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This April 2015 photo provided by Ecotrust Canada via This Fish shows the "Boat To Plate" smartphone app being created by a group of Maine fishermen and scientists that will allow consumers to source seafood all the way back to the fishermen who caught it. The app is in the development phase, but has already earned a nod from the feds in the form of a grant. (Eric Enno Tamm/Ecotrust Canada via AP)

Latest in food-track tech: Swipe a code, meet your fisherman

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A group of scientists and fishermen in Maine is working on a new tool they say will allow seafood consumers to learn the backstory of a piece of fish by scanning a code at the supermarket. Gulf of Maine Research Institute and Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association are cooperating to develop the tool, which they say will likely be a smartphone …

Egg prices surge to record on shortage caused by bird flu

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Egg prices reached record levels on Friday after a bird flu outbreak decimated the flock, leading to the death of more than 20 million egg-laying hens over the last month in the top producing state of Iowa. The virus spread appears to have slowed but not stopped. Federal officials are planning an aggressive …

School’s almost out, so it’s time to get schooled on burgers

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

As food goes, it’s hard to imagine anything more American – and that more perfectly captures summer – than a great grilled hamburger. Trouble is, as much as we love a great burger, we’re not always all that great at making them. That’s because there is more to making burgers than serving time …

Traditional matcha tea gets whirled, dusted, infused in US

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

More than a thousand years ago, Buddhist monks in Japan began a daily ritual of grinding green tea leaves into powder, mixing it into hot water with a bamboo whisk, then sharing the tea from a single cup. …

A sweet-and-sour dish that will have you ditching take-out

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

There is just something disgustingly delicious about sweet-and-sour chicken, that deep-fried, sugar-slathered staple of Asian take-out. That cloying sauce, that crispy-fried breading, those sweet morsels of warm pineapple. . . . No matter how unhealthy I know it …

A different destination for maple sap

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The maple sap bubbling away in Ron Davis’s Chatham, N.Y., sugar house is destined for pancakes, waffles, sweets and – for years now – beer kegs. The local syrup adds a touch of woodsy sweetness to the maple …

Labor issues to pressure McDonald’s despite pay bump

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A pay bump for workers at some McDonald’s restaurants isn’t likely to ease the pressures the chain is facing over labor issues. McDonald’s said Wednesday it would raise wages for workers at its company-owned U.S. restaurants, which represent …

3 countries investigate fishing slavery reported by AP

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Officials from three countries are traveling to remote islands in eastern Indonesia to investigate how thousands of foreign fishermen were abused and forced into catching seafood that could end up in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. A …

Technology is making us tip more than ever

Monday, March 30, 2015

By now, you’ve probably experienced it: After grabbing a cup of espresso, buying some ice cream or taking a cab, you swipe your credit card and prepare to sign – but you’re thrown a curve ball. The payment …

Dairy farms asked to consider breeding no-horn cows

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Food manufacturers and restaurants are taking the dairy industry by the horns on an animal welfare issue that’s long bothered activists but is little known to consumers: the painful removal of budding horn tissue from calves so farm …

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 …

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 …

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 …