Winner of the James Beard/ KitchenAid Cookbook of the Year 2000 and Winner of the Beard Award for the Best Writing on Food 2000.
 
 
October 19, 2017
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Mangia Bene

Phaseolus vulgaris or the Green Bean
 The green bean originates in Central and South America...

 

The Origin and History of Spinach
    Spinach comes from a central and southwestern Asian gene center where it may have originated from Spinacia tetranda, which is still gathered as a wild edible green in Anatolia...

 

Swiss Chard
    The Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris var...

 

Did the Ancients Know the Artichoke? A Review of the Evidence
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A Short History of Lentils
    The earliest archeological dating of lentils is from the Paleolithic and Mesolithic layers of Franchthi Cave in Greece (13,000 to 9,500 years ago) and from the end-Mesolithic at Mureybit and Tell Abu Hureya in Syria, and about 8000 B...

 

What Was Christs Thorn?
    A 1999 analysis of pollen grains and plant images on the Shroud of Turin, with its faint image of a crucified man and even fainter images of plants, and alleged by Catholics to be the burial cloth of Jesus, now places its origin in Jerusalem before the eighth century, refuting a 1988 study that placed the cloth as being no earlier than the mid-thirteenth century...

 

Short History of the Potato
The record of the potato’s exact place of origin and how it came to the Mediterranean is scanty...

 

The World of Legumes
The members of the botanical family known as Leguminosae were among the first cultivated plants in the Mediterranean...

 

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