Our Tips for Meal Planning During Self-Isolation

Our Tips for Meal Planning During Self-Isolation

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik, unless otherwise noted] I’ve never been a meal planner. My normal life of eating is too unpredictable, a consequence of my job. My cooking happens in fits and starts as I bounce back and forth between recipe testing and writing and editing,…

15 Umami-Packed Ingredients to Upgrade Your Pantry

15 Umami-Packed Ingredients to Upgrade Your Pantry

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik] Umami is a flavor we’re always chasing—and one we’re so often looking to add to our cooking. While some people still only give credit to four main flavors* (salty, sweet, sour, and bitter), this fifth, harder-to-pin-down one was given a name by…

Love Pasta and a Good Cause? This Starch Madness Merch Is for You

Love Pasta and a Good Cause? This Starch Madness Merch Is for You

If there’s any silver lining to be found in this period of prolonged self-isolation, it’s that we get to enjoy our fill of pantry staples like pasta as many times a day as we please. And for the Serious Eats team, that’s pretty much as…

Dinner and a Movie: A Chinese Feast for The Farewell

Dinner and a Movie: A Chinese Feast for The Farewell

Editor’s note: This article is the first in a new series produced in partnership with A24 to celebrate the marriage of food and film during this period of self-isolation. “Eat more!” That’s how love is expressed between grandmother and granddaughter in writer-director Lulu Wang’s semi-autobiographical…

Think Outside the Box: 17 Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

Think Outside the Box: 17 Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt, Morgan Eisenberg, Vicky Wasik] While I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Kraft mac and cheese, I’m more likely to make it from scratch these days—homemade stovetop mac is almost as easy as the boxed stuff, anyway, and…

Stock Up on Actually Good Meat With 20% Off at D’Artagnan

Stock Up on Actually Good Meat With 20% Off at D’Artagnan

In these days of self-isolation, we’re trying to limit how often we go to the grocery store (even though it’s usually one of our favorite pastimes). That means looking online to see where we can find what we need. Luckily, there are lots of excellent…

Special Sauce: Kenji on His Food Safety Article

Special Sauce: Kenji on His Food Safety Article

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt. Photograph of pizza boxes: Shutterstock.] It’s obviously still not business as usual at Serious Eats (or anywhere else in the world, for that matter), so we’re going to continue to produce Special Sauce episodes that deal with the coronavirus pandemic. On…

How to Sanitize Your Kitchen From Coronavirus

How to Sanitize Your Kitchen From Coronavirus

[Photographs: Shutterstock] Like most of us, I tend to think of my home as my safe space. But right now, our safety nets are threatened, and the fact that coronavirus is invisible to the naked eye adds a degree of stressful uncertainty to places that…

Starch Madness: Announcing the Wheat 16!

Starch Madness: Announcing the Wheat 16!

[Photograph: Vicky Wasik Graphic: Maggie Lee] After pulse-pounding action in the first two rounds of Starch Madness, we’ve officially arrived at the Wheat 16. First and foremost, we would like to thank all of you who have been participating in Starch Madness—it brings us so…

10 Common Crimes Against Pasta You Don’t Have to Commit

10 Common Crimes Against Pasta You Don’t Have to Commit

[Video: Serious Eats Video. Photographs: Vicky Wasik.] We’re serious about pasta here at Serious Eats. So serious, we’ve decided to launch a Past Crimes Task Force, aimed at rooting out every major and minor pasta crime committed across the land. Why is this necessary?* Because…