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#3258: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry Ramen – Japan

#3258: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry Ramen - Japan

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘The rich and deep flavor of the soup is created with beef, onion, garlic, miso and other spices and seasonings which all keep a perfect balance together. topped with four kinds of ingredients including diced potatoes which are the hidden stars of this dish,’

Cool – curry! Let’s do this.

Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry Ramen – Japan

#3258: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beeff, chicken and pork. To prepare, To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3258: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3258: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3258: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry Ramen - Japan

A dry soup base sachet.

#3258: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry Ramen - Japan

The garnish sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, spring onion, habanero togarashi, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and sesame seeds. Noodle were pretty good – not spongy. The broth was a nice one two punch of curry and sweetness which I liked quite a bit. The only down thing was the potatoes which were slow to hydrate. 4.0 out of 5,0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901734024545.

#3258: Sapporo Ichiban Japanese Curry Ramen - Japan

Sapporo most curry ramen 5 meals P

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#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki – South Korea

#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

Okay, alright. It’s another Buldak spicy thing and this time its not topokki and ramen, it’s just topokki. What’s exciting about this is that this is the export version. I’m usually not happy about getting export versions; I want the local versions; te ones that people in their respective countries find at the store. But what’s cool is that this is now available in the United States – and I’ve seen it here recently. This is original Buldak Bokkeummyun flavor – there’s also a Carbo version as well. For those of you who are asking ‘what’s a topokki?!’ here’s a little info from Wikipedia –

Tteok-bokki (떡볶이) or stir-fried rice cakes is a popular Korean food made from small-sized garae-tteok (long, white, cylinder-shaped rice cakes) called tteokmyeon (떡면; “rice cake noodles”) or commonly tteok-bokki-tteok(떡볶이 떡; “tteok-bokki rice cakes”).[1][2] Fish cakes, boiled eggs, and scallions are some of the most commonly added ingredients. It can be seasoned with either spicy gochujang (chili paste) or non-spicy ganjang (soy sauce)-based sauce; the former being the most typical form,[3], while the latter is less common and sometimes called gungjung-tteok-bokki (royal court tteok-bokki). Today, variations also include curry-tteok-bokki, cream sauce-tteok-bokki, jajang-tteok-bokki, seafood-tteok-bokki, galbi-tteok-bokki and so on. Tteok-bokki is commonly purchased and eaten at bunsikjip (snack bars) as well as pojangmacha (street stalls). There are also dedicated restaurants for tteok-bokki, where it is referred to as jeugseog tteok-bokki (impromptu tteok-bokki).

Ingredients such as seafoodshort ribsinstant noodleschewy noodles are also added to the dish.

Haemul-tteok-bokki, (해물떡볶이; “seafood tteok-bokki”) uses seafood as a sub ingredient.

Galbi-tteok-bokki (갈비떡볶이; “short ribs tteok-bokki”) is a tteok-bokki uses short ribs as an ingredient.

Ra-bokki (라볶이; “instant noodles tteok-bokki”) and jjol-bokki (쫄볶이; “chewy noodles tteok-bokki”), are quite similar. They both add noodles to tteok-bokki. ra-bokki and jjol-bokki differs from the kind of noodles added to tteok-bokki. ra-bokki adds ramyeon noodle, and jjol-bokki adds chewy noodles which are used to make jjol-myeon.

Alright – let’s cook it up and I’ll do my best to lay waste to it.

Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki – South Korea

#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add topokki and sauce to the bowl. Add water to fill line (note it’s much lower than on most noole cups. Microwave at 1000W for 2 minutes and 30 seconds with the lid on.  Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

An included spork!

#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

The sextet of tines here are daunting! Check this out for a full list of forks – it’s really quite fascinating!

#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

The pouch of topokki.

#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

A wet sachet containing the spicy sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Chewy topokki is of good quality and plentiful. The sauce is sweet and very spicy. It’s tasty as well as hot – the heat level reminds me of the topokki buldak ramen they produce. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073910270.

#3257: Samyang Foods Buldak Hot Chicken Flavor Topokki - South Korea

Buldak Tteokbokki Korean Rice Cake Instant Korean Snack Tteok Tteokbokki Rice Cake (spicy, 1)

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#3245: Myojo Umakara Spicy Miso Yakisoba – Japan

#3245: Myojo Umakara Spicy Miso Yakisoba - Japan

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘This yakisoba just debuted from Myojo as their first umakara miso flavor. Umakara is a word mixture of umai (delicious) and karai (spicy). Kogashi ninniku means roasted garlic, so this yakisoba offers you irresistible tastes of kogashi  ninniku with umakara miso flavor to fill your appetite! The kara miso paste (orange packet) add it as you like, you can maybe start adding little by little to see your preference of spiciness.”

