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India Mandelkern is a food historian at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is finishing up her dissertation on the history of eating during the 18th century. She is known to enjoy a good mutton pie every now and then.

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Liberty, Technology, Gastronomy! Why Meal Sharing Is Turning the Tables

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 9:51 AM

What service industries will tech demolish next? As Lyft and Uber have dismantled taxi monopolies and Airbnb has undermined formerly impenetrable hotel chains, prophets of the sharing economy are buzzing that the restaurant will be the next great institution to crumble. Meal-sharing start-ups--Feastly, Eatwith, CookApp and VoulezVousDiner--seem to make this...

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What Has Orange is the New Black' Got Against Foodies?

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 2:21 PM

As excitement builds over the rapidly approaching second season of Netflix's hit show, Orange is the New Black, I am crossing my fingers that one of the show's smartest plotlines will not be abandoned: its scathing critique of foodie culture.

Foodism, after all, is a recent phenomenon that we...

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Herbal Brews Get Back to Their Roots

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 12:54 PM

Outside a four-hundred-square foot nano-brewpub tucked into a well-trafficked corner of San Francisco's Mission District, a lone green flag fluttered in the wind to attract passers-by. It was the final day of San Francisco Beer Week, and the bigger events -- new releases from well-known brewers, the raucous merriment of...

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The Rise of the Electronic Cigarette Cognoscenti

(6) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 10:26 PM

The electronic cigarette has been on the scene for only a couple of years, but its proponents are already creating a vibrant culture of their own. The web is rife with thousands of forums, meet-ups, and virtual marketplaces dedicated to the theoretical and practical aspects of smoke-free "vaping." Shops and...

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Can Kombucha Couture Save the World?

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 10:39 AM

Up until the mid-1970s invention of Candypants, America's first-ever brand of edible underwear, eating your clothes was a necessity rather than a choice. For most of human history, when intermittent famine was the rule rather than the exception, the hungry poor would chow down on sticks and leaves, seaweed and...

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How to Make Seventeenth Century Coffee in Four Easy Steps

(9) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 3:00 PM

It's hard to imagine life without coffee. The stuff has an uncanny ability to slip itself into any type of meal, at any time of day, and into any type of social situation. But in spite of the fact that Americans drink about 150 billion cups of it...

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Printing Chocolate in 3D: Does the Medium Have a Message?

(2) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 11:22 PM

It was only a matter of time before 3D printing technologies would be applied to chocolate. With its inimitable taste and ample shelf life, chocolate is the world's most popular medium of edible representation. Ever since a series of 19th century inventions allowed us to start eating the stuff in...

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Printing Chocolate in 3D: Does the Medium Have a Message?

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 7:09 PM

It was only a matter of time before 3D printing technologies would be applied to chocolate. With its inimitable taste and ample shelf life, chocolate is the world's most popular medium of edible representation. Ever since a series of 19th century inventions allowed us to start eating the stuff in...

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The Slightly Disgusting Origins of Haute Cuisine

(6) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 12:48 PM

The latest issue of the food magazine Lucky Peach includes a drink recipe that calls for dried, grated turtle penis. But before it was known as a natural virility enhancement, the sea turtle -- and other off-putting foods -- captured the spirit of stylish fine dining.

In the summer of...

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