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Why Is Vietnamese Food in America Frozen in the 1970s?

March 22nd, 2019


Forty years after the Vietnam War, many Vietnamese restaurants in America are still a tribute to a time and a place that no longer exists: 1970s Saigon.

Why Do Mathematicians Love Romanesco Cauliflower?

March 21st, 2019


The bumpy brassica is among nature’s coolest fractals.

Joe Beef Is Cooking for the End of the World

March 20th, 2019


If you're a fan of home cooking, deep dives into culinary history, and emerging topics in today’s quickly moving food …

What’s the Difference Between an Amaro and a Digestif?

March 19th, 2019


It’s as much a state of mind as a category of drinks.

The Case for Unripe Mangoes

March 18th, 2019


With a dry-braised Durban curry, you can make the most of tart, fibrous green mangoes.

What’s the Difference Between Tamari and Soy Sauce?

March 17th, 2019


The important thing to know about the sainted sauce of hippies and gluten-free eaters.

Brooklyn’s Kosher Takeout Scene. It's a Scene.

March 16th, 2019


Home-style Ashkenazi shops in New York City keep tradition alive and fuel the Jewish Sabbath table.

Who Invented Carrot Cake?

March 15th, 2019


It had nothing to do with cutting back on sugar.

Elegy of a Tsukiji Tour Guide

March 14th, 2019


Naoto Nakamura gave nearly 200 tours a year at the mythic Tokyo fish market. And now that it’s gone, he reflects on his time sneaking visitors through the twists and turns.

Are Carrots Really Good For Your Eyes?

March 13th, 2019


They won’t really help you see in the dark.

The Cult of Spicy Chile Crisp Is Real

March 12th, 2019


Chile crisp is the garlicky, spicy, crunchy condiment that somehow works in everything from noodles to ice cream to peanut brittle.

What is Alabama White Barbecue Sauce?

March 11th, 2019


Test your regional barbecue knowledge here.

The Radical Pie That Fueled a Nation

March 10th, 2019


The bean pie is sweet, custard-like, and a foundationally humble foodstuff. It’s also a culinary icon of the controversial Nation …

How Do You Make Pastrami?

March 9th, 2019


And the dirty secret of world-famous delis.

The Internet’s Safe Space for Extreme Canning

March 8th, 2019


Facebook message boards have become community cookbooks for the iPhone age. Sometimes they get weird.

What is Romesco Sauce?

March 7th, 2019


Sure, Italy has pesto, but this oily Spanish nut and pepper sauce is worth adding to your rotation.

The Key to True Irish Porridge? The Right Oats.

March 6th, 2019


And sometimes flavor needs to rise above convenience.

Who Invented the Sloppy Joe?

March 5th, 2019


Inside the arcana of America’s messiest sandwich.

The /r/steak Generation: People on Reddit Are Really Into Food

March 4th, 2019


If you're a fan of home cooking, deep dives into culinary history, and emerging topics in today’s quickly moving food …

What is Dashi?

March 3rd, 2019


How to make the liquid foundation of Japanese cooking.

When Food Doesn't Bring Us Together

March 2nd, 2019


"Homecoming is an annual tradition in Southern churches. But what happens when the welcome mat isn’t rolled out for everyone?"

Why Does Southern Flour Make Better Biscuits?

March 1st, 2019


The real reason you can’t find a great biscuit north of the Mason Dixon line.

In the South, Cottage Cheese Was Never Not Cool

February 28th, 2019


Making cottage cheese to rival any Southern grandmother’s—but in an Instant Pot.

My Love for Gnocco Fritto

February 27th, 2019


I miss gnocco fritto like an old friend. When we get together, the conversation comes so easy.

Pizza Pizza, Bubbles Bubbles

February 26th, 2019


How a sparkling wine from Emilia-Romagna makes, basically, all slices taste better. Even the Papa John’s ones.

Who Invented the Chimichanga?

February 25th, 2019


The fraught origins of the deep-fried burrito.

The Truth About Balsamic Vinegar

February 24th, 2019


A river of black gold flows from the cities of Modena and Reggio Emilia straight to your home kitchen.

Why Do We Call It Dry Wine?

February 23rd, 2019


Behind the paradoxical wine lingo we’ve swallowed forever.

Wheels of Fortune: Scenes From a Parmigiano-Reggiano Factory

February 22nd, 2019


"There’s an analog, and spiritual, approach to making one of the world’s finest cheeses—one you may just take for granted."

What is Washed Coffee?

February 21st, 2019


And why high-end baristas love it.

How Your Dutch Oven is Made

February 20th, 2019


A cookbook author goes to France to find out how his favorite cast-iron cookware is made.

Who Invented King Ranch Chicken?

February 19th, 2019


On the unofficial state casserole of Texas.

How Heinz and Coca-Cola Made America More Kosher

February 18th, 2019


Today, more than 800,000 food products are certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. It all started with a chemist, a rabbi, a pickle company, and a brand of soda.

What Is Breadfruit?

February 17th, 2019


This spiky tropical fruit is a staple across Polynesia and the Caribbean, and it might just wipe out world hunger.

Cooking Shorthanded

February 16th, 2019


"The one-arm cookbook genre finally finds its audience."

Why Do We Call Them Sweetbreads?

February 15th, 2019


Guess thymus and pancreas don’t have the same ring.

Appalachia’s Little Free Pantries That Could

February 14th, 2019


They may be only Band-Aids for the region’s food insecurity, but “blessings boxes” are popping up in more and more parts of …

Why is Foie Gras So Expensive?

February 13th, 2019


Liver is a notoriously cheap cut, so why do geese get all the golden eggs?

Stouffer's Secret Restaurant Past

February 12th, 2019


Before it became synonymous with Lean Cuisine and French-bread pizza, the frozen-foods monolith was just a little restaurant …

What is a Reverse Sear?

February 11th, 2019


Behind the internet’s favorite way to cook a steak.

The Beautiful Intersection of Potstickers, Cornbread, and Spam Musubi

February 10th, 2019


For cookbook author Cynthia Chen McTernan, there’s no such thing as an unconventional pairing.

Is Himalayan Pink Salt Really Worth It?

February 9th, 2019


Llisten to this before buying one of those $40 blocks.

The Gay Man Who Brought Tapas to America

February 8th, 2019


The late Felipe Rojas-Lombardi, an immigrant from Peru, may be America’s most anonymous celebrity chef.

What is Ma La?

February 7th, 2019


Get to know the numbing-hot flavor of Sichuan cuisine.

The Last Cantinas of Juarez

February 6th, 2019


Drinking in this Mexican border community involves tracing the grand lineage of the margarita. But also grappling with recent …

Is Pink Pepper Really Pepper?

February 5th, 2019


On the fuzzy logic of our pepper lingo.

New York City Lives for the Tuna Melt

February 4th, 2019


Tuna melts are one of the most incredibly un-incredible staples of NYC diners and delis. So why would you spend a whole day …

How is Velveting the Magic of Chinese Stir-Frying?

