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New Delhi: From learning grandmas recipes to traditional Uzbek home-cooking, travellers now get access to 3,000 unique recipes that are usually reserved for friends and family across seventy-five countries globally with Cooking on Airbnb Experiences.

There is no better way of getting familiar with the culture of a place than through its food. Unlike typical cooking classes, people coming together to make and share a meal creates a human connection. The new experience will be hosted by families, farmers, pastry cooks and more, with local hosts highlighting the deeper meaning behind traditional recipes and sharing stories in intimate settings around the world.

To protect the personal nature of each recipe, each experience has been vetted against guidelines inspired by Slow Food, a grassroots organisation whose mission is to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions. Through this vetting process, each host of an Airbnb Experience communicates the unique essence of every dish through their personal stories and has proven deep knowledge of the heritage of the cuisine that they share.

To promote the experience the travel portal is calling on the world to apply or nominate their favourite home cook who will win a once in a lifetime trip to Italy. There, they will learn to refine their family recipe and cement their legacy in an Airbnb cookbook, planned for 2020. The top 100 applicants will also get to study alongside experts including chef David Chang and his mom, Sherri, during one of the four, specially-organised five-day courses at Slow Food’s University of Gastronomic Sciences, located within the UNESCO world heritage site in Pollenzo, Northern Italy.


Highlights of Cooking on Airbnb Experiences include:

·Cook Lunch with Prue Leith (London UK)

·Maize Workshop with Enrique Olvera (Mexico City, Mexico)

·Heritage Cooking with Damian D’Silva (Singapore)

·Traditional Uzbek Home-Cooking (Brooklyn, NY)

·French pastry making in Montmartre (Paris, France)

·Mexican Food You Can Make at Home (Mexico City, Mexico)

·Home-Cooked Flavors of Singapore (Singapore)

·Ancient Cooking Customs of Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico)

·Make Japanese Street Food with Mom (Tokyo, Japan)

·Handmade Pasta with Grandma (Rome, Italy)

·Soba Noodle Making in a Traditional Home (Tokyo, Japan)

·Traditional Argentinian Home-Cooking (Forest Hills, New York)

·A Modern Take on Traditional Zulu Food (Dolphin Coast, South Africa)

·Make Chinese Dumplings from Scratch (New York, New York)

·Slow Food- Bento Box Making (Fujinomiya-City, Japan)

·CACAO Dishes from Fruit to Bar (London, UK)

·Secret Garden Dinner in Historic Mansion (Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Thailand)

·Cooking with Critters (Los Angeles, California)

·Cook and Sword Performance Back in Edo (Tokyo, Japan)



Secret Garden Dinner in Historic Mansion (Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Thailand)


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TMC leader Nusrat Jahan earns praise with Instagram post

The fans praised her, with one commenting: “You are amazing”. Another wrote: “Hope you helped the child!!” “Really so lovely,” one post read.

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New Delhi, Dec 10 : Bengali movie actress and Trinamool Congress leader Nusrat Jahan’s photograph on Instagram in which she is cuddling a little balloon-seller went viral, with people hailing her humanitarian gesture. The post got 386 comments and 50,006 likes.

The politician posted the picture on her Instagram account and wrote: “Made my weekend special… with the special one…a one-and-a-half-year-old baby selling balloons…was way more cuter and colourful than the balloons…#loveforall #loveistheonlylanguage.

The fans praised her, with one commenting: “You are amazing”. Another wrote: “Hope you helped the child!!” “Really so lovely,” one post read.

“Appreciate your loving nature. I admire you as you have a loving heart, ” one fan wrote. “God bless you. Your heart is as beautiful as your face,” commented another.

“God bless you, ma’am. You are such a nice person. A big fan,” wrote another person.

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Our ancestors learnt to smile so that they can have sex

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London, Dec 10 : Believe it or not but our forefathers were way smarter than us when it came to wooing the opposite sex for mating. According to a new study, Neanderthals learnt how to smile and make expressive faces in order to attract less-aggressive mates.

Researchers from the University of Milan focused on genetic samples from Neanderthals, which showed that gene mutations might have led humans to “self-select less aggressive mating partners”.

This behaviour finally led to the “self-domestication” of ancient humans.

The study suggests that modern humans domesticated themselves after they split from their extinct relatives — Neanderthals and Denisovans — approximately 600,000 years ago, reported sciencemag.org citing the study that was published in the journal Science Advances.

Giuseppe Testa, a molecular biologist at University of Milan in Italy, and colleagues knew that one gene, BAZ1B, plays an important role in orchestrating the movements of neural crest cells.

Most people carry two copies of this gene.

Significantly, one copy of BAZ1B is missing in people with Williams-Beuren syndrome, a disorder linked to cognitive impairments and extreme friendliness.

Genetic data was gathered from human stem cells taken from the remains of two Neanderthals and one Denisovan.

These two groups of prehistoric ancestors lived around the same time and there is even evidence to suggest they interbred.

“BAZ1B” is the gene which allows dogs to make their eyes expressive in a way wolves cannot, reports NYPost.

“It is thought that selected breeding patterns of some Neanderthals led to the BAZ1B gene and could have contributed to Homo sapiens developing distinctively expressive faces”.

When the researchers looked at hundreds of BAZ1B-sensitive genes, they found that in modern humans, those genes had accumulated loads of regulatory mutations of their own.

This suggests natural selection was shaping them.

According to The Sun, Williams-Beuren syndrome causes humans to have what same people perceive as a welcoming expression with a wide mouth and a small nose.

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Kriti Sanon ‘excited’ to play surrogate mother in ‘Mimi’

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New Delhi, Dec 10 : Actress Kriti Sanon, who is currently busy shooting for “Mimi”, expresses excitement about the film.

The film has an unusual story by Bollywood standards. It casts Kriti as a young surrogate mother.

“I am very excited. It’s based on the subject of surrogacy but actually it’s the story of this young girl who wants to be an actor. She’s a dancer in Mandawa and she ends up being a surrogate for couple. Then, the things that follow change her life and also change her as a person,” Kriti told IANS.

She added: “It’s a lot on me. It’s around this character Mimi. It is very entertaining, a beautiful script. One of the most beautiful scripts I have read. You will have a lot of humour and situational humour. At the same time, there are a lot of characters you will take back home.”

The film is directed by “Luka Chuppi” fame Laxman Utekar.

“We’ve shot 40 per cent of the film. It’s based in Mandawa, Rajasthan. I think you realise that you are excited and passionate about a project when you end up narrating the story to every person around,” she laughed.

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