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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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?

The Best Moon Milk Recipe? To Drink Something Else.

March 6th, 2018

Turmeric milk has been co-opted by beauty bloggers and celebrities—and the phenomenon is baffling to the people who have grown up with the drink.

High Cuisine: How I Wrote a Serious Pot Cookbook

March 5th, 2018

We have moved on from the pot brownie. A former Cook’s Illustrated staffer has cracked the cannabis code. That is, cooking smartly and deliciously with these newly legalized herbs.

Gazoz: The Fizz That Time Forgot

March 4th, 2018

Sweet, bubbly, and chemically colorful, gazoz quenched Israel’s thirst for much of the 20th century. Now, thanks to a new …

I Competed in the Olympics of Pizza-Making. It Was Scary.

March 3rd, 2018

An aspiring pizzaiolo goes for gold at the Caputo Cup.

The Life and Death of Pizza and Pipes

March 2nd, 2018

Back before Chuck E. Cheese’s and animatronics, a pizza dinner with the family came with a side of prog rock played on a live organ.

The Bearded Chef of Akko

March 1st, 2018

For nearly 20 years, Uri Jeremias has been cooking fish and spreading the gospel of Israeli cooking. It’s about time the world listened.

The 10th Anniversary of the Kale Salad as We Know It

February 28th, 2018

How a humble Italian braising green became an American reinvention story.

The Great American Cookbook?

February 27th, 2018

For almost as long as America has existed, cookbook authors have been using food to capture its identity.

Stop Calling Soy Sauce "Soy"

February 26th, 2018

Food writing is built on acute observation and verbal precision. So why are so many people getting this one so wrong?

Hygge. The End.

February 25th, 2018

All aspirational lifestyle trends go to heaven.

Hi, I’m America’s Best Worst Cook

February 24th, 2018

I write cookbooks for a living, but I’ve never even made piecrust.

2018 Is the Year of Lasagna

February 23rd, 2018

We live in an era of performative project-cooking. It’s time to bring back the reassuring, unglamorous functionality of a big tray of baked pasta.

Who Really Invented Avocado Toast?

February 22nd, 2018

Australia? Southern California? No, avocado toast is from someplace else. Of course it is.

Cook the Whole Damn Heart

February 21st, 2018

Beef heart is an extremely flavorful cut that is maybe not for the squeamish. But cooking a delicious dinner sometimes takes …

The Instant Pot Has a Honeymoon Phase

February 20th, 2018

The first viral cooking appliance is an emotional trial by fire.

The Fake Rolex of Canned Foods

February 19th, 2018

San Marzano tomatoes are prized for their balanced flavor and distinct tomato-iness. Yet as home cooks become more and more enchanted with the Italian variety, questions arise over what exactly is …

Cooking’s New Minimalism

February 18th, 2018

Gone are complicated sauces and bloated menu descriptions. Here are meal kits and unflinchingly cool, back-to-basics recipes. …

The Kosher Salt Question: What Box Does What? There's a Difference.

February 17th, 2018

Prized for its purity and flaky texture, kosher salt has been a home-cooking standard for decades. But the two major brands, Diamond Crystal and Morton, are very different products. Your ruined …

Celery Was the Avocado Toast of the Victorian Era

February 16th, 2018

Stored in fancy vases. Cooked with care and finesse. Served in the Titanic’s first-class cabin. There were days when celery was not just boring crudité, but a luxury.

The Untold Story of the Lady From Louisville and the Bubbe Who Wasn’t There

February 15th, 2018

The Atomic Age Jewish cookbook Love and Knishes was written in a voice so skeptical, so long-suffering, so unapologetically, …

Women Aren’t Ruining Food

February 14th, 2018

Why do we get so collectively annoyed by food and drink trends that we associate with women? Because it’s an ugly double …

A Cake That Demands an Oven of Its Own

February 13th, 2018

Baumkuchen is a centuries-old staple of German weddings and Christmases, but it’s getting harder to find. Except one place. …

Appalachian Masala

February 12th, 2018

On a North Carolina mountainside, the chefs of Chai Pani introduce us to an exciting new era of Indian-American home cooking. …

Cooking in the 1980s

February 11th, 2018

A blood-splashed culinary school binder recalls the timelessness of French culinary pedagogy and the bold awfulness of ’80s …

Mission: Make an Extremely Large Cinnamon Roll

February 10th, 2018

With help from Dominique Ansel and the executive chef at Cinnabon.

My New York Kitchen Residency

February 9th, 2018

A summer in New York City gives one West Coaster reason to look at the fruit closely.

Getting the Veggie Burger Recipe Right

February 8th, 2018

Developing a decent meatless burger recipe is hard. It’s why so many of them are terrible.

The Thing About Bisquick

February 7th, 2018

For some, a box of Bisquick is a magical path to baking bliss. For others, it represents a corner not worth cutting. And possibly something more sinister.

Peanut Butter Beautiful

February 6th, 2018

For kids learning to cook for themselves, a mistake is sometimes the secret ingredient.

Elbowing for Scallops With Melissa Clark

February 5th, 2018

Cookbook author and dogged journalist Melissa Clark is the voice of American home cooking. And she’s here to stir the pot.

Why Are There No Eggs in Indian Cakes?

February 4th, 2018

For the best pineapple cake, just say no to eggs.

The Library Has Secrets

February 3rd, 2018

In San Antonio, a cookbook collection has plenty to tell us about a fascinating, complex, and frequently misunderstood …

Before Guy Fieri, There Was Graham Kerr

February 2nd, 2018

In his brief but influential television career, Graham Kerr taught people to cook heartily, with lots of clarified butter, and laugh even harder.

An Old-School Potato Recipe: Two Ingredients and A Little Bit of Chemistry

February 2nd, 2018

These salt-encrusted spuds are usually attributed to western New York, but the unusual cooking method has been used for hundreds of years in some corners of the world.
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