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Stop-Motion Submarine Sandwich

Stop-Motion Submarine Sandwich

PES is back with the stop-motion sandwich making skills we’ve all been waiting for. Table Scraps is a Food Politic column dedicated to the small morsels of stories, videos, and more. They don’t have enough calories for a full article but are just too good to let go to waste.

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December 22, 2014 at 10:45 amColumns Multimedia Table Scraps

These Cookies Are Too Pretty to Eat

These Cookies Are Too Pretty to Eat

Are you hoping to up your holiday cookie game this year? Let pastry chef Amber Spiegel be your inspiration. Her intricate cookie designs seem more at home on a knitted sweater than an edible good. It can take her up to 45 minutes to decorate a single cookie and she’s now somehow turned this into a full-time career. Her YouTube page is full set of step-by-step instructions for these winter cookies and other gratuitously designed […]

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December 3, 2014 at 8:00 amColumns Culture Table Scraps

If Famous Artists Had Played With Their Thanksgiving Meals

If Famous Artists Had Played With Their Thanksgiving Meals

San Francisco-based artist Hannah Rothstein has taken the simple Thanksgiving meal – turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, and corn – and turned it into a work of art. Ten images show what a plate might look like if it had been put together by Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, and others. If you thought playing with your food was just for children, these dishes will prove you wrong. Table Scraps is […]

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November 14, 2014 at 8:00 amColumns Culture Table Scraps

What We Talk About When We Talk About James Beard

What We Talk About When We Talk About James Beard

America’s First Foodie is an upcoming documentary that tells the story of James Beard’s impact on the culinary world. Today, the James Beard awards are the height of culinary or food-media achievement. Yet many of us only have a cursory understanding of the impact Beard himself had on food as we eat it. The filmmakers have this to say about him, “At a time of “all things French,” Beard appreciated what America had to bring to […]

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October 10, 2014 at 8:00 amColumns Culture Food Fund Fridays

When Would You Say No to a Free Cupcake or Brownie?

When Would You Say No to a Free Cupcake or Brownie?

In a sort-of-prank filmed by Running Late with Scott Rogowsky, two guys stand outside a gym offering people free desserts. One man takes the cupcake gladly, as though he was hoping for an excuse to avoid his morning workout anyway. Others are baffled, some flat out angry. A funny experiment to see whether human will can triumph over dessert in the battle for exercise (and possibly truth, justice, and world peace). Table Scraps is a Food […]

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October 8, 2014 at 9:59 amColumns Table Scraps

Compound Chemistry: Why Doesn’t Honey Spoil?

Compound Chemistry: Why Doesn’t Honey Spoil?

I’m obsessed with honey. Ever since writing a paper on its history during my freshman year of college, I was hooked. Did you know that bees were the first domesticated “animal” we used for food? Or that it has antibiotic properties that can soothe burns? Maybe you heard that 80% of the food we eat relies on pollination? Oh, yeah, and it’s delicious and never goes bad. If the world needed to put together a […]

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September 26, 2014 at 8:00 amColumns Culture Table Scraps

This is the Technology Small Farms Have Been Waiting For

This is the Technology Small Farms Have Been Waiting For

Farm equipment is expensive. Large tractors, combines, and sprayers cost anywhere from $20,000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars. The only farmers who can feasibly work that kind of expense into their budget are the ones growing hundreds of acres of monoculture crops. This leaves a lot of small- and medium-sized farmers with a lot of hard labor to do by hand. Mechanical engineer and social entrepreneur Rory Aronson hadn’t thought much about agriculture or […]

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September 12, 2014 at 8:30 amAgriculture Columns Food Fund Fridays

The Oyster War: Shellfish and Controversy California-Style

The Oyster War: Shellfish and Controversy California-Style

According to an article in SFGate, the sound of bagpipes filled the air on July 31, 2014 – the final day of business for Drakes Bay Oyster Company. In most cases, people don’t know more about their oysters than the shellfish’s geographic origin. Yet Drakes Bay had been making headlines over their fight to extend a lease with the National Park Service. One of many writers covering this fight between food, environment, and legal technicalities […]

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September 5, 2014 at 8:00 amColumns Food Fund Fridays

GoPro Films the Process of Perfectly Poaching an Egg

GoPro Films the Process of Perfectly Poaching an Egg

Another culinary mystery solved thank to a creative GoPro owner. One inventive chef decided to stick his camera into a dish of boiling water and capture the process of poaching an egg on video. First we got to see inside a dishwasher cycle and now we’ve gone under boiling water to watch poaching eggs. What will we think of next? Table Scraps is a Food Politic column dedicated to the small morsels of stories, videos, and […]

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August 26, 2014 at 3:12 pmColumns Culture Table Scraps

Food Fund Friday: The Story of American Craft Beer

Food Fund Friday: The Story of American Craft Beer

Beer lovers unite! As the craft beer industry has exploded in popularity, so has the tension between the smallest breweries and big beer companies trying to get in on the game. How big can craft beer get before it no longer fits in the category? How can brewers keep their fans happy as their popularity rises? These are some of the questions that will be explored in Brewland, a documentary about the history and future of craft […]

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August 22, 2014 at 9:00 amColumns Food Fund Fridays