February 3rd, 2019


How Chinese restaurants get stir-fried meats super-tender.

What to Do With Okra?

February 2nd, 2019


Following the pentagonal fruit from Africa, Louisiana, India, and the Levant.

What is Chicago Barbecue?

February 1st, 2019


Get to know the Windy City’s unsung smoked meat tradition.

All Hail the Asian Supermarket: An American Institution

January 31st, 2019


A generation of kids of immigrants who moved out to the suburbs have a deep love for these places.

Are Oysters Really an Aphrodisiac?

January 30th, 2019


There are more effective ways to get in the mood.

Broth, Eggs, and Stale Bread

January 29th, 2019


In dishes like ribollita, açorda, and mille fanti, a little bit of week-old bread becomes a comforting porridge that will put you …

Who Invented That Tiny Table in the Middle of Your Pizza?

January 28th, 2019


It’s called a pizza saver, and we have a Long Island city council member to thank.

JB Prince Is the Chef’s Third Hand

January 27th, 2019


This mythic Manhattan kitchen store is where sous vide circulators, Global knives, and the Gray Kunz sauce spoon became legend.

How Do You Make Hot Sauce?

January 26th, 2019


The simple magic behind a bottle of Tabasco.

How a Swiss Cube Shaped Modern Nigerian Cooking

January 25th, 2019


They may have been invented in Switzerland, but Maggi bouillon cubes are the starting point for a whole lot of Nigerian cooking.

Do Twinkies Really Last Forever?

January 24th, 2019


The end of the world will not be full of snack cakes.

Night Shift at the New Fulton Fish Market

January 23rd, 2019


Scouring the 700,000-square-foot Bronx market for a symphony of seafood. We’re with The Guy.

What Does Halal Mean?

January 22nd, 2019


It’s not just about pork and alcohol.

The Fathers of the Coffee Internet

January 21st, 2019


By being serious about the growing third-wave movement but also light and irreverent, the founders of Sprudge helped democratize coffee in a big way.

What's the Best Way to Cut a Cake?

January 20th, 2019


How to serve perfectly clean slices like a pro baker.

Treat Shiso Like an Herb, Not a Garnish

January 19th, 2019


It’s time the minty, bitter Japanese herb did more than top bowls of rice.

How Do You Make Masa?

January 18th, 2019


The cool science behind an ancient ingredient.

A Life Without Fish Stew

January 17th, 2019


As a Bengali who is violently allergic to fish, I can’t eat the region’s most important food staple: maacher jhol. I’ve been …

Who are Mexico's Three Sisters?

January 16th, 2019


These essential ingredients aren’t just good eating—they’re ingenious agriculture.

Japan's Father of Cooking Manga

January 15th, 2019


For 33 years, Cooking Papa creator Tochi Ueyama has taught the comic’s readers that spending time in the kitchen is fun—while quietly subverting Japanese gender dynamics.

Why Aren’t Figs Considered Vegan?

January 14th, 2019


Sorry if this ruins figs for you.

Everyone Should Have a Gross Recipe

January 13th, 2019


Sometimes your best recipe is a thing you would never in a million years serve to guests.

What's the Difference Between Tequila and Mezcal?

January 12th, 2019


It’s not about the smoke.

When Is It OK to Burn My Food?

January 11th, 2019


Call it ash. Call it char. Call it really good flavor.

What is Root Beer Made Of?

January 10th, 2019


How an indigenous medicine became a soda fountain classic.

Everything Starts With Onions and Garlic. But What If That Stops?

January 9th, 2019


Can cutting alliums out of your diet make you a more creative home cook?

Why Can’t You Cook With Olive Oil Over High Heat?

January 8th, 2019


It has to do with the oil’s smoke point, but here’s the thing: you totally can.

Tourists Eat Wings. Buffalonians Eat Subs.

January 7th, 2019


The Rust Belt town in Western New York is famous for one thing: chicken wings. But the people who live there are fueled by a sandwich that most have never heard of.

Why Do Fresh Eggs Sink and Expired Ones Float?

January 6th, 2019


The science behind the old kitchen legend.

Flame On, Flamer

January 5th, 2019


A simple Japanese marinade shatters preconceived grilling, and gender, norms.

Why Do We Call it Butterscotch?

January 4th, 2019


The toffee-like confection contains no Scotch whisky and often no butter. What gives?

Durian Deserves Our Love.

January 3rd, 2019


Durians are often portrayed as yet another strange, fantastical delicacy of Asia. But in Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia, they’re prized as the fruit equivalent of foie gras.

What are McRibs Made Of?

January 2nd, 2019


Ribs? No. That story you heard about inverted pig behinds? Also no.

Ice Cream’s Levant Roots Run Deep

January 1st, 2019


Ice cream as you know it started as a stretchy, dense creation in the eastern Mediterranean—one that’s finally making its way to the United States.

Who invented the martini?

December 31st, 2018


This classic cocktail has a muddled history.

My Crazy Irish-Tex-Mex Kitchen

December 30th, 2018


It’s rashers and local tubers for days for an American expat living in Ireland’s Wild West.

Less Meat, More Kale: It’s How to Cook Without a Book 2.0

December 29th, 2018


When the best-selling non-cookbook came out nearly 20 years ago, it proposed a new kitchen psyche for the new millennium. But the way we cook has changed a lot since then.

Who Invented the Restaurant Star System?

December 28th, 2018


And why a French tire company has so power in the world of fine dining.

Beef Bile and Bitter Greens: How to Write and Photograph a Cookbook in Rural Northern Thailand

December 27th, 2018


After 13 years and 66,000 miles driven a cookbook—The Food of Northern Thailand—has arrived.

Who Invented the Oreo?

December 26th, 2018


A brief history of America’s favorite cookie.

The Burning Truth About Plum Pudding

December 25th, 2018


The story of how a medieval stew of meat and dried fruits became a cake that people eat at Christmas.

The Most Pragmatic Cookie

December 24th, 2018


Since the ’30s, icebox cookies have given busy working people a chance to slice, bake, and serve dessert at a moment’s notice.

What is Nashville Hot Chicken?

December 23rd, 2018


Meet heartburn medicine’s best friend.

What to Expect to Eat When You’re Expecting

December 22nd, 2018


In the United States, postpartum medical care is minimal. Increasingly, women are looking to family recipes with healing properties, from moringa to barley porridge.

How Does a Pressure Cooker Work?

December 21st, 2018


And why they don’t explode anymore.

Cookbooks, Not Restaurants, Are Giving Black Foodways An Identity

December 20th, 2018


Kenny Gilbert, Mashama Bailey, Duane Nutter, and Nelson German need their own books. Are you listening, cookbook publishers?

What is Cottage Cheese?

December 19th, 2018


The lowdown on curds and whey.

The Best Thing to Make in an Air Fryer Isn’t Fried

December 18th, 2018


If you want to get the most out of your air fryer, think of it as a tiny hot oven that can toast things really well.

What is Memphis-Style BBQ Exactly?

December 17th, 2018


A Cliff’s Notes version beyond the ribs.

