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New York City restaurant Serendipity 3 makes the "Quintessential Grilled Cheese Sandwich," made with gold leaf, accompanied by the gold-adorned South African Lobster & San Marzano Tomato Bisque, for sandwich-dipping, of course. Courtesy of Liz Steger hide caption

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Worshipful female followers fought for the Mad Monk's leftover bread crusts. His infamous sweet tooth led to his death. Or did it? A century later, rumors about Grigori Rasputin, Russia's czarina whisperer, still swirl. RGALI/Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux hide caption

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Biologist Shaun Clements counts down the seconds before emptying a vial of synthetic DNA into a stream near Alsea, Oregon. Jes Burns/Oregon Public Broadcasting/EarthFix hide caption

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Vishwesh Bhatt is the executive chef of Snackbar, a restaurant in Oxford, Miss. And he's winning acclaim as one of the region's best chefs for Indian-inflected Southern fare that reflects a changing South. Danny Klimetz for NPR hide caption

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Mississippi Masala: How A Native Of India Became A Southern Cooking Star

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Celebrating Lunar New Year With The Woman Who Changed Chinese Food In The U.S.

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U.S. Wins Bocuse D'Or Cooking Competition For The First Time

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Milk Producers Pay Back Millions In Price-Fixing Settlement

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Fast-food workers in Los Angeles on Thursday protest against restaurant-chain mogul Andrew Puzder, who has been tapped as President Donald Trump's nominee for labor secretary. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The fishtail palm tree grows all over South Asia. In Sri Lanka, its sap is refined into a syrup that is used as a sweetener in Sri Lankan cuisine. Dinesh Valke/Flickr hide caption

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Tom Coleman, who manages more than 8,000 acres of pistachio trees across California, is worried that warmer temperatures will affect his crops. Ezra David Romero/Valley Public Radio hide caption

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