Category: Sophia’s Smorgasbord

The United States is food-illiterate

(Local farming / Smith_cl9) Did you know that 7% of American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows? Just kidding. That might be an inaccurate statistic due to the poorly designed survey, but reams of more accurate data actually show that many Americans are agriculturally illiterate.  For instance, in 2011, only 56% of fourth [...]

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The Politicization of Food is Diminishing Its Simplicity | Sophia’s Smorgasbord

Tunde Wey, Nigerian chef. (Emory Wheel/Ally Hom) For most people, trying to tackle the racial inequity in health care is a multi-faceted problem, complicated by numerous factors like race, socioeconomic status and inadequate accessibility. But for Tunde Wey, a Nigerian chef and founder of BabyZoos, his solution was simple: applesauce.  Wey’s start-up company, BabyZoos, sells [...]

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Spice Up Life. | Sophia’s Smorgasbord

(Pixabay/Hans) “Could be spicier.” One of my favorite recurring comments from Ben Thomas (23C), one of the Wheel’s managing editors. More than a simple culinary descriptor, the word operates instead as a vivid, lively synonym of “interesting.” So let me present to you the spiciest information to have graced my life recently: capsaicin, the chemical [...]

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You’ve Been Bamboozled. Rectangle Sandwiches Are Better. | Sophia’s Smorgasbord

Horizontally-cut, rectangular sandwich. The objectively better sandwich cut. (Emory Wheel / Sophia Ling) Do you prefer diagonally or horizontally cut sandwiches? Ask chefs, architects, mathematicians and home cooks and they’ll say triangles are the superior sandwich shape. But my recent bread baking endeavors inspired me to conduct my own study to determine if triangles really [...]

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