The Culture of Food and Drink

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Students at McAuliffe Elementary help plant radishes as part of a FoodCorps program. Credit: Courtesy of FoodCorps

It's 7:30 a.m. on a Thursday in Lowell, Massachusetts. The regular sights and sounds of the street unfold: sirens blasting, students playing in a courtyard, construction workers hammering away, and the homeless and hungry lining up outside the Lowell Transitional Living Center. Adjacent to the shelter, tucked into a previously vacant

Writing about food in other countries is the dream of many food writers. Copyright 2015 Andrea Rosenthal

Food writing has become such an immensely popular activity that is attracting hordes of enthusiasts. This is ironic, for in days gone by female journalists who may have wanted to write about politics or finance were instead relegated to the low-status feature pages of their newspapers and told to write

Researchers at Cambridge University have shown that pigs are as clever as 3-year-old toddlers, and they have a well-developed sense of self, a trait once thought to be limited to humans and great apes. Credit: iStock

When I told my partner that I was writing a book about pork, she asked: "Does this mean I'm going to have to give up bacon?" I spent two years trying to answer that question. I visited a pig farmer who raised 150,000 animals annually in warehouse-like confinement barns, and a

For National Poetry Month, I honor my favorite African-American poets who chose to write about food. Credit: Copyright Sylvia Wong Lewis

April is National Poetry Month. For Zester foodies I bring -- not a recipe -- but a taste of the work of my favorite African-American poets who chose food as metaphor and main ingredient. "I think poems return us to that place of mud and dirt and earth, sun and rain,"

California's wine woes continue to mount. Credit: Copyright iStockPhoto/Avalon_Studio

For the second time in two weeks, the California wine industry is under fire. First, it was a class-action lawsuit aimed at inexpensive wines with moderately elevated levels of arsenic. Now, it's cooties. And they've been spotted in the proverbial good stuff. Cooties -- formally Cutius terrebilis, a childhood condition associated

Together with his father, siblings and cousins, this refugee in Ecuador gets a taste of his Colombian home thanks to his aunt’s cooking. Credit: Chris Terry

Part of what makes eating together so pleasurable, in any language or culture, is the conversation. But when London-based photographer Chris Terry was in Niger photographing an ordinary family enjoying a spaghetti dinner, he was surprised that no one spoke. "It's a great privilege to have food to eat," explained the

New England snowstorms have sent customers to their supermarkets. Credit: Copyright 2015 Barbara Haber

Being stuck in the house because of monumental snowstorms is nothing new for me;  I grew up in Wisconsin. But before this winter I had never seen the amount of snow that  buried the Boston area where I now live -- eight to 10 feet accumulated in successive storms, accompanied

Farmworkers weed spinach by hand in San Luis Obispo, California. Credit: iStock/NNehring

"There's no hiding the fact that there are two populations, the haves and the have-nots," said Sanjay Rawal, talking about his provocative documentary "Food Chains." Rawal's film sheds light on those who eat food and those who produce it, and the disparity between what laborers contribute and their often meager living