Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine | Book Review

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Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine is the tastiest version of American history you can experience. Author, Sarah Lohman, explores U.S. multiculturalism through the origins of the favorite tastes that makes our food quintessentially “American.”

“Everyone Should Be Cooking with MSG”

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To many people, cooking with MSG (monosodium glutamate) and other strange sounding ingredients may seem like something to avoid. But according to food scientist and author Steve Witherly, who was profiled in a recent Business Insider article, MSG is perfectly safe.

Why Is MSG Gluten Free?

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Celiac disease and gluten intolerance are real health issues that can cause significant discomfort and physical damage. For people with these conditions, following a gluten-free diet is a medical necessity, not just a fad. Some people choose a gluten-free lifestyle for other reasons, such as helping them focus more on consuming whole foods and fewer processed foods. In any case, people who avoid gluten-containing foods get used to reading lots of food labels. Checking ingredient lists and allergen statements on food packaging is essential in order to really know if a food is gluten-free or not.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a gluten-free ingredient. Nevertheless, confusion about its gluten-free status is understandable for a couple of reasons. The first and most obvious reason is that the words “gluten” and “glutamate” both start with the same letters and sound quite similar (due to the beginning “gloot” sound).

Happy Chinese New Year! Year of the Rooster

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Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of the lunar New Year. The Asian New Year can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February, due to cyclical lunar dating. On the Western calendar, the start of this New Year falls on January 28, 2017, The Year of the Rooster. On the Chinese calendar, 2017 is Lunar Year 4712.

As always, the New Year is marked with symbols of hope and prosperity, and of course, sumptuous food. For good luck and good fortune—or just plain good fun—here are some customs and foods to celebrate the coming year.

Savor the Flavor with these Comforting Main Dish Recipes

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Depending on where you live, winter weather can be downright bone-chilling or it can simply be cooler than normal. Either way, the term “winter” often conjures up visions of hearty, homemade comfort foods that are filling and savory. Think chili and cornbread. Beef stroganoff. Macaroni and cheese. Chicken and dumplings. You get the drift.

While we’re not going to offer up recipes for the afore-mentioned dishes in this particular blog, here are four others that should whet your appetite. Not only are they downright delicious, they also are loaded with umami rich foods, which makes them so savory, you will want to make them again and again.