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Strawberry and Kiwi: Why?

September 19th, 2019


The 1990s were a sugary blur of pink and pale green iced tea labels. Here’s the story behind the great effort to normalize (and commercialize) kiwis for an American audience.

Why Is there a Global Banana Shortage?

September 18th, 2019


A deadly fungus is killing banana crops across the planet.

When SnackWell’s Was the Flavor of Permissible Indulgence

September 17th, 2019


A decade ruled by anti-fat hysteria got the cookie it deserved.

Who Invented the Shrimp Cocktail?

September 16th, 2019


And why it’s called a cocktail at all.

The Crushing Truth About Cooking a Whole Pig at Home

September 15th, 2019


Is it really possible to turn a legendary smoked whole hog into a recipe that home cooks—not just experienced pitmasters—can make …

When Was the First Oktoberfest?

September 14th, 2019


There’s nothing better than a beer carnival honoring the king’s marriage to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.

A Bowl of Cut Fruits Is How Asian Moms Say: I Love You

September 13th, 2019


Whether it’s slices of apples and pears left out for you after classes, wedges of oranges fed to you when you’re feeling under the weather, or just a bowl of painstakingly peeled grapes left on your …

Is White Asparagus Better Than Green?

September 12th, 2019


Why Europe goes crazy for the sun-deprived veal of the vegetable world

In Support of a Wilty Salad

September 11th, 2019


When it comes to salad greens, a kiss of heat can be a good thing.

What Are Mooncakes?

September 10th, 2019


You never forget the sweet taste of your first surprise duck egg inside.

The Future of Pizza is Crunchy and Square

September 9th, 2019


All hail the pizza world’s latest obsession. It’s giving Americans permission to celebrate the puffy, crispy, abundantly cheesy pies some of us have loved all along.

Where Do Corn Dogs Come From?

September 8th, 2019


How cooking convenience became a product of accidental necessity.

A Depression-Era Cake for a 21st Century Queen

September 7th, 2019


Queen Elizabeth’s favorite dessert is so easy, it doesn’t even involve baking.

Who Invented Poutine?

September 6th, 2019


The incidental origins of a Québécois classic: stuff that tastes good with other stuff.

To Cook a Steak, First You Must Unlearn What You Have Learned

September 5th, 2019


Aaron Franklin has shifted his passion for barbecue to steak, and he has some strong opinions to share in a new cookbook.

What Is Cream Cheese?

September 6th, 2019


Here’s how to make a batch of the bagel’s best friend.

How Do I Make Cheap Beef Taste Good?

September 3rd, 2019


While quick grilling has its place, the slow braise is the ultimate way to unlock the joys of more economical beef.

Why Do Apples Float?

September 2nd, 2019


It’s not because witches dig them.

The Chitlins Question

September 1st, 2019


For some black families, chitlins are essential. For a younger generation, the polarizing dish is a dirty trick.

The Joys and Extreme Risks of Selling Food on Facebook

August 31st, 2019


The online food hall is a haven for food sellers who otherwise can’t get access to the food-business world—so long as they accept the risks that come with it.

What’s the Difference Between Fruits and Vegetables?

August 30th, 2019


Tomatoes, eggplants, and pumpkins are all fruits. So what even *is* a vegetable?

The Sketti Sando Lives

August 29th, 2019


For chef Elliott Moss, the throwback spaghetti sandwich is a trip back to weird teenagehood.

What Makes Cold Brew Different From Regular Iced Coffee?

August 28th, 2019


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

Yogurt’s Many Myths and Infrequent Truths

August 27th, 2019


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 English Muffin?

August 26th, 2019


They’re not really muffins, but the term sounded better than “griddle cake.”

She Dreams in Bombolini and Brioche

August 25th, 2019


The stars aligned in Hollywood when République opened. Now, with a new cookbook and a global empire, Marge Manzke is ready for …

What’s the Difference Between a Crisp and a Cobbler?

August 24th, 2019


They’re actually completely distinct desserts.

Soba, I’m Sorry

August 23rd, 2019


Understanding the Japanese concept of nodogoshi—“good feeling in the throat”—changed my perspective on soba.

How Did Ketchup Become the Default American Condiment?