Eating Alone in Public Is Good

December 16th, 2018


It’s time to stop shaming people for getting a snack in where they can.

What is a Sugar Plum?

December 15th, 2018


And why does it have its own fairy?

Permission to Cook Normal Food

December 14th, 2018


A home cook’s ambitions, driven by a sometimes insane and frequently unrealistic food media, yield to blissful mediocrity.

What is Bar Pie Pizza?

December 13th, 2018


The old beer-baiting snack is enjoying a resurgence.

We Bow to the Master: Pâte à Choux

December 12th, 2018


Whether or not you know it as pâte à choux, this is the classic pastry you’ve been eating all along.

What’s the Difference Between Stock and Broth?

December 11th, 2018


And do they taste any different?

A Second Look at the Tuna Sandwich’s All-American History

December 10th, 2018


How Japanese-Americans helped launch the California tuna-canning industry—and one of America’s most beloved sandwiches.

What is Paprika?

December 9th, 2018


The red powder has a history way beyond Hungarian food and deviled eggs.

Pushing Through Chemotherapy, One Horrible Meal at a Time

December 8th, 2018


Powerful chemo drugs save lives, but they also kill taste in the process. What’s a patient to do?

What is Pancake Syrup Made Of?

December 7th, 2018


How a sweetener with zero maple flavoring winds up tasting like maple syrup.

The Aebleskiver of Solvang

December 6th, 2018


"A Disney-like Danish town in Southern California is obsessed with preserving the tradition of the aebleskiver in the U.S.

Is it Really OK to Eat Raw Cookie Dough?

December 5th, 2018


It’s not always the raw eggs that get you.

Just Bake With Shortening. It’s Fine.

December 4th, 2018


For years, bakers have turned up their noses at Crisco as a cheap imitation of butter. But because of its high melting point and …

Can You Cook an Egg in the Microwave?

December 3rd, 2018


How to make the world’s most versatile food even more adaptable.

A Brief History of the Midwest Supper Club

December 2nd, 2018


Supper clubs serving breaded fish and strong cocktails in rural Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa are not your normal restaurant—but it’s also hard to say why until you visit one.

What is Brown Butter?

December 1st, 2018


The baker’s secret to better cookies and cornbread.

The Disneyfication of China’s Minority Foods

November 30th, 2018


In Yunnan Province, China’s minorities are opening restaurants—some with dancing!—that trade on their historic stereotypes.

Who Served the First Doughnut in America?

November 29th, 2018


Hint: It starts with the Dutch word for “oily cakes.”

Snack Time Comes Before Lunch in Catalonia

November 28th, 2018


On the northeastern tip of Spain, all the best snacking happens before noon with a chilled bottle of vermouth.

What's the Difference Between a Brine and a Marinade?

November 27th, 2018


And why neither does quite what you think.

A Green Bean Casserole for the 21st Century

November 26th, 2018


If the green bean casserole is going to survive the next half century as a staple of the American table, we’re going to need to …

How Does Popcorn Pop?

November 25th, 2018


The kitchen science behind your favorite movie snack.

Who Says Cappuccinos Are for Mornings Only? The Italians.

November 24th, 2018


Assessing the cappuccino as a drink of refined luxury, or an everyman’s beverage ordered at the gas station or corner bodega.

What is Jollof Rice?

November 23rd, 2018


Get to know the staple dish of West African cooking.

The Tyranny and the Comfort of Government Cheese

November 22nd, 2018


Government cheese shows up in the punch lines of jokes and song lyrics, but to those who have actually lived on it, it’s both a cornerstone of survival and an object that inspires complicated tinges …

What is Jackfruit?

November 21st, 2018


Why this spiky tropical pod creature is a new it-ingredient.

A Farewell to Fukuoka’s Street Food

November 20th, 2018


Due to changing tastes and governmental regulation, Japan’s famous yatai culture is disappearing.

Why Should You Rest Your Pie After Baking?

November 19th, 2018


The hardest part of baking a pie is waiting for it to cool.

How Lawry’s Became a Go-To Seasoning for Black Home Cooks

November 18th, 2018


As early as the 1940s, Lawry’s seasoned salt had an important place in the spice racks of black families. But as home cooks become more health conscious and interested in fresh ingredients, are its …

Who Invented the Hard Shell Taco?

November 17th, 2018


And why does all the credit go to a white guy from San Bernadino?

Grilling Is Never Easy

November 16th, 2018


If you're a fan of home cooking, deep dives into culinary history, and emerging topics in today’s quickly moving food …

Who Invented Spaghetti and Meatballs?

November 15th, 2018


The classic Italian dish you won’t find anywhere in Italy.

Turkey’s Most Elusive Spice

November 14th, 2018


The ground pit of a cherry, known in Turkey as mahlep, can be hard to put a finger on, but quite a few Turkish pastries, ice …

What is 3rd-Wave Coffee?

November 13th, 2018


What the wonky term means, and what’s coming next for your cup.

The Balthazar Cookbook: My Personal Cooking School

November 12th, 2018


Early in her culinary journey, a future cookbook editor worked through 60 French recipes of the 2003 classic cookbook. It changed …

Where was America's First Ice Cream Parlor?

November 11th, 2018


A look back to the age when ice cream was as precious as caviar.

Why Do We Care What Celebrities Cook?

November 10th, 2018


When you decide to cook Oprah’s mashed potatoes, it’s never really about the potatoes.

What Are Hawaiian Rolls?

November 9th, 2018


These sweet, fluffy dinner rolls share a common ancestry with some farflung breads.

Wednesdays at Nguyen Phat

November 8th, 2018


A Rust Belt town’s battle for survival comes down to a single change driver: refugees.

When Did Ramen Come to Japan?

November 7th, 2018


The iconic dish and tradition are relatively recent inventions.

How the Budino Craze Swept Across America

November 6th, 2018


A closer look at the high-margin, much-loved dessert that underpromises and overdelivers. Time after time.

What is Curry Powder Made Of?

November 5th, 2018


The yellow powder is ubiquitous these days—except in India.

What Makes a Great Meat Marinade?

November 4th, 2018


Meat bought with the best intentions can be, well, boring. Marinades fix that, sometimes in a hurry.

Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich?

November 3rd, 2018


This zen riddle for the ages finally has an answer—at least from the nation’s hot dog honchos.

British Baking Isn’t Very British At All

November 2nd, 2018


The Great British Bake Off is often said to embody Britain’s national identity and culture. But the history of British baking has …

What is a Manhattan?

November 1st, 2018


How the king of cocktails got its connection to the Big Apple.

Vinegar: Now in Powder Form

October 31st, 2018


Through a small miracle of science, you can add vinegar flavor to dry foods like popcorn and kale chips, in addition to all the pickles and salads.

Jonathan Gold Walks Into a Korean Restaurant

October 30th, 2018


“The thing is, the restaurants here are as good as the restaurants in Seoul.” A meal in Los Angeles Koreatown with the late, …

Why is Japanese Whisky So Expensive?

October 29th, 2018


And is that $75 single malt really worth it?

