By The Numbers

Would You Pay $260 For A Fancy-Ass Chocolate Bar From Ecuador?

And it comes with tweezers and a 116-page manual...
Dec 3, 2014 10:00 am

Suddenly, shelling out $10 for a fancy-pants Mast Brothers chocolate bar seems rather pedestrian. After all, you can get 26 of those daintily wrapped, handcrafted-in-Brooklyn dealies for the same price as a significantly less-filling, 1.5-ounce serving of the limited-edition To'ak variety, whose astronomical pricetag ($260 a pop) has been making headlines lately. We examine the reasons for the hefty pricetag, as well as our favorite reactions on social media.

'Natural' Labeled Food Is A $40 Billion Industry. Here's How It All Works

There's a lot of truth to this advertising spoof
Jun 26, 2014 11:30 am

More than $40 billion worth of "natural"-labeled food is sold each year — making it the most lucrative buzzword in food marketing outside of mentioning the fat content. Here's a video that puts this "natural" business in perspective.

By The Numbers: The Oxford Encyclopedia Of Food And Drink In America

It's a very big book about eating and drinking
Nov 26, 2012 12:01 pm

Wondering what exactly constitutes Appalachian food? Curious about what people were eating for dessert in the 1950s? (Answer: zabaglione.) Find out about nearly every American food topic you can fathom, from airplane food to Zombie cocktails, by consulting the newly updated Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, now in its second edition. Here's a breakdown of the 2,560-page tome.

Fast Stats From Auction Napa 

America's largest wine auction, with live cheetahs
Jun 5, 2012 12:01 pm

This past weekend, Napa Valley Vintners held its annual community fundraiser and baller wine auction at the Meadowood Resort  St. Helena, California. Here's a numerical breakdown of all the action.

Dinner for Four Thousand?

Cooking for hungry Midshipmen at the Naval Academy
Jul 12, 2011 9:46 am

For David O’Malley as with hundreds and thousands of others who know their way around a kitchen, cooking is a second-nature activity that you do between one and three times a day. The difference between O’Malley and the rest of us is that most of us aren’t cooking for 4,500 hungry members of the Armed Services.

Cooking for such a large number of people every...


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