 8pm ET), Cooking Channel and Amtrak are teaming up to give away a family vacation on one of the company’s unique long-distance trains. The grand prize is 4 round-trip tickets with sleeping accommodations on Amtrak plus $2500 so you can spend time with the people you love across the country. (It’s completely up to you whether or not you cook up some treasured family recipes when you get there.) Enter now!
Be sure to tune in to the new season of My Grandmother’s Ravioli starting October 2 to watch the very funny Mo Rocca learn to cook from grandparents in their kitchens across the country.
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The 33-billion-dollar translation industry plays a major roll in the food business. But some product names don’t always translate well to appeal to a global market. That’s why candies like the Czech “Plopp”, Belgian “Big Nuts”, Japanese “Creamy Ball” or Bra (a Swedish yogurt) would never be huge sellers in the United States. International experts on translation and interpreting Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche have gone behind the scenes of the food industry and beyond to uncover the profound effect translation has on our everyday lives. The answers are in their new book “Found in Translation: How Translation Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World.”
We’re giving away two copies of the book to two lucky winners. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite dish from our Best International Recipes guide.
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Forget what your mom said about not playing with your food — we think food should be fun, and no one is better at showing how than Hedy Goldsmith, pastry chef at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami. With her new cookbook Baking Out Loud, Hedy serves up desserts that are full of fun and big on flavor.
As someone who ate their fair share of Nutter Butters, Twix bars and Hostess snack cakes growing up, I particularly appreciate her chapter on “Childhood Treats”, where she re-conceives the fast, fatty junk food of her past into desserts with recognizable ingredient lists. Twinkies turn into Red Velvet Twinks (pictured above), a delicious combination of rich chocolate cake and cream cheese filling.
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