Oh you know me I’ll use it all. Let’s check it out!

Myojo Umakara Spicy Miso Yakisoba – Japan

#3245: Myojo Umakara Spicy Miso Yakisoba - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork chicken and beef. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 5 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3245: Myojo Umakara Spicy Miso Yakisoba - Japan

Here is the lid (click to enlarge). Note the drain spout.

#3245: Myojo Umakara Spicy Miso Yakisoba - Japan

The noodle block.

#3245: Myojo Umakara Spicy Miso Yakisoba - Japan

Loose bits from the tray.

#3245: Myojo Umakara Spicy Miso Yakisoba - Japan

A wet sachet – yakisoba sauce.

#3245: Myojo Umakara Spicy Miso Yakisoba - Japan

The spicy sauce.

#3245: Myojo Umakara Spicy Miso Yakisoba - Japan

A dry garnish sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, TKG egg, kizami shoga, and black sesame seeds. The noodles are just right for the sauce. Sauce has a good miso taste – a nice tang to it and a good heat level. Included togarashi worked well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902881436939.

#3245: Myojo Umakara Spicy Miso Yakisoba - Japan

Ippeichan Fried Noodles Sauce Taste 4.8oz 4pcs Japanese Instant Noodle Myojo Yakisoba Ninjapo

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#3244: Yamachan Ramen Z Miso Flavor Ramen – United States

#3244: Yamachan Ramen Z Miso Flavor Ramen - United States

So when Yamachan contacted me about a gluten free ramen, I was interested. Really? How does that work? Well, only one way to find out! One thing is these are konyak noodles. I’ve had thick gauge konyak and really disliked it. I have to admit though seeing the gauge of these I’ve got hope. Let’s check it out!

Yamachan Ramen Z Miso Flavor Ramen – United States

#3244: Yamachan Ramen Z Miso Flavor Ramen - United States

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). To prepare, rinse noodles. Add noodles and miso paste to 6oz of water and microwave 3 minutes. Finally, sir and enjoy!

#3244: Yamachan Ramen Z Miso Flavor Ramen - United States

One of two servings of noodles.

#3244: Yamachan Ramen Z Miso Flavor Ramen - United States

One of two wet sachets.

#3244: Yamachan Ramen Z Miso Flavor Ramen - United States

Miso soup base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, black sesame seeds, and habanero togarashi. The noodles are indeed unique. The gauge definitely works for this style though; while they have a gummy kind of texture, it works with the broth. The miso broth is strong and tasty which I enjoyed. Couple that with a 136 calorie per reasonably sized serving size too. I was surprised how much I liked this. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 767921033608.

#3244: Yamachan Ramen Z Miso Flavor Ramen - United States

Gluten Free Ramen Z Sapporo style Miso soup flavor (shirataki, ramen noodles, pasta, chowmein), 7 oz -3 pags (2 servings in each bag)

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#3242: Acecook Fujikko Shio Yakisoba – Japan

#3150: Acecook Fujikko Shio Yakisoba - Japan

Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.

So here’s what the folks at Japan Crate had to say about this variety -“Yakisoba is a Japanese noodle stir-fry dish enjoyed all over Japan and is the perfect dish for the summer without a hot soup base. This type of yakisoba is flavored with a salt seasoning rather than the traditional soy sauce dressing.”

Let’s hit it!

Acecook Fujikko Shio Yakisoba – Japan

#3150: Acecook Fujikko Shio Yakisoba - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to line for 3 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3150: Acecook Fujikko Shio Yakisoba - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Note the drain spout.

#3150: Acecook Fujikko Shio Yakisoba - Japan

The noodle block.

#3150: Acecook Fujikko Shio Yakisoba - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3150: Acecook Fujikko Shio Yakisoba - Japan

Shio yakisoba sauce.

#3150: Acecook Fujikko Shio Yakisoba - Japan

A dry garnish sachet.