What Makes Paneer Good? A Personality

October 28th, 2018


We’ve all had paneer simmered in sweet tomato sauces and bright green spinach purees, but the key to this Indo-Chinese dish is in a dusting of “Manchurian” flavoring from a packet before it hits the …

A Requiem for Tarragon

October 27th, 2018


It’s the storied herb championed by Thomas Jefferson, Julia Child, and The Silver Palate.

New York City’s Taiwanese-Food Boom (It’s About Time)

October 26th, 2018


Once “too esoteric” and obscure to sell on its own, Taiwanese food now stands proudly in the spotlight.

Is Guy Fieri Finally Cool?

October 25th, 2018


How the object of food-snob ridicule became a cult hero.

Europe’s Refugee Chefs Have a Recipe for Survival

October 24th, 2018


For a prolific Syrian restaurateur, rebuilding a business as a refugee took life-threatening risks, lots of time, and nights …

Why is Laminated Dough the Secret to Great Pastry?

October 23rd, 2018


What happens between microscopically thin layers of butter and dough.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten Knows Carrots

October 22nd, 2018


Jean-Georges makes ingredients taste like themselves in unimaginable ways. And the home cook can do it, too.

What is Chicago-style pizza?

October 21st, 2018


How to understand the pizza that coastal snobs dismiss as a casserole.

The Curry Puffs That Unite Generations

October 20th, 2018


Curry puffs, or epok epok, are fried savory pastries eaten throughout Malaysia and Singapore. They can also be a livelihood, a family tradition, and a gateway to friendship.

What is Asafetida?

October 19th, 2018


Why this potent spice acts as South Indian MSG.

Why Haven’t You Heard of India’s Julia Child?

October 18th, 2018


Just like Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Indian Cookery was published in 1961. And just as Julia Child brought authentic …

Is Aioli Really Just Mayonnaise?

October 17th, 2018


The $12-a-jar difference.

Homemade Salsa Rules

October 16th, 2018


A Mexican chef turns an obtuse cookbook author into a salsa-making machine.

Why is Saffron So Expensive?

October 15th, 2018


The most expensive food on Earth costs more per ounce than silver.

The Life-Affirming Blackness of Southern Cakes and Pies

October 14th, 2018


Dolester Miles winning the James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef is the culmination of a long road traveled for …

What is Uni Exactly?

October 13th, 2018


Sorry if this ruins sea urchin for you.

A Salad, a Condiment, a Sandwich Filling

October 12th, 2018


Like sauerkraut and Indian pickle, Filipino atchara started out as a way of preserving vegetables, like green papaya, without …

Why Does Cilantro Taste Like Soap to Some People?

October 11th, 2018


How our genetics impact our taste buds.

Do You Eat Dog?

October 10th, 2018


The practice of eating dog meat is at the center of many racist stereotypes about Asians. Is it possible to reexamine both the stereotype and the practice?

Do Spices Expire?

October 9th, 2018


How to tell when it’s time to refresh your spice cabinet.

The Subtle Thrills of Cold Chicken Salad

October 8th, 2018


American chicken salad wins a Chinese technique.

What’s the Difference Between Mexican and Spanish Tortillas?

October 7th, 2018


How two totally different foods found themselves with the same name.

Not All Heroes Wear Capes, and Not All Omelets Have Eggs

October 6th, 2018


Easy to make and even easier to customize, pudla are India’s answer to the omelet. That is, an omelet without eggs.

What is Deglazing?

October 5th, 2018


The simple technique that brings big flavors to your food.

To Eat a Dairy Cow

October 4th, 2018


Holsteins, Jerseys, and other dairy breeds are being used for meat once the milking is done. And it’s turned out to be some of …

What is Mortadella?

October 3rd, 2018


Is the fancy Italian deli meat worth the hype, or is it all just baloney?

100 Cups of Tea In Kashmir

October 2nd, 2018


In one of the most militarized regions in the world, tea is both a daily celebration and an everyday struggle.

What’s The Difference Between Baking Soda and Baking Powder?

October 1st, 2018


And why your cake never rose in the oven.

Produce Gets Its Freak On

September 30th, 2018


If you're a fan of home cooking, deep dives into culinary history, and emerging topics in today’s quickly moving food …

Is German Chocolate Cake Really German?

September 29th, 2018


This continental delicacy has more to do with the Heartland than the Rhineland.

Things Are Looking Up for Stargazy Pie

September 28th, 2018


If you're a fan of home cooking, deep dives into culinary history, and emerging topics in today’s quickly moving food …

What Exactly is Poutine?

September 27th, 2018


How the essential drunk food of Quebec became a worldwide phenomenon.

Are Great Chefs Also Great Artists?

September 26th, 2018


A Ghirlandaio painting and an Eric Ripert entrée are closer cousins than you might think.

What is the Brigade System in Restaurant Kitchens?

September 25th, 2018


How a kitchen organizes itself to bring you your order faster, smarter, and stronger.

The Brief History of Pastrami

September 24th, 2018


When we think of pastrami, we tend to think of the cured beef you might find on a sandwich from Katz’s in NYC. But chefs are starting to use that same curing technique on lamb, fish, and even …

What Does Prime Beef Really Mean?

September 23rd, 2018


And is it worth the extra cost? Not necessarily.

Milanese, Schnitzel, Chick-fil-A: Who Makes The Best Cutlet?

September 22nd, 2018


Many cultures have mastered the art of pounding, breading, and frying meat. But we have our favorite.

What is Tahini Exactly?

September 21st, 2018


The history of one of the world’s oldest condiments.

The $800 Million Hot Pot IPO

September 20th, 2018


The success of Chinese chain Haidilao in China and abroad bubbles with excitement—and symbolism.

Who Invented Pepperoni?

September 19th, 2018


Turns out the Italian classic is unheard of in Italy.

The Death of the American Coffeehouse

September 18th, 2018


There was a time before the Smiths and Bauhaus were replaced by bland electropop picked by a Spotify algorithm. A time when coffeehouses were where you went to think.

Why Do Onions Make You Cry?

September 17th, 2018


The science behind the kitchen’s most common chemical weapon.

After a Luxurious 250 Years, Caviar Returns to Its Humble Roots

September 16th, 2018


Caviar used to be a sustaining meal eaten by the working class. How did it come to be such a symbol of extravagance?

Do You Really Need to Salt Pasta Water?

September 15th, 2018


Not all sprinkles of the stuff carry the same weight.

Leading Roll: Why American Cooks Can’t Quit the Paper Towel

September 14th, 2018


To some, paper towels are a symbol of waste. Ease over ecology. But for many, a roll in the kitchen is a requirement for smart …

How Do You Make Lox?

September 13th, 2018


The smoked fish you’ve been calling lox is actually something else entirely.

A Restaurant Job That Comes With an Education

September 12th, 2018


At an innovative restaurant in Brooklyn, paid kitchen internships give refugees formal restaurant training.

What is Boba?

September 11th, 2018


Here’s how tapioca pearls are made.