August 22nd, 2019


It’s in almost every American kitchen. But it comes from the other side of the world.

Yuzu Kosho Was Made For...Fish Tacos?

August 21st, 2019


The versatile Japanese condiment made from green chiles and yuzu peel works with soba noodles, but it’s also perfect for grilled corn and Mexican food.

Fufu’s Many Faces

August 19th, 2019


The starchy dough is an everyday staple of several West African countries, and making it can be a physical and mental test of focus, strength, and stamina.

Are Paper Grocery Bags Really Better For the Planet?

August 18th, 2019


Not necessarily—there’s complicated environmental math involved.

There's Always Money in the Bananacue Stand

August 17th, 2019


This Filipino street snack turns three ingredients into something that’s sweet and crackly on the outside and pudding-like on the inside.

What Is Rumtopf?

August 16th, 2019


Now’s the time to start a German rum pot.

America Needed Good Couscous

August 15th, 2019


Ron and Leetal Arazi from NY Shuk want you to think of couscous as a meal’s nutty, flavorful main attraction—not just another …

What’s A Crab Fluff?

August 14th, 2019


Say hello to Maryland’s deep fried crab cake.

A Spoonful of Sugar

August 13th, 2019


In her new cookbook, Kitty Travers gives you a taste of the London ice cream shop where she scoops flavors like pea pod, carrot seed, and guava.

Who First Invented Popcorn?

August 12th, 2019


The treat is so ancient that archeologists have found popcorn fossils.

The Case for Very Long Recipes

August 11th, 2019


Short recipes seem simple—until you turn on the stove.

What’s A Ripper Hot Dog?

August 10th, 2019


Get to know one of the country’s stranger regional dogs.

Must Use Dr. Pepper! The Colorful History of Auto Racing Cookbooks.

August 9th, 2019


In the mid-aughts, NASCAR was everywhere. And so, for better or worse, were NASCAR-inspired cookbooks.

Why Is It Called Canola Oil?

August 8th, 2019


There’s no such thing as a canola plant, but there is CANADA OIL.

Don't Throw Out the Leek Greens

August 7th, 2019


The sweet, colorful allium is a perfect starting point for chaotic, hungry dinnertime improvisation.

Is Live Octopus Really Alive When You Eat It?

August 6th, 2019


And given its intelligence...should we eat it at all?

The Danish Still Matters

August 5th, 2019


The days of cupcakes and Cronuts are behind us. It’s time to take a fresh look at an old pastry-case friend.

What Is a Slab Pie?

August 4th, 2019


Strange name aside, it’s a party planner’s best friend.

Yogurt Your Meats: It’s Part Science, Part Spiritual

August 3rd, 2019


Forget buttermilk for a second. A soak in yogurt is great for lamb, beef, goat, and particularly chicken.

Big Crisp Energy

August 1st, 2019


Bakers love crisps and crumbles because they come together quickly and can easily feed a crowd. But the easy-to-scale dessert is just as sweet when it’s made for a party of one.

Why Are Criminals Crazy For Cheese?

July 31st, 2019


Inside the booming black market for the world’s most stolen food.

There's Food Shopping You Need, and Food Shopping You Love

July 30th, 2019


Carla Lalli Music’s Where Cooking Begins balances the aspirational and everyday realities of food shopping.

Who Invented Mountain Dew?

July 29th, 2019


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

Spanish Fool's Gold

July 28th, 2019


Why, in a land where unadulterated culinary traditions run deep, are cooks turning to an artificial imitation?

When Did Lobster Become Food For Rich People?

July 27th, 2019


How the "cockroach of the ocean" became a delicacy.

Dill, Fish, and Resilience: The Holy Trinity of Gazan Cuisine

July 26th, 2019


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

Does Chewing Gum Really Stay in Your Stomach For Years?

July 25th, 2019


Your parents had this a little off, but they had the right idea.

Stalking a Celery Salad. The Best Celery Salad.

July 24th, 2019


This is not tossing. This is assembling, fashioning, architecting. With the help of chef Ignacio Mattos.

Why is Pea Protein the New Fake Meat?

July 23rd, 2019


The impossible burger, not-chicken nuggets, and energy bars are all about peas now. What gives?

