After a heavy Eating Out section last week, the Times returns with a fabulous Dining In lineup of articles in today's Dining Section. We were arrested by the photo above of heirloom moon and stars watermelons, the lead image in a story about all the disappearing foods of the United States. The best way to preserve these foods? To Save a Species, Serve It for Dinner. This is a great article; check out the interactive multimedia slideshow of endangered foods too.
More from the Times below, including what fertilizer is and what it means to farmers worldwide, a quick dish of spring vegetables, citrus-infused vodkas and more.
Spirits of the Times: A Tinge of Citrus in a Vodka Bottle - Looking at citrus-infused vodkas.
Sparks of Flavor Stand in for Heat - The Minimalist makes those quick and delicious Chinese stir-fried snow peas.
Shortages Threaten Farmers' Key Tool: Fertilizer - The quality of life and health in Vietnam has improved enormously since farmers gained access to fertilzers. But now fertilizer prices are tripling. This piece is a good examination of what fertilizer is and what it means for farmers.
Celebrating the Shad by Sparing It - The part of the shad will be played by farmed Atlantic salmon at a shad festival this spring.
And More from Florence Fabricant...
• Your Cheese Is Gasping for Breath - Fabricant covers Formaticum's cheese paper, which we also discovered here.
• A Fresh Look at the Spice Rack - A lavish new book on spices and their storage.
• Juleps That Go Beyond Mint - Shiso juleps!
• A Romanian Lets a Frenchman Into His Salami Shop - Eastern European sausages with a French twist.
(Top image credit: Seed Savers Exchange)