The Dinner Party Flex: Cooking in the Age of Social Media

September 10th, 2018


What motivates the youngest generation of home cooks? A writer of a certain age sets out to decode the dinner party flex.

Who Invented the Buffalo Wing?

September 9th, 2018


The inside scoop behind a piece of edible Americana.

Back to Basic

September 8th, 2018


If you're a fan of home cooking, deep dives into culinary history, and emerging topics in today’s quickly moving food …

How Do You Make Miso?

September 7th, 2018


And what is it, exactly?

Inside the Cult of Clay Cookware

September 6th, 2018


Make all your food taste better with this one prehistoric trick? Not exactly, but clay-pot cooking has got some rabid fans.

What is Frito Pie?

September 5th, 2018


How a corn chip casserole became an essential piece of Americana.

Adobo Seasoning and the Art of Puerto Rican Dry Marinade

September 4th, 2018


Why are plastic canisters of Goya adobo seasoning so ubiquitous in Puerto Rican kitchens? Because the spice blend goes well with pretty much everything.

What's the Best Way to Dry Lettuce?

September 3rd, 2018


How to prevent watery salads and sad pools of dressing at the bottom of your bowl.

Saffron and Camel Humps: Anissa Helou’s Deep Dive Into Food of the Islamic World

September 2nd, 2018


As a Christian who grew up in Beirut, Anissa Helou may be an unlikely expert on the expansive foods of the Islamic world. She’s done her homework.

What Makes Cold Brew Different From Regular Iced Coffee?

September 1st, 2018


And why it’s the darling of the specialty coffee world.

The Lure of Leisure at America’s Japanese All-Day Cafés

August 31st, 2018


Inspired by kissatens, these American interpretations have the same focus on simpler and slower times. By Tatiana Bautista.

How to Roast a Chicken? The Answers Are Horrifying.

August 30th, 2018


Between the wet briners and dry briners, spatchcockers and trussers, stuffers and tuckers, who are you to trust? By JJ Goode.

What is Texas Barbecue?

August 29th, 2018


Yes, there’s brisket. Here’s the other parts you should know.

Better Bread Means Better Bread Crumbs

August 28th, 2018


It’s about time that more home cooks realized good bread is a gift that keeps giving. By Melissa McCart.

What is Mulligatawny Soup?

August 27th, 2018


Get to know the British soup inspired by Indian cuisine and made world-famous by an American sitcom.

I Created Nutellasagna. It Was a Monster.

August 26th, 2018


When Robicelli’s bakery introduced their dessert lasagna, it was all supposed to be an innocent joke. Little did they know it …

Does it Matter Which Brand of Kosher Salt I Use?

August 25th, 2018


The short answer: yes, and more than you may think.

Souvenir Recipes and the Cure for Post-Vacation Blues

August 24th, 2018


Collecting recipes and ingredients is a way to relive past travels—so long as you adjust your expectations. By Naomi Tomky.

What Does Confit Mean?

August 23rd, 2018


All about the Frenchiest cooking technique around.

The End of Afghan Cuisine in Pakistan?

August 22nd, 2018


Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, is home to a deeply rooted Afghan restaurant scene—one that is now threatened by ongoing tension between bordering countries. By Maryam Jillani.

What is XO Sauce?

August 21st, 2018


This Cantonese delicacy doesn’t have any liquor like its namesake, but it’s a vital component of modern Chinese cooking.

Teriyaki Everything

August 20th, 2018


How did we get from grilled eel to sweet onion chicken teriyaki sandwiches? By Jaya Saxena.

What's a Chicago Hot Dog?

August 19th, 2018


The essential ingredients of the country’s most over-the-top dog.

The Horror Show Sealed in a Bulging Can

August 18th, 2018


Tracing botulism’s long and miserable history. By Rebecca Flint Marx.

How Do I Cook with Mustard Oil?

August 17th, 2018


The FDA won’t technically call it food, but this ingredient is a South Asian all star.

Good Indonesian Food? Naturally, at the Badminton Club.

August 16th, 2018


Sumatran cuisine, with a side of shuttlecock, at the San Gabriel Valley Badminton Club. By Natalie Rinn.

What is an Air Fryer?

August 15th, 2018


The internet’s new favorite kitchen appliance might not be all it’s cracked up to be.

When Everyday Foods Get Witchy

August 14th, 2018


Whether it’s magic beans, gingerbread houses, or poison apples, food in folklore and fairy tales is never just about food. By …

What is Hainanese Chicken?

August 13th, 2018


A little island off the coast of China turns poached chicken into something extraordinary.

In Mexico City, Pozole for Every Mood

August 12th, 2018


On the hunt for the worthiest pozole in Distrito Federal. By James Oseland.

What is Balsamic Vinegar?

August 11th, 2018


And why the good stuff costs so much.

On the Road to Montreal, in Search of Poutine Nirvana

August 10th, 2018


A pile of fries, topped with cheese and gravy, has been a decade-long obsession for Americans. But in French-speaking Canada, it’s simply a roadside lunch. By Matt Rodbard.

What is Neapolitan-style Pizza?

August 9th, 2018


And why it’s so tricky to make right at home.

Parle-G: The Biscuit in Every Indian Home

August 8th, 2018


If you grew up in an Indian household or neighborhood, chances are you probably grew up eating the biscuits in the …

What is Black Garlic?

August 7th, 2018


Get to know this funky-sweet fermented allium.

The Secrets of California's Oldest Recipes

August 6th, 2018


Way, way before there was “California cuisine,” there was the original California cuisine—a fusion of Spanish, Mexican, and native foods. By Georgia Freedman.

Why Do We Chill Cookie Dough Before Baking?

August 5th, 2018


Cool down your dough for a tastier, chewier cookie.

It Takes a Village to Cook a Hawaiian Pig

August 4th, 2018


On the Hawaiian island of Kauai, cooking a 300-pound sow involves forklifts, lava stones, and a lot of patience. By Marta Lane.

What is a Sourdough Starter, and How Does it Make Bread Taste So Good?

August 3rd, 2018


The secret to great bread starts with rotten dough.

Comfort Me With an Assembly Line of Dumplings

August 2nd, 2018


There’s no cure for heartbreak. But Soviet mechanical efficiency and endless pelmeni do help. Some. By Scott Hocker.

Why Do We Add Vodka to Vodka Sauce?

August 1st, 2018


A quick guide to the chemistry of alcohol-soluble flavors.

What is Zatar, and Why Should I Cook With It?

July 31st, 2018


Get to know this essential Middle Eastern spice mix, and how to make your own.

Do Men Hate Bitter Greens?

July 30th, 2018


Anecdotal evidence points to a male aversion to bitter greens, but pinpointing the reason behind this is a little bit trickier.

How Do You Make a Kitchen Your Own?

July 29th, 2018


For some, it may be a central appliance or a beautiful knife. For others, it’s not quite so tangible. Story by Jesse Aylen.

Blue-Collar Heroes, White-Collar Crooks

July 28th, 2018


César Ritz and Auguste Escoffier built a legacy around luxury hospitality that long outlived their dubious management tactics.

