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Food & Culture deals with how we perceive food in our daily lives and how it can affect us in both positive and negative ways.

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The face of hunger isn't just homeless people on the street, inner city youth or the dispossessed. You may be surprised just how far-reaching -- and possibly close to home -- hunger really is in the United States.

By Sara Elliott

When people want to help feed the hungry, most will donate food, time or even money. And those things are always needed and appreciated. But if you want to get more involved, we have a list of things you can do.

By Sara Elliott

Have you ever left the theater after a food-centric film with your mouth watering for the onscreen delights? What are 10 movies that have left us wanting more -- or left us seriously questioning what's stocked in the pantry?

By Jessika Toothman

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Liver in your strudel? Sure, 3-year-olds are picky eaters, but sometimes full-grown taste buds have some strong opinions, too, like no organ-filled pastries. What are 10 foods we love to hate, and how can we get past our culinary prejudices?

By Julia Layton

Today, there are vast culinary realms to explore, and the route is as clear as your Internet connection. We've got five foods you should give a chance -- some you might recognize, some you might read about for the first time, others could have you holding your nose.

By Christine Venzon

Hectic days and sleepless nights make for exhausted moms who can barely remember to eat. Instead of giving her another pale yellow onesie for the little one, do her a favor and feed her.

By Debra Ronca

Christopher Columbus' travel food was a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand: sailors' hardtack. On the other: the delicious spices and fresh vegetables of the New World. What are five things Columbus would have eaten on the journey?

By Julia Layton

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If your exuberance for raw oysters, black coffee and moldy cheese makes your friends gag, then you've acquired a taste they haven't yet learned to like. Which foods don't make the best first impression?

By Debra Ronca

Have you ever made gelatin with bits of turkey suspended in it? Or drunk Tang because it was space-aged? If so, then you've embraced a food fad. Let's take a look at yesterday's and today's greatest food crazes.

By Debra Ronca

Choosing tailgate party treats can be tough -- you want to please the crowd, but you don't want anyone getting sick. What should you avoid if you want to keep your partygoers safe?

By Christine Venzon

The word "foodie" may be somewhat new to our lexicon. But it's no new phenomenon. You'll be amazed who makes this list.

By Debra Ronca

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We eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner -- and can't get enough! Whether you take yours hot or cold, loaded down with deli meat or spread with gourmet jellies, there's no arguing that sammies are here to stay.

By Echo Surina

When city-dwellers have to eat on the run, we hit the nearest hot dog cart or taco stand. Street food is plentiful in bustling metropolises, and the cuisine will transport you to places like Greece and Old World Vienna.

By Oisin Curran

From the hottest pepper (the ghost chili) to the most expensive beef (Wagyu), world record foods have shocked and awed us for a long time. Check out these pictures and enjoy some extreme foods.

By Chanel Lee

Neighbors may not meet over the outdoor clothesline anymore, but that doesn't mean we have to ignore them completely. Want to create a few fun summer memories while getting to know the people you're sharing the community with? Throw a block party.

By Sara Elliott

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Passover is a Jewish holiday celebrating the Hebrews' escape from Egyptian enslavement. Celebrated in March or April, Passover begins with an elaborate meal, called Seder, and continues for seven days.

By Marie Bobel

Chinese New Year is made up of a rich fabric of symbols, traditions and superstitions designed to influence the future. With a cultural heritage that spans more than 5,000 years, it's a 15-day celebration filled food that may shape your future.

By Sara Elliott & Francisco Guzman

Try these favorite recipes from the Miss America contestants of 2010.

From fresh fruit to gourmet candy and coffees from around the world, food has been a traditional holiday gift for centuries. But how do you know if your friends and family will like what you get them? Do a little research.

By Sara Elliott

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Ever wonder why you hated broccoli as a kid but now eat every spear on your plate? The answer: the evolving palate.

By Sarah Siddons & Sara Elliott

Where can you find the world's best pasta? The obvious answer is Italy, where the food staple originated. But did the Italians take a culinary cue from the Chinese? Were Marco Polo and Kublai Khan swapping recipes in the 13th century?

By Cristen Conger

In recent years, Hollywood has learned that people like watching others chow down on calf pancreas and camel spiders. Even so, one person's offal is another person's delicacy. Here are interesting foods enjoyed around the world.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

You'd be hard pressed to find a Canadian restaurant in the United States (except for the 300 Tim Hortons franchises...we'll get to that), but Canada's cultural and geographic diversity has produced quite a few foods that can boast Canadian heritage.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

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Henry VIII was known for hosting opulent feasts with every delicacy you could imagine. Read our list of 12 items found at a feast of Henry VIII, including whale meat and grilled beavers' tails!

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

Part salad dressing and part condiment, ranch is so popular in the U.S. that some people might consider it a food group. What in the world is ranch dressing actually?

By Ben Bowlin