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International Cuisine: Lebanon

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Join us as we continue to explore the traditional diet and popular dishes, kitchen equipment, and eating practices of other countries! This week, we visit Lebanon, a predominately urban Muslim country in the Middle East. The Diet and Popular Dishes: The Lebanese diet is heavy on produce, like tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, potatoes, spinach, chard, olives, citrus, grapes, apples, grape leaves, and chickpeas. They pair their fruits, veggies, and legumes with wheat, freekeh (toasted green wheat), and rice, as well as...


On Our Shelves: Kitchen Literacy

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In Kitchen Literacy (2008), independent scholar Ann Vileisis examines “how we lost knowledge of where food comes from and why we need to get it back.” Through overarching historical narratives and attentive close-readings of primary sources like diaries, cookbooks, and advertisements, Vileisis addresses the scientific, political, and personal impact of America’s parabolic trajectory back to the land. The narrative begins in 1998, when Vileisis wonders where the food she’s getting at the store is really coming from—what’s its story...


On Our Shelves: Bee Wilson’s Consider the Fork

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Food writer Bee Wilson’s 2012 Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat is a playful, fact-packed, and unabashedly scholarly narrative about the evolution of our culinary tools. Feminist by subject and presentation, the text is unafraid to find interest in the domestic and traditionally female task of preparing food. Wilson begins by reminding us that “every age has its technology.” Stone or sous vide, every new invention enables another, creating new problems to be overcome...


Creating a Healthy Environment to Reduce the Risk of Eating Disorders

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At SAGE, we believe that health is all about balance. However, our society glorifies the opposite of balance—extreme thinness through restriction, exercise, and any other means necessary. Magazine editors, Hollywood directors, media moguls, and clothing designers equate thinness with health, attractiveness, self-control, moral goodness, and happiness. This false equation leads many kids who are already vulnerable to turn to food as a means of control over their lives. Is it any wonder that eating disorders are on the rise? These...


International Cuisine: Poland

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Next up in our series on international cuisine is Poland. Polish cuisine was heavily influenced by Austrian, Hungarian, Russian, Jewish, and German cooking, but there’s been a renewed interest in Poland’s own national heritage and culture since World War II. Join us as we explore the traditional Polish diet, popular dishes, eating traditions, and more! The Diet and Popular Dishes: Geography plays a powerful role in the Polish culinary consciousness. Half of all Polish land is arable, which means they...


On Our Shelves: SaltFatAcidHeat by Samin Nosrat

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Samin Nosrat’s SaltFatAcidHeat is an engaging mix of memoir, culinary science textbook, and cookbook. A true two-for-one, it could be two entirely separate books. The first section comprises four chapters: one each on salt, fat, acid, and heat. Each chapter begins with a personal story, follows with a scientific explanation of how that element works in cooking, and ends with an application of the element to specific recipes. The second section delves into great detail on scores of individual recipes...


International Cuisine: Morocco

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Curious about the authentic day-to-day culinary traditions of the countries you’d like to visit? Us, too! Especially as we build menus that include authentic meals from around the world! We hope you enjoy this series on international cuisines as much as we did creating them! We explore the traditional diet and popular dishes, kitchen equipment, eating traditions, and more! We start in Morocco. Morocco The Diet and Popular Dishes: The Moroccan diet is heavily grain-based, focusing on the wheat found...


Veg-Centric: Plant-Based Eating

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Q: Dear SAGE, Yesterday, my twelve-year-old came home and said she was interested in eating more plant-based dishes after learning about agricultural deforestation. I’m proud of her environmental convictions, but I’m not sure what that means for her health and our already chaotic dinner routine. Where do I begin? Sincerely, An Overwhelmed Momnivore A: Global eating habits are becoming increasingly plant-based, especially in the traditionally meat-loving West. The motivations that push individuals towards a more plant-based diet, and the items...


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