#3150: Acecook Fujikko Shio Yakisoba - Japan

Looks like sesame seeds, seaweed and possibly tempura bits.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, baked chicken (seasoned with black pepper, garlic powder, and Nutek Salt for Life). Noodles were pretty good – hydrated well and not at all spongy. The flavor was good – a little sweet and a nice shio hit. Sesame notes as well. Topping garnish (not pictured) featured sesame seeds and bits of tempura which had a satisfying crunch.  3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901071207540.

#3150: Acecook Fujikko Shio Yakisoba - Japan

Acecook JANJAN yakisoba Kokusosu 104g ~ 12 pieces

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#3240: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar – Taiwan

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

Recently, I heard about a variety from Tseng that I guess has been around for a little while but I’d never heard of it. A lot of confusion for me about this one. The biggest issue is the variety itself – what the heck is spicy dolar anyway? Nothing I could find on Wikipedia or elsewhere. But dolar must be a pretty common concept because there’s a restaurant in Canada I saw in Richmond that mentions it – something like Dolar Hotpot or something. Well, let’s check it out!

Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar – Taiwan

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 4.5~5.5 minutes. Drain, saving some cooking water. Add noodles and reserved water to a bowl along with sachet contents. Finally, stira nd enjoy!

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

One of the 4 servings in the pack.

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

Thin noodles.

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

A wet sachet.

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

Liquid and paste.

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

A second wet sachet.

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

Smells like soy sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallions, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and barbeque pork. The noodles have a nice gauge – thick and a little wide. They are chewier than I expected with the cook time. They went well with the sauce, which at the outset smelled extremely sweet, had a good balance of spiciness. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4713008550359.

#3147: Tseng Noodles Spicy Dolar - Taiwan

Tseng Noodles Variety Pack 3 Flavors (Pack of 3)

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#3238: Itsuki Soba – Japan

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

Today, we have one that was part of Japan Crate’s Umai Crate. So Japan Crate is a subscription service which has all sorts of different options for you. Pretty neat stuff from Japan! There’s a coupon code for you too – just use THERAMENRATER to get a special discount at check out.

So here’s what the folks at Japan Crate had to say about this variety -“Enjoy a hot bowl of this soba in its soup base, rich with flavors of bonito, soy sauce and spice.”

Yeah okay this sounds pretty good – fresh soba… Let’s do it!

Itsuki Soba – Japan

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, boil noodles in 300ml water for 1 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

A fresh soba pouch.

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

A light powder with a sweet scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, kamaboko, mentaiko furikake and spring onion. Noodles are definitely buckwheat soba. First time I think I’ve had fresh buckwheat in this form factor and it’s pretty decent. The broth was a pretty typical soy and bonito hit, however the balance of flavors worked better than any I’ve had before.. All in all alright. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901726014134.

#3238: Itsuki Soba - Japan

Itsuki food 2 co-yaki soba 340gX6 pieces

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#3235: Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon – Japan

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon - Japan

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one -“Thick and soft udon noodles topped with soft scrambled egg and deep-fried tofu. The simple dashi soup has a flavor of fish. You might want the mild sweetness to complete the ramen touring around Japan.’

Alright let’s give this a try.

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon – Japan

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains fish. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line as well as sachet contents. Cover for 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon - Japan

The noodle block.

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon - Japan

A dry sachet.

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon - Japan

A light powder.

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon - Japan

Loose bits of egg and tofu from the bowl.

Finished (click to enlarge).  Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, chashu pork, spring onion, and tempura bits.Noodles are broad and fat and soft – fried udon tends to match those stats a lot of the time. Broth is full of scrambled egg bits and has a sweet and bonito hit. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4902881426480.

Myojo Scrambled Egg Udon - Japan

Assorted Japanese Instant Cup Noodles 9 Cups of Yakisoba NT6000013

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#3234: No Name Shrimp Flavour Oriental Noodles And Soup Mix – Canada

#3234: No Name Shrimp Flavour Oriental Noodles And Soup Mix - Canada

Another Loblaw’s variety found at the Canadian SuperStore. I like shrimp. Sounds interesting and lacking a name which I enjoy. My wife’s favorite color is yellow. Let us begin.

No Name Shrimp Flavour Oriental Noodles And Soup Mix – Canada

#3234: No Name Shrimp Flavour Oriental Noodles And Soup Mix - Canada

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, boil noodles in 500ml water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy! There is an alternate method on this one which I think sounds interesting so that’s what we’re going to do today – cook noodles in 500ml boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain. Add a pat of butter, sachet contents and stir. Add seafood and vegetables. Enjoy!

#3234: No Name Shrimp Flavour Oriental Noodles And Soup Mix - Canada

The noodle block.

