Food Waste Around the World: Japan

By: Karen Diep Recently, I took a trip to Japan that took me through eight cities and a countless number of temples. From this trip, I learned that Japan’s busy lifestyle demands convenience in almost every aspect of the people’s daily lives. This requires most meals to be quick, easy, and of course tasty. This got…

What is (Food) Waste?

By: Karen Diep, Culinologist Contributor  Food waste is something most of us don’t think about. It’s a common mistake we all make. It’s difficult to bring ourselves to worry about “trash.” However, when issues like a 9 billion population by 2050 looms over your head, you really have to wonder: how are we going to…

Chinese New Year

By: Karen Diep Chinese New Year is quite literally the Super Bowl of Chinese holidays. It’s the most celebrated holiday on Earth (1.26 billion people and counting) and is celebrated throughout Asia in some form or another. Chinese New Year (CNY) is actually based on the lunar calendar which follows the cycles of the moon…

On the Shelf: Flour Water Salt Yeast by Ken Forkish

By: Karen Diep Making bread is challenging. I refuse to say that it’s hard because that will denote that is impossible–which it’s not–but it is definitely a challenge. But it’s a challenge that reaps amazing rewards. Nothing tastes better than freshly baked bread–nothing. Despite its struggles, bread baking is one of the most rewarding tasks…