Really Old Medieval Cookbook Found

Medieval cooking

Researchers have discovered a collection of recipes written in Latin by monks of Durham Cathedral in 1140. Some are calling it the oldest such collection of the Middle Ages. Many of the dishes sound like they would work on a modern restaurant menu. Faith Wallis, an expert in medical history and science based at McGill [Read More...]

Our Dwindling Food Variety

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This astonishing graphic from National Geographic shows the sharp decrease in seed variety over the past hundred years. Take a look: Seeds vanished because farmers found they got higher yields and more protection against drought and blight with other varieties. However, this narrowing of crop diversity has been shown to reduce the ability of crops [Read More...]

Mario Batali Tries to Live on Food Stamps

Doesn’t turn out so well. The famous chef and his family tried living on $1.48 per meal for a week to draw attention to the need for food stamps in a hard-hit economy. How did that go, Mario? “I’m (expletive deleted) starving,” said Batali, who’s on the board of the food relief agency Food Bank [Read More...]

Hyenas Eat Donkeys For Lent

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In Ethiopia, hyenas normally just eat whatever they can scavenge from the garbage leftoutside of inhabited areas. But what happens when there are no meat leftovers in the garbage due to the strict Ethiopian Orthodox Lent? Let’s just say you wouldn’t want to be a donkey: Hyenas will eat just about anything organic. They’ll chow down on mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles. [Read More...]


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