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Natural History of the Kitchen: The Potato

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Welcome to Natural History of the Kitchen, by EMD's Stephanie Butler. Each week, Stephanie explores the background of an appliance, gadget or product that helped to make cooking what it is today. This week: Potatoes.
Pity the humble potato. Misunderstood for so much of early culinary history, and now relegated to permanent side dish [...]

Zoom and Pan: The Gleaners and I

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Welcome to the first edition of Zoom and Pan, Eat Me Daily's newest column! Each week, Soleil Ho of Heavy Table will tear apart a food-centric movie scene and, with luck, decipher the meaning behind all the food porn. This week: The Gleaners and I
These days, food films and television [...]

'My Name is Potato' Music Video by Rita Pavone

Taking its cues from Schoolhouse Rock, "My Name is Potato" is an Italian novelty song by Rita Pavone from 1977. It features Ms. Pavone — who was apparently 32 when she recorded this, despite looking to be about 17 — singing to a cartoon of a potato. An American potato, as he gruffly insists, who [...]

Your Food Is Trying To Kill You

It's a dangerous world out there, and in the hopes of warning you of potentially deadly food hazards, we've put together a compilation of some of the edible terrors lying in wait. Foods with a high risk of fatality can be found right in your pantry, some are served in sushi restaurants, while others can [...]

The Fifth Most Expensive Food in the World: A Potato

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Coming in behind saffron, macadamia nuts, beluga caviar, and white truffles, the fifth most expensive food in the world isn't some exotic fish or endangered tropical fruit: it's a rare variety of potato. Grown in France on the Isle of Noirmoutier, the La Bonnotte potato sometimes achieves a market price of an astounding [...]

The Potato Christmas Special from Late Night with Conan O'Brien [video]

Last week, Conan O'Brien got all nostalgic — this is his last Christmas at Late Night, so he's running classic pieces from his older shows. Here's an animated stop-motion Christmas classic "inspired by my Irish heritage, which is sacred and important to so many people in this country": The Potato Christmas Special, featuring a samurai [...]

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