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Asia's poor suffer as food prices drive inflation

Surging food prices in India are forcing families to cut back on meat and vegetables. In Indonesia, they prompted the president to urge people to grow their own chili peppers. And in China, restaurant owners are feeling the squeeze.Full story

Sizzlin’ hot! Lakshmi's fiery recipes

  Celebrity chef Padma Lakshmi shares some festive and tasty winter dishes for your next meal.

Weaponized chili pepper

  A chili pepper called the “Ghost Pepper” is so hot that India’s military is using it as a sort of tear gas. NBC’s Thanh Truong visits a place it’s being served on burgers, with a warning.

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