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A Filmmaker Documents His Search for General Tso

After seven years and 838,706 servings of General Tso's chicken, filmmaker Ian Cheney talks about his globe-trotting new documentary, "The Search for General Tso." It traces the origins of the dish and, through it, tells a story of Chinese and Chinese American identity, and the interplay between food and culture at large.


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Studying the Food of History’s Most Infamous

Victoria Clark and Melissa Scott bite off a very specific bit of history with thier new book, "Dictators' Dinners: The Bad Taste Guide to Entertaining Tyrants." They discuss the paranoias, obsessions, and just weird tastes of these figures.


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Mo’ Momos, Mo’ Popular

Long a staple of Tibetian and Nepalese cuisine, the momo dumpling is having a momo-moment.


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A Beer Historian on Today’s Beer Trends

We turned to beer critic and historian William Bostwick to pour over some recent beer news, from craft brewers getting a little too crafty, to sport stadium beer that's not quite boozy enough.


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Chef Gabrielle Hamilton’s Work is Excellent — Not Fine

Acclaimed chef and best-selling author Gabrielle Hamilton knows her way around a kitchen. For 15 years she has helmed Prune, one of the most celebrated restaurants in New York City, and her memoir "Blood Bones and Butter" won a James Beard award. This month she released her first cookbook, "Prune."


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A New Trend Bubbling Up: Carbonated Coffee

Building on the cold brew coffee trend - and the eternal love for cracking open a cold, carbonated bottled drink on a hot day - Austin entrepreneur Kevin Chen has developed Coffer, a naturally-fermented carbonated coffee soda.


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Forget Green Tea, There’s a New Weird Kit Kat Trend

Food fans have long known Japan gets the kookiest Kit Kats, but that country's latest Kit-Kraze goes beyond matcha, soy sauce or cherry variations. It's kind of a candy bar crossed with a Shrinky Dink. Just in time for Halloween, Rico and food writer Clarissa Wei cook some up.