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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.

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 …

Inside the Cult of Clay Cookware

September 6th, 2018


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

What is Frito Pie?

September 5th, 2018


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

Adobo Seasoning and the Art of Puerto Rican Dry Marinade

September 4th, 2018


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

What's the Best Way to Dry Lettuce?

September 3rd, 2018


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

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

September 2nd, 2018


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

What Makes Cold Brew Different From Regular Iced Coffee?

September 1st, 2018


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

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

August 31st, 2018


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

How to Roast a Chicken? The Answers Are Horrifying.

August 30th, 2018


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

What is Texas Barbecue?

August 29th, 2018


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

Better Bread Means Better Bread Crumbs

August 28th, 2018


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

What is Mulligatawny Soup?

August 27th, 2018


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

I Created Nutellasagna. It Was a Monster.

August 26th, 2018


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

Does it Matter Which Brand of Kosher Salt I Use?

August 25th, 2018


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

Souvenir Recipes and the Cure for Post-Vacation Blues

August 24th, 2018


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

What Does Confit Mean?

August 23rd, 2018


All about the Frenchiest cooking technique around.

The End of Afghan Cuisine in Pakistan?

August 22nd, 2018


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

What is XO Sauce?

August 21st, 2018


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

Teriyaki Everything

August 20th, 2018


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

What's a Chicago Hot Dog?

August 19th, 2018


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

The Horror Show Sealed in a Bulging Can

August 18th, 2018


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

How Do I Cook with Mustard Oil?

August 17th, 2018


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

Good Indonesian Food? Naturally, at the Badminton Club.

August 16th, 2018


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

What is an Air Fryer?

August 15th, 2018


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

When Everyday Foods Get Witchy

August 14th, 2018


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

What is Hainanese Chicken?

August 13th, 2018


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

In Mexico City, Pozole for Every Mood

August 12th, 2018


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

What is Balsamic Vinegar?

August 11th, 2018


And why the good stuff costs so much.

On the Road to Montreal, in Search of Poutine Nirvana

August 10th, 2018


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

What is Neapolitan-style Pizza?

August 9th, 2018


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

Parle-G: The Biscuit in Every Indian Home

August 8th, 2018


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

What is Black Garlic?

August 7th, 2018


Get to know this funky-sweet fermented allium.

The Secrets of California's Oldest Recipes

August 6th, 2018


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

Why Do We Chill Cookie Dough Before Baking?

August 5th, 2018


Cool down your dough for a tastier, chewier cookie.

It Takes a Village to Cook a Hawaiian Pig

August 4th, 2018


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

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.

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.

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