Spain’s Burnt Cheesecake Breaks All the Rules. And Lord, It’s Good.

July 22nd, 2019


An underbaked mystery, a fine-dining fable, and the recipe of a famous cheesecake hiding in plain sight. We asked a Los Angeles …

Should You Wash Chicken Before Cooking It?

July 21st, 2019


Science says no. But our hearts can’t handle that.

Let's Get Excited About Chicken Pot Pie

July 20th, 2019


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

Why do we call it Butterscotch?

July 19th, 2019


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

One Bottle of Fish Sauce Is Not Enough

July 18th, 2019


When seafood is slowly fermented with salt, the result is a briny, savory blast of umami that can transform dishes and inspire …

Who Invented the Pretzel?

July 17th, 2019


What the Catholic church has to do with your favorite bar snack.

The Secret Lives of Private Chefs

July 16th, 2019


To become a private chef for an athlete, movie star, or billionaire tech founder, you need years of professional experience and a knack for keeping secrets.

Who Invented the Frozen Margarita?

July 15th, 2019


The original machine is now in the Smithsonian.

From the Mouth of the Gods

July 14th, 2019


Ethiopian coffee is one of the world’s great culinary treasures. It’s also extremely undervalued. Geoff Watts, cofounder of …

Is Baby Corn Really Baby Cobs of Corn?

July 13th, 2019


And why fresh cornlettes are so hard to find.

Coffee Is Cooler Than Ever. So Is the Third Wave Dead?

July 12th, 2019


Growing demand for cold coffee has lead to a meaningful departure from many of the aesthetics and values central to the third …

What Is a Pie Bird?

July 11th, 2019


And does your pie need one?

Does Instant Coffee Have to Be Terrible?

July 10th, 2019


"A handful of new companies are challenging the norm for instant coffee that we’ve accepted for more than a hundred years.

Why Do Airlines Always Serve Salted Peanuts?

July 9th, 2019


What started as a marketing move also makes scientific sense.

10 Big Ideas in Coffee Right Now

July 8th, 2019


This fast-changing, wide-ranging, ever-moving coffee world, explained.

Why Are We Talking About Cockroach Milk?

July 7th, 2019


It’s not commercially available (yet), but some scientists are excited about this nutrient-dense solution.

Coffee Is Maybe, Almost Definitely, Probably Fine to Drink

July 6th, 2019


Does coffee give you heart disease? Does it cause anxiety? Does it make you live longer? We look back at some of the most questionable health claims about the drink.

Why Is It So Dangerous to Microwave Water?

July 5th, 2019


How to give you and your friends severe burns in two minutes or less.

Hawaiian Mac Salad Isn't Mainland Mac Salad

July 4th, 2019


It’s a creamy, mutable, cost-effective way to round out a classic plate lunch of salty meats and fluffy white rice.

Does Fancy Butter Make Better Baked Goods?

July 3rd, 2019


Sometimes, but not in the way you might think.

The Remarkable Life of Margaret Rudkin, Founder of Pepperidge Farm

July 2nd, 2019


Famous for her cookies and Goldfish crackers, Rudkin’s influence extends beyond packaged foods. Long before second-wave feminism, …

What Is a Louisville Hot Brown?

July 1st, 2019


A brief introduction to Kentucky’s hangover killer.

Sorpotel Runs in the Blood of Every Goan

June 30th, 2019


The spicy, acidic curry tells a complicated, labor-intensive story of colonial rule and national (and personal) identity.

What is a Bain Marie?

June 29th, 2019


All about your cheesecake’s best friend.

A Brief History of Pennsylvania Scrapple

June 28th, 2019


On the surface, the grainy, pudding-like meat is a tough sell. But call it a “pâté” and give it a sear in a hot pan, and you’re in business.

Where was the First Tailgate Party?

June 27th, 2019


Do you need a car and a parking lot to do it?

The Life and Death of Tart Frozen Yogurt

June 26th, 2019


Never forget Red Mango, Pinkberry, and 16 Handles.

Does Fresh Fish Really Make the Best Sushi?

June 25th, 2019


Most of the seafood that goes into your sushi is actually aged—intentionally and not.

