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In this Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 image from video, workers from Myanmar load fish onto a Thai-flagged cargo ship in Benjina, Indonesia. An intricate web of connections separates the fish we eat from the men who catch it, and obscures a brutal truth: Your seafood may come from slaves. (AP Photo/APTN)

AP Investigation: Is the fish you buy caught by slaves?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Associated Press notified the International Organization for Migration about men in this story, who were then moved out of Benjina by the police for their safety. Hundreds of slaves remain on the island, and five other men were in the cage this week. The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of …

Celery root is ugly, but pretty tasty

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It wasn’t until I lived in France that I fully appreciated how underused celeriac – also called celery root – is here in the US. In France, this knobby root cousin of the celery we are more familiar with is used in soups, as a puree, raw in salads, as well as in …

Use mushroom confit all week

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

When it’s time to make dinner, I enjoy the conceptualizing, I love the cooking and, when I have time, I luxuriate in the chopping and knife work as a slow, pleasant meditation. And then there are those nights when making dinner seems almost impossible, not because the recipe itself is difficult or the ingredients challenging to source, but because time is short and …

Sip with an accent: The Capitan

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

‘The Peruvian response to the Manhattan’ In Peru, there’s more to cocktails than the beloved pisco sour. So when ThinkFoodGroup cocktail innovator Juan Coronado was researching drinks for China Chilcano in Washington, D.C., he took inspiration from another …

American lobster: The new Chinese New Year delicacy

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Now on the menu in Beijing for Chinese New Year: lots and lots of American lobster. Exports of U.S. lobster to China have rocketed in the past few years, largely to satisfy the appetites of the communist country’s …

Grocers finding it hard to keep organic milk on shelves

Sunday, February 15, 2015

About once a week the phone rings at the Dill Pickle Food Co-op in the artsy Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago with the same question: Got milk? Organic, to be exact. “I’ll have people call up and say, hey, I know the truck’s coming on Tuesday, can you …

See’s Candies says some mislabeled packages may contain nuts

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

See’s Candies says some heart-shaped boxes of chocolates shipped for Valentine’s Day have been mislabeled and may contain nuts. The San Francisco-based company is warning people with allergies to coconut, almonds, walnuts or pecans to avoid eight-ounce boxes labeled “Classic Red Hearts with Assorted Chocolates.” The candies were …

Budweiser campaign highlights rift between ‘big beer,’ craft

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Attention die-hard craft beer drinkers: This Bud’s not for you. After several years of losing ground to craft brewers, Anheuser-Busch, the country’s biggest brewery, seems to be conceding that its flagship brew may not fly with fans of …

Lawsuit claiming needles in Burger King food heads to trial

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Trial scheduled in needle burger lawsuit A lawsuit filed by a retired soldier who swallowed needles in a Burger King sandwich is headed for trial after another attempt at a settlement failed. Clark Bartholomew sued the fast-food chain after he said needles pierced his tongue and another got …

California appeals ruling that allowed foie gras again

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

State of California appeals foie gras ruling California filed an appeal last week of a federal judge’s ruling that blocked the state’s ban on the sale of foie gras – a delicacy that gourmets consider heaven and animal …

Rethinking muffaletta as a thin-crust pizza for Mardi Gras

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I love pizza. I love muffaletta. I thought they probably would be easy to love together. So I decided to combine them. In honor of Mardi Gras, I created a muffaletta flatbread, a basic thin-crust pizza topped with …

10 fresh ideas for using slow cooker pulled chicken and pork

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Lots of people love their slow cookers. Just as many folks don’t. I tend to be in the latter group. Not because I don’t appreciate the dump-and-go convenience. And I certainly enjoy being greeted at the end of …

Panel reverses, says white potatoes okay for WIC recipients

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The white potato has been ostracized by health officials for several years – but no more. It’s now back in favor. The Institute of Medicine said people aren’t getting enough starchy vegetables or potassium and fiber, nutrients that are plentiful in potatoes. In a new report released yesterday, …