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What’s in Your Orange Juice?

Follow @yaleSCIbooks Alissa Hamilton, author of Squeezed: What You Don’t Know about Orange Juice was featured in a recent article from Men’s Health magazine titled “The Worst Chemicals in Your Food.” While many orange juice brands tout their products as “all natural” and “freshly squeezed” the fruit beverage’s delicious flavor does not come wholly from freshly […]

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A Rich Spot of Earth

The Thomas Jefferson “A Rich Spot of Earth” Quiz

Follow @yaleSCIbooks “If heaven had given me choice of my position and calling, it should have been on a rich spot of earth, well watered, and near a good market…” – Thomas Jefferson, 1811 Thomas Jefferson was passionate about horticulture and his gardens at his home in Monticello. Peter J. Hatch—former Director of Gardens and […]

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A Rich Spot of Earth

Jefferson: America’s Epicurean President

You may know Thomas Jefferson as the third U.S. President but ever consider that he has, thus far, been our nation’s only epicurean president? In his book “A Rich Spot of Earth”: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello, Peter J. Hatch introduces yet another of Jefferson’s many extra-political interests that shaped his eclectic life: food […]

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Squeezed

Squeezed to the Last Drop: From Florida Orange Groves to the Courtroom

Follow @yaleSCIbooks Merriam Webster defines “natural” as “growing without human care; not cultivated,” but one organization that does not define how the word natural can be used is the Food and Drug Administration. This absence of a definition in the food industry is at the heart of Alissa Hamilton’s Squeezed: What You Don’t Know About […]

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Milk

Deborah Valenze on the History of Milk

Follow @yaleSCIbooks In honor of National Dairy Month in June, we thought you might like a taste of Deborah Valenze’s Milk: A Local and Global History, covering the illuminating cultural history of milk, from ancient myth to modern grocery store, now available in paperback from Yale University Press.       Deborah Valenze— Cows that […]

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A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden at Monticello

Summer Vegetable Recipes from the Monticello Gardens

As summer begins, new cooking and eating habits begin to form: fresh produce from gardens and orchards become more widely available, but how have our practices changed alongside technological and economic developments? For most Americans, the store racks, and now even online grocers, have eliminated the agricultural pleasures, ponderings, and plenty of personal gardens, let […]

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A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden at Monticello

Birthday Party in Thomas Jefferson’s Garden

“I have often thought that if heaven had given me choice of my position and calling, it should have been on a rich spot of earth, well watered, and near a good market for the productions of the garden.” – Thomas Jefferson (b. April 13, 1743 – d. July 4, 1826)   In 1811, Thomas […]

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Squeezed

Seriously, What Are We Drinking?: Alissa Hamilton on Orange Juice

Follow @yaleSCIbooks With the federal lawsuit being brought against Tropicana on the basis of alleged consumer fraud for their packaging and distribution of “100% pure and natural” orange juice, Alissa Hamilton, author of Squeezed: What You Don’t Know About Orange Juice, has been commenting on the industry practices that are involved in producing everyone’s favorite […]

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Every Twelve Seconds

Lest We Forget: Killing by the Numbers

Follow @yaleSCIbooks Sarah Underwood— Sometimes, the forgetting of history is accidental and gradual—a lost document, a mistranslation, or the unfortunate lack of a written record in the first place. On other occasions, events do not have to pass into history before they are forgotten. Those are the ones that are concealed from the start and […]

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Potato: A History of the Propitious Esculent

The Mysteries of the Potato Revealed

Follow @yaleSCIbooks Europe took a very long time to get used to the spud, according to John Reader in Potato: A History of the Propitious Esculent. The Bible never mentions potatoes, so European clergymen in the 1700s banned the consumption of the suspiciously anonymous tuber. Doctors in the previous century had already decided that the […]

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