We Will Cacio e Pepe Everything

June 24th, 2019


It all started with a Roman pasta dish, but now the minimalist flavor combination of grated Pecorino Romano and black pepper can be found in everything from chicharrones to shortbread cookies.

What is the World’s Hottest Hot Sauce?

June 23rd, 2019


It’s so spicy it comes with a terms of service agreement.

Spaetzle Is the Most Forgiving Pasta—Or Is It a Dumpling?—to Make at Home

June 22nd, 2019


Somewhere between a noodle and a dumpling, spaetzle is a perfect springy, chewy carb to soak up meaty ragus or to bathe in soft …

Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and the Guerrilla Gourmands

June 20th, 2019


Some of the most riveting food writing of the 1950s took place among revolutionaries feasting on boas and canned sausages in the …

How Do They Make Curly Fries?

June 19th, 2019


And what gives them that curly fry taste?

Sloppy, Messy, Second-Try Fish Pie

June 18th, 2019


Follow the simple steps in a pie inspired by Darina Allen’s Forgotten Skills of Cooking. Failure is an option.

What is Aguachile?

June 17th, 2019


How this Mexican ‘chile water’ lives up to its name.

Coke Was a Breakfast Drink

June 16th, 2019


There was a time, before cold brew and the war on sugary sodas, when Coca-Cola had a spot at the breakfast table.

When Libyan Food Speaks With an Italian Accent

June 14th, 2019


Growing up in Libya in the early 1980s, Reema Islam found—and fell in love with—traditional cuisine that bore the influence of …

What is Labne?

June 13th, 2019


Is it yogurt, cheese, or both?

The New "New American"

June 12th, 2019


What does gastropub food look like in a neighborhood where 167 languages are spoken? Tony Liu, the chef at the Queensboro in Jackson Heights, Queens, has an answer.

Who Wrote the First Cookbook?

June 11th, 2019


It has a great recipe for broth with mashed leeks and cypress.

How I Loved, and Lost, a Curry Tree

June 10th, 2019


At the California border, life—and the memory of homemade Xinjiang cumin lamb—flashes before your eyes.

Is Blue Raspberry Flavor Totally Made Up?

June 9th, 2019


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

Ube Halaya: Spread It, Mix It, Eat It by the Spoonful

June 8th, 2019


It’s impossible to talk about Filipino desserts without bringing up ube, the starchy, can’t-believe-that’s-not-food-coloring …

Seville's Sacrilegious Sandwich

June 6th, 2019


One of Seville’s most popular tapas, the montadito de pringá, is loaded with boiled Spanish staples from the region’s home-cooked …

Who Invented Macaroni Salad?

June 5th, 2019


The muddled history of the unavoidable picnic dish.

A Korean Ingredient Smuggler Goes Clean

June 4th, 2019


American chefs and home cooks are gaining access to traditional Korean ingredients, one bottle of fig vinegar at a time.

What is Fudge?

June 3rd, 2019


And why it’s closer to marshmallows than anything chocolate.

Why Is America So Obsessed With Thai Street Food?

June 2nd, 2019


Thailand’s restaurant culture is as vibrant and varied as its street food—so why do Americans only talk about the street food?

Where Does Dim Sum Come From?

June 1st, 2019


The history of Cantonese brunch beyond your favorite dumplings

How Do I Make a Really Good Frozen Dessert Without an Ice Cream Machine?

May 31st, 2019


I scream, you scream, we all scream for…parfreddo? Your dinner-party guests will love you.

The Long History of Sri Lanka’s Short Eats

May 30th, 2019


A family of deep-fried snacks reflects the island nation’s rich history of immigrant diversity, as well as its tumultuous past …

Who Invented the Margarita?

May 29th, 2019


The muddled history of the famous tequila cocktail.

Break the Rules, Blend the Lamb

May 28th, 2019


Wheat, meat, and time: Halim matches your favorite oatmeal toppings with a savory lamb base.

Does Celery Really Have Negative Calories?

May 27th, 2019


An urban legend says that you burn more calories eating celery than the vegetable contains. And it might be true! Kinda.

Is it Really OK to Eat Raw Cookie dough?

May 26th, 2019


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

How Does the Scoville Scale Work?