When Is It OK To Cook With Frozen Vegetables?

July 27th, 2018


How to pick a better bag of easy-to-cook produce.

What Ever Happened to Sun-Dried Tomatoes? An Investigation.

July 26th, 2018


To some, they are flavor firecrackers and a beloved relic of the past. To others (cough Ruth Reichl) they are “an example of all the worst qualities of tomatoes.”

What Is The Difference Between a Macaroon and a Macaron?

July 25th, 2018


One bowl of egg whites, two wildly different confections.

The Buddhist Acceptance and Rejection of Mock Meats

July 24th, 2018


Are we forgetting about centuries-old Buddhist tradition in the current meat-replacement zeitgeist?

What is Pour-Over Coffee?

July 23rd, 2018


Why baristas are fussing over the slowest, least efficient way to make a cup of coffee.

The Chicken Soup of Chinese Aunties

July 22nd, 2018


Have a cold? Giving birth? Feeling stressed at work? A chicken and a packet of dried herbs is all you need.

What Is Sous Vide?

July 21st, 2018


Sous vide is now mainstream. Your favorite restaurants probably do it. You can even buy cookbooks devoted to it.

Dreams of Duke's Mayo and Crystal Hot Sauce

July 20th, 2018


There’s one goal at celebrated New Orleans sandwich counter Turkey and the Wolf: “Make the store shit taste good.”

What Is Tahdig?

July 19th, 2018


The perfect dish for everyone who loves their food extra crispy.

The Modern Jang Master

July 18th, 2018


In Korea, the home kitchen revolves around a set of three ancient fermented sauces called jangs. One woman is using science to …

Why Do You Have to Rinse Rice Before Cooking?

July 17th, 2018


An extra step makes for fluffier grains free of gummy textures.

A Mighty Wind: Of Beans, Gas, and Acceptance

July 16th, 2018


Beans make us fart. So what’s a legume lover to do? Story by Lukas Volger.

Should I Buy a Digital Scale?

July 15th, 2018


Ditch the measuring cups and spoons. It’s time to improve all your baking with one simple step.

The Tortilla Cartel

July 14th, 2018


The rise of industrial instant corn flour, masa harina, represents not only a gastronomic loss (the stuff tastes lousy), but a death blow to Mexico’s corn heritage.

How Do You Keep From Crying When Cutting Onions?

July 13th, 2018


Which hacks work and which ones are just...hack jobs.

Rewriting the Story of the Starving Armenian

July 12th, 2018


If you're a fan of home cooking, deep dives into culinary history, and emerging topics in today’s quickly moving food …

Who Invented the Hamburger?

July 11th, 2018


There’s a few strong contenders for the creator of America’s quintessential food.

At the Rooh Afza Factory

July 10th, 2018


An Indian writer explores a refreshing sherbet beloved on the subcontinent, tracing it all the way to its source.

Why Do You Add Starchy Pasta Water to Sauce?

July 9th, 2018


Why Do You Add Starchy Pasta Water to Sauce?

Why Bangladeshi Immigrants Are Cooking With Massage Oil

July 8th, 2018


Many immigrants see mustard oil as a crucial ingredient for replicating the flavors of home. The FDA sees it a little differently.

Is White Chocolate Actually Chocolate?

July 7th, 2018


Technically speaking, yes it is, and we have a surprising source to thank.

Spoons: The Filipino Utensil of Choice

July 6th, 2018


At the Filipino dinner table, spoons rule over forks and knives. There’s a story.

What Is Kimchi?

July 5th, 2018


There’s more to this Korean pickle than a pot of spicy cabbage.

Hot Sauce in My Veins

July 4th, 2018


Hot sauce is our soy sauce. It’s our fish sauce. It’s how our dishes sing.

What's the Difference Between Sugar and Raw Sugar?

July 3rd, 2018


How to use both in baking—and why brown sugar isn’t the same.

Ethiopia and Eritrea’s Long History With Lasagna

July 2nd, 2018


Despite its ties to Italian colonialism, lasagna still occupies an important place on dinner tables in the Horn of Africa, and …

What Makes Spicy Food Taste Spicy?

July 1st, 2018


What you really feel when you feel the burn.

Why is Vanilla So Expensive?

June 29th, 2018


One of the world’s most common flavors is crazy-difficult to produce.

What is Jamon Iberico?

June 27th, 2018


Get to know the crown prince of cured meat.

What is Curry Powder?

June 25th, 2018


The dusty blend of turmeric, coriander, and black pepper has less to do with the Indian subcontinent than the United Kingdom.

Why Doesn't an Egg Cream Have Eggs or Cream?

June 23rd, 2018


This Jewish deli staple of seltzer, milk, and chocolate syrup has a strange history.

What is Aquafaba?

June 21st, 2018


A magical vegan egg replacer that makes meringues just as well as the real thing? True story.

Why Do Some People Hate Cilantro?

June 18th, 2018


It’s the genetics, stupid.

What Is Durian, and Why is it Banned?

June 17th, 2018


The inside scoop on the seductively stinky fruit of Southeast Asia.

What is a Club Sandwich?

June 15th, 2018


And where did this ubiquitous slice of Americana come from?

What is MSG?

June 13th, 2018


The real story about the world’s most maligned flavor enhancer.

Do I Need to Refrigerate Butter?

June 11th, 2018


How to not poison yourself and your loved ones.

What's the Difference Between Grilling and Barbecue?

June 9th, 2018


It depends on who you ask—though the person you ask may not be too happy about the question.

How Long Does Extra Virgin Olive Oil Last?

June 7th, 2018


If you have a favorite bottle of olive oil, don’t save it for special occasions. Use it now while it’s at its best.

Are Baby Carrots Really Baby Carrots?

June 5th, 2018


Baby carrots aren't so much babies as...cosmetically challenged.

Do Bagels Taste Better Because of the Water?

June 3rd, 2018


Real talk about one of New York City's most persistent urban legends.

What's the Difference Between Ice Cream and Gelato?

June 1st, 2018


American ice cream and Italian gelato are both the result of science disguised as magic, but they're far from the same thing.

Bread Soup From the Lost Years

May 31st, 2018


Many years of eating, cooking, and writing about food have left Scott Hocker with many stories to tell. In this occasional …

Alessandra Montagne Is What’s Fresh About Paris

May 30th, 2018


Montagne and a young generation of foreign-born chefs are changing the way Paris thinks about dining out.

Comfort Me With Popovers

May 29th, 2018


Sometimes a very good pastry is the only bridge between cultural alienation and a place of comfort.

David Lebovitz Came Over to Make Ice Cream

May 28th, 2018


David Lebovitz is coming over for ice cream, and I’m mortified.

The Life and Slow Death of London’s Pie and Mash Shops

May 27th, 2018


Once a fixture of the East End, surviving shops now serve the people squeezed out to suburban Essex and coastal hinterlands by rising rents.

Not So Hot: How I Fell Out of Love With Sriracha

May 26th, 2018


It’s a condiment for 21st century American taste and a quintessential American food. But with ubiquity comes backlash.

