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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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Dans La Traversée de Paris, Louis de Funès incarne un boucher avide et dénué de scupules. ©DR
21.05.2019 Emilie Boré
On screen, butchers are ambivalent characters. Associated with death and nourishment, they incite both fear and fascination. The cold chamber awaits…
7 min. 1 comment
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.
5 min. 1 comment
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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...
5 min. 1 comment
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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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04.04.2017 The Alimentarium Team
Tomatoes come from the Andes and coffee from Ethiopia. An overview of the production of some foodstuffs, from their origin to where they are mainly grown today.
3 min. 3 comments
28.03.2017 The Alimentarium Team
Wilbur Scoville, a pharmacologist, invented the Scoville scale in 1912 to measure the pungency of peppers and chillies, generally related to their capsaicin content. To establish a chilli pepper’s rating, Scoville would prepare it in a solution, which was then tested by five people. He increased its dilution until the sensation of heat disappeared. The score on the scale represents the level of dilution required for the sensation of heat to disappear completely.
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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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22.04.2015 Olivier Mottaz
Depending on one’s view, the theme of nursing can arouse affection or be unsettling. How did artists from different periods of history choose to present it?
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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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27.11.2014 Veeranganakumari Solanki

India is a country with diverse cultures, cuisines and eating habits. These habits factor into diverse issues created by social situations associated with migration, urbanisation and farming. Four Indian artists’ works deconstruct and explore the satiation of India’s population in various strata of society.

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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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