May 25th, 2019


What a 1 million Scoville unit pepper really means.

There's a Poke Problem

May 24th, 2019


The traditional Hawaiian dish has been co-opted and reinvented by hipster fast-casual chains around the world. This is not cool.

Samin! Your Pastry Dough Recipe.

May 22nd, 2019


Samin Nosrat’s authoritative, definitive Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is the breakout cookbook of a generation. But have you checked out the tart dough recipe?

Who Invented Flaming Hot Cheetos?

May 21st, 2019


How a high school dropout janitor created a junk food icon.

We All Root for Rutabaga

May 20th, 2019


Wait, is that pork belly? A few restaurant tricks can turn this unglamorous root vegetable into a rich, caramelized porcine imposter.

Where Does Cashew Chicken Come From?

May 19th, 2019


Think less Sichuan Province and more...Springfield, Missouri?

The New Jersey Sloppy Joe Is Not the Sloppy Joe You Know

May 18th, 2019


Somewhere between a reuben and a Cuban, the New Jersey sloppy joe is worlds away from the saucy sandwich your elementary school …

Does Hawaiian Pizza Come From Hawaii?

May 17th, 2019


The love-it-or-hate-it pie has more to do with Canada than Polynesia.

Doctor's Orders, With a Grain of Salt

May 16th, 2019


Can a food writer with a passion for capers and sushi really train himself to eat only a teaspoon of salt per day?

How Do Pop Rocks pop?

May 15th, 2019


The science behind our favorite fizzy candy.

Wimp Juice: America’s Long, Strange History of Gendering Tea

May 14th, 2019


Tea is consumed all over the world, but only in the U.S. has it been so equated with femininity that some companies try to profit from the idea that drinking it makes you less of a man.

What is Pine Nut Syndrome?

May 13th, 2019


Why a few pine nuts can make everything you eat taste bitter for days.

In Belgium, the Fries Are Never Wimpy (Sorry, America)

May 12th, 2019


We may call them French fries in the U.S., but they were born in Belgium as a street food for the rich.

What is Washed Rind Cheese?

May 11th, 2019


How the dairy world’s most seductive curds get their stink.

Meet the Mighty Kalamansi

May 10th, 2019


This tiny Filipino citrus is here to make your pastas brighter and your lemon bars a lot more exciting

What is Liquid Smoke?

May 9th, 2019


You can distill anything, Greg, even trees.

Yogurt Is a Baker’s BFF

May 8th, 2019


Lazy person’s sourdough, anyone? Introducing: The Country’s Best Yogurt Column.

What’s a Pimm’s Cup?

May 7th, 2019


Get to know the quintessential English summer cocktail.

To Find Good Korean Food in South India? It's Tricky.

May 6th, 2019


It’s been 20 years since Koreans first came to India, so why is finding a good Korean meal there so difficult?

What is Couscous Exactly?

May 5th, 2019


This sneaky grain is really closer to pasta.

The Queen of Indian Sauces

May 4th, 2019


The incredible story of how South Indian food evangelist Maya Kaimal conquered the American supermarket. One jar of tikka masala at a time.

The Rise and Fall of the Fancy Chef Burger

May 2nd, 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 a Fatberg?

May 1st, 2019


The horrifying reason you shouldn’t dump oil down the drain.

Who Invented Red Velvet Cake?

April 30th, 2019


This iconic cake dates back to the 1800s, and the original versions didn’t have a drop of food coloring.

Dishwasher Logic

April 29th, 2019


Plenty of people who grow up with dishwashers in American households choose not to use them. The reasons why depend on who you …

What is Bottarga?

April 28th, 2019


If you like caviar, try this brick of dried salted fish eggs.

Have You Fried a Chicken Liver Lately?

April 27th, 2019


These little oyster-shaped bites are often overlooked at the grocery store, but when you fry them, they become a party snack, a salad topping, or the filling for a sandwich.

What is Nutritional Yeast?

April 26th, 2019


There’s a lot to love about ‘vegan parmesan.’

Foil Yaki is the Best

April 25th, 2019


With this Japanese technique for cooking vegetables and seafood, aluminum foil acts as both the cookware and the dishware.