Souvenir Recipes and the Cure for Post-Vacation Blues

May 25th, 2018


Collecting recipes and ingredients is a way to relive past travels—so long as you adjust your expectations.

Tofu Skins: Fried, Steamed, Stuffed, Seared

May 24th, 2018


Home cooks have a lot of reasons to love yuba.

Brooks Headley Is Moving On to Focaccia

May 23rd, 2018


First it was pastry; next it was veggie burgers and vegan pyrotechnics. But the biggest challenge ahead is mastering Italian …

I Created Nutellasagna. It Was a Monster.

May 22nd, 2018


When Robicelli’s bakery introduced their dessert lasagna, it was all supposed to be an innocent joke. Little did they know it …

My Crush on George Washington Carver

May 21st, 2018


A botanist, chemist, professor, and tireless advocate for African-American empowerment, he was the Beyoncé of the early 20th-century scientific community.

Ham Steaks, Juniper, and a Cure for Gallic Ambivalence

May 20th, 2018


Seeing an old cookbook through a clean lens, buffed after 15 more years of cooking, eating, and living.

Maira Kalman and a Life of Cake

May 19th, 2018


The prolific illustrator is a master of whimsy and wit, finding beauty in the mundane, and—with a new book—the drawing of cakes.

Colonialism in a Can

May 18th, 2018


There’s a shame-free exuberance and practicality in the Filipino transformation of canned food—even as it harkens back to America’s checkered occupation of the Philippines.

Hamburgers or Dumplings?

May 17th, 2018


Sometimes the fairy tale version of our family history is the one we want to believe.

Indian Mangoes: Crossing Continents in a Can

May 16th, 2018


There’s nothing quite like fresh mangoes from India. But when you can’t find them, the next best thing is canned mangoes from India.

Gossip at the Lumpia Table

May 15th, 2018


Communal construction and discord about one of the most ubiquitous party dishes of the Philippines.

Butter Chicken and Biggie Smalls at the Badmaash House

May 14th, 2018


Meet the Mahendros, a Los Angeles restaurant family with big personalities and bold ambitions. Plus, the product is dope.

What Does It Mean to Eat a Flower?

May 13th, 2018


Flowers have as much flavor and nutritional value as a lot of things that we put in salads. So why do we think of them as such a …

Bug Out, Eat In: How Preppers Plan Not Just to Survive But to Thrive

May 12th, 2018


When we think about “preppers,” we think about paranoia and underground bunkers. But who are the people stockpiling cans in their basements, and what will they cook when the shit really shits the fan?

Deborah Madison Wants You to Use More Vinegar

May 11th, 2018


Put it on eggs. Put it on pasta. Put it on ice cream.

Think of Condensed Milk as Crème Anglaise in a Can

May 10th, 2018


It’s a key ingredient in tres leches cakes and dulce de leche, but condensed milk also works as a sauce on its own.

The Chef Revolution Started at Home

May 9th, 2018


How home cooking and cookbooks of the ’70s and ’80s—along with Michelin and Bocuse—helped inspire the American celebrity-chef boom.

The Liège Waffle Is Belgium’s Superior Waffle

May 8th, 2018


For one Belgian writer, the caramelized waffles of Liège are at the top of the stack.

The Best Red Beans Are a Little Bit Cajun and a Little Bit Basque

May 7th, 2018


Turns out the key to good beans involves a lot of sausage.

Sundays in the Park With Bagoong

May 7th, 2018


Once a week, Hong Kong’s domestic workers, many from the Philippines and Indonesia, take to public spaces for adobo-scented picnics and a quiet act of rebellion.

Abraham Klein, a Ghost, and the Túrós Béles Champion of Israel

May 5th, 2018


A random cup of coffee in Tel Aviv leads to the secret of a Hungarian pastry.

Brooklyn Blackout Cake, Reborn with Semifreddo

May 4th, 2018


Keep it in the freezer for a dinner party or a rainy day.

Ali Maffucci Used Her Marketing Savvy to Start a Health Food Movement

May 3rd, 2018


Meet the woman behind the raw zucchini "pasta" movement

Pao de Queijo: Gluten-Free Bread That Doesn’t Taste Like a Ceiling Tile

May 2nd, 2018


It's astonishing that the Gisele Bündchen of cheesy breads isn't WAY more popular

Pesto, Jams, and New York City in the 1980s

May 1st, 2018


Remembering New York City restaurants of the 1980s through the dishes of the times.

Cooking Temperature: It’s a Mercurial Thing

April 30th, 2018


For most of human history, cooking temperature was measured with intuition and instinct. Is the current glut of ever more precise …

Kitchadi: Indian One-Pot Cooking at Its Best

April 29th, 2018


There’s a reason everyone from Deepak Chopra to Jean-Georges Vongerichten is making this fragrant and fortifying rice and mung bean dish.

Interview With Michael Bao Huynh

April 28th, 2018


The legend of Michael Bao grows with the shaking beef taco.

The Nonnegotiables of Good Carrot Cake

April 27th, 2018


Cream cheese frosting is crucial, nuts are fine, and raisins don’t belong anywhere within a two-mile radius.

The Power of Kenny Shopsin's Classic Cookbook

April 26th, 2018


How Kenny Shopsin’s pioneering book Eat Me taught me to stop worrying and love the cookbook.

Pea Crabs: Offal of the Sea, the Redneck Toothpick

April 24th, 2018


Restaurants that serve oysters sometimes toss out hundreds of tiny, juicy crabs a day—why aren’t they making their way onto the menu instead?

How the Continental Breakfast Went Intercontinental

April 23rd, 2018


Sparked by a post-Victorian travel boom and a desire to feed travelers cheaply, the continental breakfast is a staple of hotel hospitality.

Extreme Fruit Salad

April 22nd, 2018


Refreshing, cartoonishly large, crazy good. The sandia loca is the Latin Black Tap milkshake.

A Brief History of Tuna Casserole

April 21st, 2018


Although most associated with 1950s Middle America, this iconic bootstrap recipe first popped up in the Pacific Northwest in 1930.

It’s About Time You Bought a Digital Scale

April 20th, 2018


For home cooks, particularly bakers, chucking the spoons and measuring cups for a digital scale opens up a new world of more …

The Meat Raffle

April 19th, 2018


Every small town has its share of community fund-raisers, but in Western New York, it’s all about the meat raffle.

The Custard Came From Aleppo: Cooking From The Art of Syrian Cookery

April 18th, 2018


For one writer, Helen Corey’s groundbreaking 1962 book, The Art of Syrian Cookery, is more than a collection of home-style …

Get to Know South Carolina Hash

April 17th, 2018


Chef Elliott Moss is on a mission to document, and celebrate, the dying art of South Carolina hash

The Exceptionalism of the French Yogurt Aisle

April 16th, 2018


In France, yogurt isn’t just a good source of protein. It’s a national pastime.

