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A Short History of Sushi
The Japanese dish of humble origins that conquered the world. 

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The discovery of sushi

The discovery of sushi

Nowadays sushi is maybe the most cherished dish in Japan. And most of us tend to believe that it originates from Japanese areas. However, Sushi has first appeared and started being cooked in Thaila...

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The arrival of sushi in Japan

Around 718 sushi had finally reached Japan, after having been discovered and consumed in Thailand and Vietnam for quite a while. While glorified for its taste, it was found unworthy because of its ...

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The different ways of cooking sushi

  • During the 17th century, sushi started being cooked in a faster, however still delicious way: haya-zushi involved using vinegard and let it work its wonders on the fish for a few days.
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Sushi in modern times

One of the best things modern times have brought to us, by means of technology, was the fact of preparing sushi in a fast and exquisite way. Having the possibility to serve raw sushi, which would l...

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Ultra-Processed Foods

Ultra-processed foods like white bread, cereal, chips, and wafers are remarkably common, convenient, affordable, extremely profitable for the makers, come in strong flavors and are aggressively ma...

Our Everyday Foods

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  • The savory snacks and sweet baked goods.
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