New local cookbook documents 230 traditional Malaysian recipes

It is a cold, balmy evening… one of those gloomy, overcast days when the rain has cast a miserable pallor over the sky. But in 78-year-old Datin Kalsom Taib’s cool patio overlooking a fecund, foliage-laden garden, both the howling of the wind and the drip-drip patter of rain are ably drowned out by the animated conversation taking place between Kalsom and her 70-year-old cousin Datin Hamidah Abdul Hamid.

“I am not happy with this, the inside is okay but the outside is not cantik, ” says Hamidah, frowning at a disc-shaped kuih, the famed Borneo sweet treat, kuih penyaram (also

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Africa: Why Healthy Food and Its Local Production Should Be Part of the Covid-19 Response

When a pandemic hits, questions that immediately arise include what impact there will be on public health, the economy and other aspects of society. Another set of questions involves response priorities for governments and households.

Food is central to both sets of questions. On the one hand, access to sufficient, nutritious food is threatened. On the other, focusing on food offers promising pandemic response options.

Reports from various countries highlight concerns about the impact of COVID-19 and pandemic response measures on food supplies, whether due to shortages, price rises or cash constraints. Even in rich countries, anxiety about possible shortages

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Why healthy food and its local production should be part of the COVID-19 response

Why healthy food and its local production should be part of the COVID-19 response
Fruit and vegetables at a market in Kenya. The WHO is pushing for consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, fish and unsaturated fats. Credit: Shutterstock

When a pandemic hits, questions that immediately arise include what impact there will be on public health, the economy and other aspects of society. Another set of questions involves response priorities for governments and households.

Food is central to both sets of questions. On the one hand, access to sufficient, nutritious food is threatened. On the other, focusing on food offers promising pandemic response options.

Reports from various countries highlight concerns about

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The Bay Area’s Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining, According to Local Food Insiders

Eater SF had already sent out our 2020 year in review survey — a set of questions for the Bay Area’s food industry’s movers and shakers — when the news came down that outdoor dining, which the region had enjoyed for several months, would be closed down as COVID-19 case rates skyrocketed. That made one of the questions we’d asked, “What restaurant offered your favorite outdoor dining setup or experience?” an immediate relic.



a group of people walking down a street: The outdoor dining setup at Flanahan’s Pub, which local food writer Lauren Sloss “really love”s, reopened to patrons on Friday, January 29


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The outdoor dining setup at Flanahan’s Pub, which local food writer Lauren Sloss “really love”s, reopened to patrons on Friday, January 29

Now, with

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