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Are people reconnecting with the traditional household activities of their mothers and grandmothers under quarantine? The preparation of sourdough begins with a mix of flour, water and natural yeast. (Shutterstock)

Before DIY sourdough starters became popular, there was home economics

Home economics isn't dead: We need it now more than ever. Founded by a pioneering chemist, it's about the insight that a change in one part of a system affects all the other parts.
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Great time to try: baking sourdough bread

If you haven't already, join the sourdough revolution. Being home means you can tend to your starter, satisfy carb cravings, bake healthier bread and impress your friends on social media.
These foods are all dependent on microorganisms for their distinctive flavor. margouillat photo/Shutterstock.com

Thank fungi for cheese, wine and beer this holiday season

Bread. Yeast. Wine. Cheese. All these delicious foods are courtesy of various forms of domesticated fungi. So how, exactly, did humans tame wild fungi into the cooperative species that make our food?

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