Indian Food Basics

The Parallel History of India and its Food The long and storied history of a region often helps explain present-day cuisines. Indian cuisine is not a single small collection of foods, but rather best considered by region, type of food, and the spices that contribute to making it taste authentically Indian. The topic of trade […]

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Chefs

History The history of specific cooks who tended (usually) members of higher classes such as kings and high-ranking religious officials is old. However, more recently recorded notable chefs, as well as the designation of chefs vs. other kitchen workers, yields important insight into the fanfare most recently made by numerous countries, aficionados, and even reality […]

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Chocolate

  The History of Chocolate Real chocolate.  Known virtually the world over for its properties as incentives for young children to do better schoolwork or chores; indulged in by many adults as a “consolation food,” chocolate has even now been found to have positive healthful properties.  The anti-oxidant properties of dark chocolate, for example, have […]

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A Cup of Coffee

  Coffee Origins Latin America, South East Asia, and Africa supply most of the coffee now.  Originating in Ethiopia and cultivated in South Arabia, mid-15th century Yemeni (in the Sufi shrines) were early consumers.  Coffee consumption associated with Muslim rituals led to initial Christian bans, until Pope Clement VIII in 1600 deemed it a Christian […]

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