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Larger than life : un ancien cep du domaine de Seppeltsfield sur fond de ciel étoilé. ©Seppeltsfield
18.07.2019 Hannah Rohrlach
Located in one of Australia’s prized wine regions, Seppeltsfield has an offering like no other: the chance to taste century-old, single-origin wine.
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En cuisine, contrairement aux apparences, la maladresse n’est pas toujours mauvaise conseillère…
22.01.2019 Jean-Pierre Tutrone
Culinary mistakes aren’t always a disaster and may accidentally result in the creation of new recipes that prove to be a huge success.
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La grenade, une fête pour les yeux et les papilles
16.04.2018 Diana Danko
Pomegranates accompanied humans as they travelled across the globe, gaining a reputation as a highly appreciated foodstuff and an effective remedy. A short history of a fruity companion.
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13.11.2017 Blandine Guignier
A host of events and festivals exalt these healthy, inexpensive bulbs and their diverse uses. A brief overview...
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01.06.2017 Blandine Guignier
At first floppy, then tall and straight, the chef’s hat, or toque, became popular in the 19th century and continues to appeal to chefs as far afield as Japan.
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21.11.2016 Diana Danko
In our collective imagination, brightly coloured, spicy or even fiery chilli peppers evoke faraway lands and their exotic flavours. They have been incorporated so well into so many culinary traditions that it is far from easy to guess their origin. Thailand? Mexico? Cameroon? Or perhaps India?
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02.06.2016 Marc de Ferrière le Vayer
The fork is clearly an object that is emblematic of Western culture, with complex origins that blend legends and differing accounts of how it was used.
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27.04.2015 Annabelle Peringer
Presented in one single display cabinet that stretches along an entire section of wall in the Espace Lait area at the Alimentarium until August 2015, a multitude of feeding bottles collected by Professor Rossi (1915–1998) take you on a journey through history, from ancient times to modern day, to discover how newborns have been fed during the first few months of their lives.
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15.11.2014 Albert Zink
Throughout history, nutrition has played a crucial role in our development. The study of human remains, like those of the glacier mummy Ötzi, shows how the ingredients of our ancestors’ diets changed over time and what role this played in the spread of humankind.
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15.11.2014 Annika Gil
Why do we eat fish on Fridays? Why fried food for carnival? Days of feasting and days of abstinence have marked the Catholic calendar since the Middle Ages.
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29.01.2014 Andreas Kohli

A tattered box from a second-hand bookstore in the Mitte district of Berlin contains a surprising find: photos of the 20th anniversary celebration of East Germany. The culinary highlights have a socialist flair and the atmosphere is downright homey.

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29.01.2014 Florent Quellier
Christian leaders declared gluttony a sin in the Middle Ages in order to keep people from indulging their animalistic instincts. Views from this period continue to influence our culinary customs today.
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29.01.2014 Hannes Grassegger
In China people commonly greet each other with a question: “Have you eaten already?” Drawn-out multicourse meals are an important part of daily life. But foods are becoming increasingly contaminated. A visit to the Zhang family in the heart of Shanghai shows how people are coping.
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29.01.2014 Barbara Orland
One hundred and fifty years ago people bought fresh milk directly from local farmers. The rapidly growing demand in cities led not only to new distribution systems but also to conflicts between trading partners. From 1900 on, “milk wars” raged in several German cities.
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29.01.2014 Martin Beglinger
In October 1971 the Shah of Persia flew in eighteen tons of food to celebrate his country’s 2,500th anniversary and his own glory. Emperors, kings, presidents and sheikhs from all over the world were regaled for three days amidst the ancient ruins of Persepolis.
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