COVER

How the World Eats

In the Face of Westernization, families across the globe are abandoning traditional diets and dining habits

Taste Test: Same, but Different

Think a particular brand of tomato soup or ice cream will taste the same all over the planet? A trip to Nestlé's food research lab reveals the science of localizing flavor

Señora Carmen's Secrets

Preserved in the mountain mists of Galicia is a tiny village with no shop and one cow where the flavors of the past are as fresh as ever

Food Aid: Hungry For Change

Food aid saves millions of lives each year, but it doesn't alleviate the root causes of famine. It is time to rethink how we feed the poor

A Cook's Tour

Fusion pioneer Jean-Georges Vongerichten never stops testing culinary boundaries. On the road with the busiest chef in the biz

Kaiseki: Perfection On a Plate

A modern master inducts a TIME writer into the mysteries of kaiseki, Japan's most exquisite — and least international — culinary tradition

ASIA

Pakistan's Reluctant Hero

Iftikhar Chaudhry just wants his job back, but the suspended jurist has become the symbol of a pro-democracy uprising

SCIENCE

GLOBAL ADVISER

Pack Your Trunk (The Great Outdoors)

Gabon's rain forest is home to orchids, elephants and surfing hippos

Remembering the Wall (Diversions)

A new 160-km trail in Berlin is a superb route for cycling — and history

Acquired Tastes (Local Fare)

Port of Spain's best restaurant, Battimamzelle, serves up seasonal menus that blend Trini traditions with haute Continental

Stars and Bars (Check In)

The Costa del Sol's glamorous Marbella Club provides a fantasy setting for a Spanish sojourn

BRIEFING