Click of the Wrist – At the Table

Happy Thanksgiving! Before sitting down to the family feast, take a closer look at the menu; the ?traditional? turkey, cranberries, vegetables, and pumpkin pie have fascinating histories and backstories of their own. This week’s links serve up some unique table talk:

Turkey Tale

Ever wonder why turkeys share a name with a country on a different continent? Linguists disagree on the exact story behind the name, but this NPR radio program presents two of the more popular theories.

Art of Carving

Move over, turkeys: there’s another carving form in town. The ancient Thai art of Kae Sa Luk creates beautiful sculptures from carved vegetables and fruits. You can find some of the stunning results in the Bangkok-based Carving Institute’s photo collection. Healthy food never looked so good!

Growing Pains

Cranberries don’t grow on store shelves?nor do they grow on trees. In fact, the small fruits grow on waterlogged vines, and require very specific conditions in order to survive to maturity. This multimedia web ?course? takes readers behind the often fascinating scenes of cranberry production.

Just Desserts

Thanksgiving dinner wouldn’t be complete without a pie, pumpkin or otherwise. While You’re waiting for dessert, take a look at the fascinating history of pie making. From preserving a meat filling to anchoring a meal, the once-humble pastry has come a long way!

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