Rachel Laudan

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Five Takeaways from Food Tech for Social Good, Austin Startup Week

Yesterday I made a rare sortie into downtown Austin to attend a “Food Tech for Social Good,” one of many, many events during session Austin Startup Week. Joi Chevalier of the Cook’s Nook, Austin’s first culinary incubator, with her background… Continue Reading →

Gone Fishing: From West Africa to Scandinavia and Back

  OK. Here goes with a post that is nerdy beyond belief. I love nerdy. Drying fish so that it lasts and lasts instead of going bad is one of the great accomplishments in food history. From no later than… Continue Reading →

Does the horchata family of drinks stretch as far as China?

The horchata family of drinks are suspensions or emulsions of grains, nuts, seeds, or roots in water, almost invariably sweetened to some degree. It is my belief that they go back to Antiquity gained popularity in the Islamic world in… Continue Reading →

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