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Fujianese immigrants rescued from<br>the grounded freighter Golden Venture.<br>AP Photo: used by permission<p>Immigration has been a hot topic on this continent …

Tea if by Sea

Picture by @docentjoyce<p>We drink a lot of tea in San Francisco—I guess you should expect no less for a city originally named Yerba Buena, after a …

How Coffee Influenced The Course Of History

Coffee is a powerful beverage. On a personal level, it helps keep us awake and active. On a much broader level, it has helped shape our history and continues to shape our culture.<p>Coffee plants grow wild in Ethiopia and were probably used by nomadic tribes for thousands of years, but it wasn't until …

The History of Noodles: How a Simple Food Became a Worldwide Staple

The author Jen Lin-Liu traveled from Beijing to Rome to trace the origins and spread of the popular culinary item -- and enjoyed some tasty surprises along the way.<p>Enny Nuraheni/Reuters<p>Setting out to discover pasta's past, Jen Lin-Liu, founder of Beijing's Black Sesame Kitchen, travels along the …

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“The Vertue of the COFFEE Drink”: An Ad for London’s First Cafe Printed Circa 1652

The Turks drink at meals and other times, is usually <i>Water</i>, and their Dyet consists much of <i>Fruit,</i> the <i>Crudities</i> whereof are very much corrected by this …

Excerpt: 'An Edible History Of Humanity'

Author Tom Standage doesn't think food is history's central motivating force. Rather, as he writes in his book <i>An Edible History of Humanity,</i> Standage thinks of food as more of "an invisible fork" prodding humanity along.<p>"After all," he continues, "everything that every person has ever done, …