The World Food Preservation Center: Solving the Post-Harvest Problem

Founder, The World Food Preservation Center

Charles L. Wilson (1)As we look around at the food in our supermarket and food stands, it is hard to believe the world is heading toward a crisis. But we shouldn’t let this abundance of food lull us into a false sense of security. It has been clearly documented that the world is heading toward a food shortage. We are not going to solve this problem, as many are telling us, by simply producing more food.

During the Green Revolution of the 1960s and '70s we were able to increase our crop yields ...

I Made a Super Sauce Created by a Supercomputer

There’s an app to help us lose weight, an app to help us find love, and loads of apps that promise to help us cook.

As a digital designer who lives in the kitchen, I use cooking apps at an appalling rate: almost never. Could there, out there, be an app that truly helps cooks in the kitchen? No, I mean really, not just a glorified portable electronic cookbook or a timer with a sexy UI, but a real-life valuable tool. (more…)

Consider the Soft-Shell Crab

Consider the blue crab. I never had.

It was early morning the first weekend of summer. I rolled over in my sleeping bag. The wind whirled outside and threatened to dislodge my tent and toss me in the water. My hair smelled scorched, infused with the essence of burning logs, salted smoke, sea spray, and it—the blue crab(more…)

José Andrés: The Taste of Summer

One of the highlights of summer is when watermelons start to appear in my farmers markets.

With their bright colors and sweet and crunchy taste, they are a natural energizer and the perfect treat on hot and heavy days. Millionaire, Estrella, Crimson Sweet, Sugar Baby, Yellow Doll, Little Baby Flower, Farmer’s Wonderful, I can’t get enough of all the varieties. Red, yellow, even orange flesh and with seeds or without, watermelon is incredibly good for you, too. It not only quenches your thirst but gives you essential nutrients that your body needs, like vitamins A and C, potassium, and antioxidants.

What most people don’t realize about watermelon is how ...

Small Changes for Big Results: How to Feed 3 Billion More People

If you spend any time around food-policy scholars, you'll soon hear two phrases repeated frequently, with equivalent amounts of dread. One is a year: 2050. The other is a number: 9 billion. The first is the date by which the population of the globe is expected to grow to the second.  

The world’s population is 7 billion now; and it took thousands of years to build agriculture to its current reach. Developing the capacity to feed another 2 billion in just 35 years appears to be an impossible task: The amount of land already devoted to agriculture has overstressed the environment, and much of what remains is desert, forest ...

José Andrés: What It Means to “Cook American” Food

I can’t decide which is my favorite American holiday.

As a chef, Thanksgiving usually wins because I get to spend a few days in my kitchen with my wife and daughters, cooking for friends both old and new.  But the Fourth of July comes pretty close. It’s the height of summer, the markets are overflowing with fruits and vegetables and I want to grill everything. And it doesn’t hurt that I live in Washington, DC, either. Come on people! Fireworks over the Washington monument. Reading aloud the Declaration of Independence from the steps of the National Archives. Astonishing!

And this year, it had a special meaning for me. It was ...

How Drones Will Change the Way You Eat

Mike Toscano of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (the drone advocacy group—I love DC) recently told Marketplace that drones—aircraft operated by computers, sans onboard pilots—have two specialties: delivery (“tacos, beer”) and situational awareness, or checking things out. The food world is ripe for both services.

First, on the delivery side, in case you thought the months-long rumors were just a publicity stunt, Amazon last week requested Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to fly drones for shipments. The drones’ cargo will surely include, but surely not be limited to, groceries and prepared meals. Industry observers believe that Amazon created AmazonFresh’s same-day ...

The History of the “Forbidden” Fruit

No fruit pops up so frequently in Western art, literature, and everyday speech as the apple.

An apple (cunningly labeled “to the fairest”) started the Trojan War. (Odysseus, later struggling to get home from it, yearns for the garden he had as a child, populated by apple trees.) The Norse gods owed their immortality to apples. The Arabian Nights features a magic apple from Samarkand capable of curing all human diseases—predating the belief that an apple a day will keep the doctor away, a proverb that first appeared in print in 1866. Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, and Dylan Thomas all wrote poems about ...

Frederic Tudor: The King of Ice

Thomas Jefferson was a fan of ice.

He attributed his good health to his habit of soaking his feet in ice water every morning, and during his stint as George Washington’s Secretary of State in often-steamy Philadelphia—temporarily deprived of ice—he subscribed to an ice service. The ice, which cost a shilling a day, came from James Oeller’s hotel on Chestnut Street where ice harvested in winter from local rivers was stored in an insulated underground pit. At the hotel, the ice was used to chill butter, meat, and salad veggies, and (highly popular) to provide ice chunks for glasses of cold alcoholic punch.

Jefferson has two ice houses of his ...

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