Recipes

Your Friday Moment of Zen

Your Friday Moment of Zen

[Illustration: Biodiversity Heritage Library] You did it! Another week down! We’re putting up a post very much like this one every Friday afternoon, to celebrate the fact that the week is done. Down with the lame week days! Up with not-lame weekend days! We think […]

A Chefs’ Guide to Eating Out in Portland, Oregon

A Chefs’ Guide to Eating Out in Portland, Oregon

Compared with cities like New York and Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon, is relatively small—which only makes its sheer density of destination-worthy restaurants more impressive. Where else can you find a spot for Russian comfort food, a fabulous Thai tasting menu behind a secret door in […]

Special Sauce: Author Tom Roston on Post-9/11 New York as Victim and Survivor

Special Sauce: Author Tom Roston on Post-9/11 New York as Victim and Survivor

[Tom Roston photograph: Jeremy Folmer. Bagel photograph: Vicky Wasik] Part two of my at times emotionally overwhelming interview with Tom Roston, author of The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World: The Twin Towers, Windows on the World, and the Rebirth of New York, focused on […]

How I Got My Toddler Interested in Food and Cooking

How I Got My Toddler Interested in Food and Cooking

[Illustrations: Michelle Kondrich] All kids are picky. All of them. What’s that? Not yours? You with your little Johnny Escoffier, who’s been gumming down artichokes barigoule and slurping up lark’s tongues in aspic since before his baby teeth were in? Okay, not your specific kid. […]

Cookie Science: The Importance of Scraping Your Bowl

Cookie Science: The Importance of Scraping Your Bowl

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik] For those who bake cookies on the regular, it’s not uncommon to encounter the occasional oddball—one or more cookies from the same batch of dough, scooped out with all the rest, yet inexplicably larger, thinner, and browner than the rest. Sometimes these […]

Basque in the Glory of Grilled Whole Turbot

Basque in the Glory of Grilled Whole Turbot

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik] When planning a trip, I know where I am going to eat before any other logistical details are settled. I may not have sorted out a place to stay, or even a plane ticket yet, but I’ve already mapped out an aggressive […]

Basque-Style Grilled Whole Turbot Recipe

Basque-Style Grilled Whole Turbot Recipe

[Photograph: Vicky Wasik] Grilled whole turbot is a mainstay on the Spanish Basque coast, particularly in the fishing village of Getaria, which is famous for the seafood that arrives at the docks from the Bay of Biscay, and the region’s bright, energetic white wine, Txakoli […]

A Guide to Salt, the World’s Most Popular Food

A Guide to Salt, the World’s Most Popular Food

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik] Almost 2,000 years ago, the Roman naturalist and philosopher Pliny the Elder said, “Heaven knows, a civilized life is impossible without salt,” and it’s safe to say nothing has changed. Across the world, salt is prized for the way it makes food […]

22 Rosh Hashanah Desserts to Guarantee a Sweet New Year

22 Rosh Hashanah Desserts to Guarantee a Sweet New Year

[Collage photographs: Jennifer Latham, Max Falkowitz, Emily Dryden, Vicky Wasik] The main course is certainly important, but dessert is arguably the central part of the Rosh Hashanah meal. This is a time to break out the sugar—sweet foods are a must for the holiday, symbolizing […]

The Best Ways to Cook Octopus

The Best Ways to Cook Octopus

Grilled octopus. [Photograph: Vicky Wasik] Is there any animal that we eat that’s more mystifying than the octopus? An octopus can camouflage itself and shape-shift in ways that sci-fi nerds only dream of. They have a complex and decentralized nervous system that allows each individual […]