Should You Refrigerate Fresh Mozzarella?

April 24th, 2019


Italians may call it heresy, but there’s a few ways to do it well.

Baroo Has Left the Building

April 23rd, 2019


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

Is Coconut Oil Actually Good For You?

April 22nd, 2019


How a super-saturated fat became a miracle ingredient for the wellness set.

How Do I Make Pasta at Home That Tastes as Good as My Favorite Italian Restaurant?

April 21st, 2019


Cooking the pasta, salting the pasta, emulsifying the pasta. These are things to think about.

What’s a Texas Kolache?

April 20th, 2019


How a Czech pastry took over the Lone Star state.

What is Gefilte Fish?

April 19th, 2019


The sabbath origins of this strange Jewish fish ball.

The Incredible Story of Bhut Jolokia: From Rural India to Dumb YouTube Stunts

April 18th, 2019


In the West, where it’s called the ghost pepper, the king chile is synonymous with scorching heat and show-off frat boys. In Northeast India, it is a way of life and a means of survival.

Why is Blue Cheese Blue?

April 17th, 2019


The seductively stinky power of penicillin.

The Emerald Green Drink of 1970s Japan

April 16th, 2019


Finding a cream soda is not hard in Tokyo. Finding a cigarette and spaghetti-filled kissaten to drink it in is another thing.

The World’s Best Braised Cabbage Is Better the Next Day

April 15th, 2019


And Molly Stevens’ All About Braising is the classic cookbook that will get you to cruciferous nirvana.

Stir-Fry Your Potatoes, Scramble Your Mind

April 14th, 2019


A little-known homestyle snack became my go-to carb-on-carb comfort food.

What is Philadelphia Style Ice Cream?

April 13th, 2019


Turns out this eggless ice cream has nothing to do with Philly.

Romania Has Its Own Borscht

April 12th, 2019


Ciorba has never captured the American palate as effectively as borscht has, but the sour, nourishing soup can be found in Romanian kitchens year-round.

What Causes a Brain Freeze?

April 11th, 2019


The science of ice cream headaches.

To Cover India in a Single Cookbook? Mission Possible.

April 10th, 2019


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

There's a Reason Chili Is So Much Better the Next Day

April 8th, 2019


And here’s how you can add a little extra spark on day two or three.

What is Oolong Tea?

April 7th, 2019


You’ve tried the rest, now taste the black dragon.

Sugee Cake: Malaysia’s Take on Semolina Cake

April 6th, 2019


Sugee cake is a dessert that, on paper, sounds undeniably Western—it’s made with creamed butter, plenty of eggs, semolina, and a …

How Do You Make Neapolitan-Style Pizza at Home?

April 4th, 2019


Without the extreme heat of a wood-fired grill, there’s a trick to getting that prized leoparding. Yes, you want leoparding.

Can You Un-boil an Egg?

April 3rd, 2019


Technically, yes! Though you wouldn’t want to eat it.

Guisados: The Stewy King of All Tacos

April 2nd, 2019


Though they may not have charred edges from a plancha or the crispy coating of a beer batter, guisados leave a lasting impression.

What is Yuba?

April 1st, 2019


Tofu skin is the best edible skin.

Bless the Dabo

March 31st, 2019


How some Ethiopian Jews are living—and cooking—in Israel almost 40 years after their arrival.

Inside the Great Oat-Milk Shortage

March 30th, 2019


The improbable story of how a revolutionary beige liquid achieved cult status.

What is Allspice?

March 29th, 2019


How a Jamaican berry spread its way around the world.

Freeze Your Fried Tofu. You Will Thank Us Later.

March 28th, 2019


It transforms the bean curd into something completely, magically different. Your sauces will thank you, too.

Beef Wellington Isn’t Scary

March 26th, 2019


No, you’re not going to destroy an entire tenderloin. Yes, everything is better wrapped in puff pastry.

How Long Does it Take to Caramelize Onions?

March 25th, 2019


Probably longer than your recipe estimates.

I Believe in the Church of Neck Bones

March 24th, 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 Greek and Turkish Coffee?

March 23rd, 2019


Don’t tell the Turks and Greeks, but they’re more similar than different.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 …

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 …

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.

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.

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