#3234: No Name Shrimp Flavour Oriental Noodles And Soup Mix - Canada

A dry sachet.

#3234: No Name Shrimp Flavour Oriental Noodles And Soup Mix - Canada

A tan powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp, spring onion, and pepper flake. Noodles came out as expected; a standard baseline instant varity. The flavor was pretty good – a salty kind of shrimp. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 060383030100.

#2957: No Name Chicken Vegetable Flavour Oriental Noodles And Soup Mix

More Than Poutine: Favourite Foods from My Home and Native Land

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#3232: Tiger Tiger Noodles In No Time Pad Thai – United Kingdom

#3232: Tiger Tiger Noodles In No Time Pad Thai - United Kingdom

Found this one at Walmart here in the area. Actually it was a Walmart Market – basically just groceries. Figured what the heck – it looks interesting. Shall we?

Tiger Tiger Noodles In No Time Pad Thai – United Kingdom

#3232: Tiger Tiger Noodles In No Time Pad Thai - United Kingdom

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free and mentions ‘suitable for vegetarians.’ To prepare, open lids halfway and microwave at 800W for 90 seconds. Add sauce to noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3232: Tiger Tiger Noodles In No Time Pad Thai - United Kingdom

A plastic cup of noodles.

#3232: Tiger Tiger Noodles In No Time Pad Thai - United Kingdom

A plastic cup of sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added barbeque pork, fried tofu, peanuts, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and coriander. The noodles are a little interesting – like egg noodles but rice. Not my favorite but worked well with the sauce. This was as much like pad thai and I’m a native of Thailand, however it was quite tasty. Basically sweet Thai chili sauce you find at the store is the base. It actually works, but it’s not pad thai by any stretch. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 846462142380.

#3232: Tiger Tiger Noodles In No Time Pad Thai - United Kingdom

Thailand: The Beautiful Cookbook

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#3228: MAMA Oriental Kitchen Hot Korean Flavour – Thailand

#3228: MAMA Oriental Kitchen Hot Korean Flavour - Thailand

The spicy fire trend reaches everywhere – here’s one from MAMA of Thailand now! It’s nice to see honestly; people really seem to like it hot and that’s something for years that wasn’t really offered. Something ‘hot and spicy’ was often anything but. Let’s see if this one packs a punch!

MAMA Oriental Kitchen Hot Korean Flavour – Thailand

#3228: MAMA Oriental Kitchen Hot Korean Flavour - Thailand

Detail of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles and dry sachet 2 minutes in 400ml water. Drain. Add in wet sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3228: MAMA Oriental Kitchen Hot Korean Flavour - Thailand

The noodle block.

#3228: MAMA Oriental Kitchen Hot Korean Flavour - Thailand

A wet sachet.

#3228: MAMA Oriental Kitchen Hot Korean Flavour - Thailand

A thick sauce/paste.

#3228: MAMA Oriental Kitchen Hot Korean Flavour - Thailand

A dry garnish sachet.

#3228: MAMA Oriental Kitchen Hot Korean Flavour - Thailand

Greenery.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added micro arugala, black sesame seeds, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, and soft egg. This is definitely a Thai take on the fire noodle. Noodles are thicker and chewier which works nicely. Flavor is strong and definitely has the same style of heat although a little different. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8850987148200.

#3228: MAMA Oriental Kitchen Hot Korean Flavour - Thailand

Mama Instant Cup Noodles Oriental Kitchen Hot & Spicy Flavour Net Wt 65 g (2.29Oz) x 6 cups

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#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup – Russia

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

When I used to drink (and I was very good at it, mind you), I would often try beers from different countries. One I remember from South Korea was Hite beer. It’s pretty good stuff – they had them in cans and bottles and then in these huge plastic jugs which I would get from time to time. This one’s a private label variety from Samyang Foods that came in a recent box from them. Very curious about this one – let’s give it a looksie…

Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup – Russia

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water and sachet contents and cover 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

The noodle block.

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

Loose bits from the cup.

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

A dry sachet.

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

A coarse powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg yolk, boiled beef, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion. Noodles came out well for the most part although got on little crunchy one which flavorwise was negligible. The broth was a lightly spicy one with a sweetness and attention to mushroom. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8801073211698.

#3226: Hite Ramen Cup Noodle Soup - Russia

The Noodle Narratives: The Global Rise of an Industrial Food into the Twenty-First Century

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