Meal planning has become like triage; we eat whatever is most urgently ripe
July 15, 2011 | By Lisa Bramen
The chikungunya virus has escaped Africa and is traveling around the world via a widespread, invasive, voracious mosquito
June 29, 2011 | By Carrie Arnold
Entomophagy—the fancy Latin term for eating insects—is beginning to catch on in the Western Hemisphere
June 28, 2011 | By Jesse Rhodes
After 30 years of research Dr. Salisbury finally published his ideas, setting off one of the earliest American fad diets
June 22, 2011 | By Lisa Bramen
The USDA began offering nutritional advice in 1894. We had 12 food groups in the 1930s, seven in the 1940s, four in the 1950s, then a pyramid and now a plate
June 01, 2011 | By Jesse Rhodes
Dr. Luanne Freer, founder of the mountain’s emergency care center, sees hundreds of patients each climbing season at the foot of the Himalayas
June 01, 2011 | By Molly Loomis
This Silver Spring, Maryland site scares and educates, with displays of prosthetic eyes, amputated limbs and incomplete skeletons
June 2011 | By Tony Perrottet
Ardent label readers out there know to scan nutritional labels for ingredients that they don't want in their diet. But most people probably don't keep an eye out for "wood pulp"
May 17, 2011 | By Jesse Rhodes
Approximately 23.5 million Americans are living in food deserts, most of whom live in urban areas
May 12, 2011 | By Jesse Rhodes
The Smithsonian's Alain Touwaide studies ancient books to identify medicines used thousands of years ago
May 2011 | By Megan Gambino
Oncologist Brian Druker developed a new treatment for a deadly cancer, leading to a breakthrough that has transformed medicine
May 2011 | By Terence Monmaney
For students at Little Village Academy in Chicago, bringing lunch to school is verboten. Principals of Chicago's public schools are allowed to implement a "no bag lunch" policy if they say it serves the needs of their students. Principal Elsa Carmona began the ban at Little Village Academy six year...
April 14, 2011 | By Jesse Rhodes
My pregnancy cravings have been pretty tame so far—kettle corn, Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia, sweet gherkins, grapefruit. Some women confess much more outlandish obsessions (fried eggs with mint sauce, black olives on cheesecake) on various online forums, and many pregnant ladies want to nibble wh...
January 28, 2011 | By admin
Thirty percent of New Year's resolutions made by Americans this year relate to weight, diet and health, according to a recent survey by the Barna Group, a Ventura, California-based research firm focused on the intersection between faith and culture. Unfortunately, a rather grim statistic glares tho...
January 13, 2011 | By Megan Gambino
As Christmas draws closer, have you finished your shopping yet? If not, try turning to your local bookstore to find something for nearly everyone on your list:The Aspiring Home CookRadically Simple: Brilliant Flavors with Breathtaking Ease, by Rozanne Gold. All the recipes in this lovely cookbook a...
December 17, 2010 | By Amanda Bensen
Kohlrabi isn't the coolest kid in its class. It has a weird name, and looks even weirder. I admit I've always ignored it in favor of prettier, more popular vegetables. Why befriend it now?Well, because kohlrabi is nutritious: no fat, lots of fiber and vitamin C, even some protein. It's cheap and in...
October 21, 2010 | By Amanda Bensen
When I was new to D.C., many people gave me the same advice, "Avoid Anacostia."Separated from the District's heart by the Anacostia River, the southeast swath of the city loosely known as Anacostia has long been associated with high rates of violent crime and poverty.But after finally venturing acr...
October 14, 2010 | By Amanda Bensen
Lima beans used to remind me of a line in a Josh Ritter song: "I'm trying hard to love you / You don't make it easy, babe."You know what I mean, right? That wan, wrinkled skin; that wet-sawdust texture; that hospital-cafeteria smell...those are the lima beans I recall picking out of the "frozen mix...
September 30, 2010 | By Amanda Bensen
After almost three years of working right down the street, I finally made time to explore the U.S. Botanic Garden on a recent lunch break. I expected mostly flowers, but found a food nerd's Eden: So many of my favorite edibles, in their purest forms! So many tidbits of culinary history and science!...
September 29, 2010 | By Amanda Bensen
Today's post is by Smithsonian staff writer Abigail Tucker.On my recent trip to Ireland—where I discovered "real" Irish soda bread—I expected to encounter potatoes aplenty, and I wasn’t disappointed.Traditional champ (or mashed) potatoes and chips (fries) were offered alongside more cosmopolitan sp...
September 28, 2010 | By Amanda Bensen