The Great Malaysian Curry Bread Quest

April 15th, 2018


A meal in Malaysia over a decade ago sends one writer down a very fragrant rabbit hole. Can he re-create a long-lost dish in a …

Nutritional Yeast Doesn’t Need Your Approval

April 14th, 2018


Though it’s long been considered as hippie as a macramé tapestry—and often maligned—there’s now a growing sense that nutritional yeast is, basically, the best.

A Man, a Plan, a Lemon, China: The Ballad of Frank Meyer

April 13th, 2018


Even if you know about his most famous discovery, chances are you don’t know anything about Frank N. Meyer.

Dear Chefs, Will Eating This Kill Me?

April 12th, 2018


A nervous home cook, and veteran cookbook writer, does what he does best when preparing to eat raw scallops at home. He worriedly waits for sickness to strike.

Freedom and Borscht for Ukrainian-Jewish Émigrés

April 11th, 2018


The story of vegetable soup, and how Anya von Bremzen’s 1990 cookbook Please to the Table became a lifeline for one Wisconsin family.

Caul Me By Your Name: Is Cauliflower Rice Terrorizing the Rice Industry?

April 10th, 2018


A “malicious and nefarious” grain alternative has got millions of home cooks excited—and corporate flacks and lobbyists a little steamed. But does the rice industry really have anything to worry …

Sous Vide Is a Busy Person’s Best Friend

April 9th, 2018


Set it, forget it, and eat a perfectly cooked pork chop or piece of salmon. Every. Single. Time.

Desmond Tan Has a Fermented Tea Leaf Guy

April 8th, 2018


When the owner of San Francisco’s Burma Superstar needed fermented tea leaves to cook with, the search brought him to a factory in the remote mountains of Myanmar.

Fermentation 2.0

April 7th, 2018


Ambitious chefs and home cooks alike are pickling sweet corn, crab apples, fish bones, and basically anything they want.

Everybody Should Keep a Bag of Cookie Dough in Their Freezer

April 6th, 2018


Stock your freezer with cookie dough now, thank us later.

Should I Fry a Shami Kebab?

April 5th, 2018


A teatime ritual in Pakistan, and a unique kebab recipe for all.

Sally Fallon Morell’s War Against Paleo

April 4th, 2018


Outspoken author challenges many healthy eating conventions, including the “theory” of cholesterol.

Let’s Call It Assimilation Food

April 3rd, 2018


What happens when immigrants have to adapt to cooking in a new home? A new cuisine, forged from sensory memories and new ingredients.

Galette by Monsieur Alain

April 2nd, 2018


A trip to Paris inspires a deep dive into the art of the ultra-thin French pancake.

What Is a Flat White, Exactly? Nobody Knows.

April 1st, 2018


It’s not a cappuccino, latte, mocha, or cortado. But the story of the popular coffee drink goes well beyond a name.

1,000 Balls a Day at the Busy Tel Aviv Falafel Shop

March 31st, 2018


“You can’t call it falafel in Israel if it isn’t all chickpeas.” Or so it goes one evening at a busy Tel Aviv shop.

Black Pepper Hunting

March 30th, 2018


Roaming the steeply banked hills of Kerala, a writer comes to terms with her aversion to black pepper. It certainly wasn’t the …

The Mythos of Sourdough Starter

March 29th, 2018


Making a sourdough starter? Don’t be afraid to stray from the recipe and add a dead wasp or a leaf of roadside kale.

Coq au Vin at a Crossroads

March 28th, 2018


Traditionally an old rooster braised in Burgundy, the classic French dish has many faces. Braise the roof!

To Doubt a Recipe, and Eat Your Words

March 27th, 2018


When a recipe purports to do something impossible-sounding, the only thing to do is test it out.

Cracking the Code of the French Omelet

March 26th, 2018


Why is one of the simplest French dishes also one of the hardest to nail down?

Stop Being a Snob and Use Onion Powder

March 25th, 2018


In our post–Omnivore’s Dilemma era, when everyone seems to agree that fresh ingredients are categorically superior to processed ones, onion powder is regarded as unforgivably ersatz. But the thing …

The Young Chefs of Juarez

March 24th, 2018


After years of unrelenting drug cartel violence, a group of ambitious Mexican chefs are helping reshape the city’s culinary …

Confessions of a Hot Sauce Addict

March 23rd, 2018


I got hot sauce in my bag—and my pantry, my fridge, my pockets, my sock drawer, my blood. Swag.

The Sweet Potato Taco With the Cult Following

March 22nd, 2018


They say there’s no such thing as fall in Los Angeles, but we do have Wesley Avila’s sweet potato taco.

Does Instacart Mean Instant Cooking?

March 21st, 2018


With the rise of grocery shopping on demand services like Instacart, there are more reasons to cook at home. But will anybody actually do it?

German in Name, American in Origins

March 20th, 2018


To find the origin of German chocolate cake, try looking deep in the heart of Texas.

The Truth About Israeli Couscous

March 19th, 2018


A story of starch, political will, and mistaken identity.

It’s Difficult to Talk About Soviet Food

March 18th, 2018


Long after the Soviet Union collapsed, its cuisine—from the kitchens of Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and beyond—is resurfacing in …

Plums: A Challenging Fruit

March 17th, 2018


A ripe plum is rich and seductive, but also ornery. A dried plum is, well, the maligned prune. But plums have a passionate fan base, from Eastern Europe, Asia, and beyond.

The Man, The Van, the Slow Cooker

March 16th, 2018


For his latest book tour, Hugh Acheson decided to pack his life into an Airstream and drive across the country, preaching the gospel of the slow cooker.

The Hippie Sandwich Abides

March 15th, 2018


In a world of bare vegetables and boutique grains, the classic tofu sandwich transcends culinary fashion and evokes an earlier, …

Cooking in the 1980s: Duck Two Ways

March 14th, 2018


Cooking in the 1980s is a column in which journalist John Kessler recalls his time at L’Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda, …

The Triumph of Tahdig

March 13th, 2018


A home cook calls her fragrant and flavorful style of cooking Persianesque.

Don’t Cook With an Instant Pot Just Because You Can

March 12th, 2018


In her new cookbook, Dinner in an Instant, Melissa Clark wants to help you get to dinner faster without cutting out any of the …

Cherry Bombe’s War on Food Bros

March 11th, 2018


The indie food magazine may have started as a Kickstarter campaign in reaction to popular food culture, but with a radio show, a …

Learning How to Cook at the Laundromat

March 10th, 2018


In Long Island in the ’70s and ’80s, your best bet for learning how to cook Cantonese food was in the back room of a laundromat in the suburbs.

A Brief History of Toast in Japan

March 9th, 2018


Japanese yōshoku loaves, a product of the lean postwar Occupation Era, has ignited a nation’s obsession with toast.

Palestinian Cooks Plant Their Flag in America

March 8th, 2018


For Palestinian cooks in America, food is a way of tracing identity through a messy past.

The Air Fryer: Lies, False Hope, 7 Million Sold

March 7th, 2018


From Emeril to Oprah, celebrities have lined up to endorse the air fryer. But what is an air fryer, and what can it do that your oven can’t?

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