Valentine’s Day traditions are all about showing love to those closest to us. Whether you’re a romantic or a cynic, the holiday is inescapable and it is difficult to keep from indulging in one way or another.

Our stories this week dig into some hard truths associated with Valentine’s rituals. Kevin Chang Barnum tells about the anxieties within the dairy industry. Ruby Walsh speaks to Tasha Marks, food historian and artist, about the legacy of the sugar sculpture. Jess Krainchich provides some hope in an interview with ethical chocolate company Fine and Raw. And finally, Kat Johnson travels to Alabama to bring us a story of an unusual delicacy: deer heart tartare.

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