Essential Indian Street Food | Serious Eats

Paratha tears apart into delightfully flaky layers. [Photograph: Vicky Wasik] You may be familiar with ubiquitous snacks like dosa and samosa, but India is home to an extraordinary smorgasbord of street foods, many of which are unfamiliar to even die-hard fans of the country’s cuisine. That’s because there’s a remarkable degree of variation among India’s […]

A dish of unshucked Olympia oysters, next to a penny for size comparison

This Small West Coast Oyster Is Making a Big Comeb…

Shucked Olympia oysters on bladderwrack seaweed. [Photographs: Jennifer Burns Bright] The Olympia oyster boasts a flavor so intriguingly odd, so unlike other oysters, it has aficionados searching for words. Chef Maylin Chavez, who owns Olympia Oyster Bar in Portland, Oregon, calls it “sweet like a carrot,” but also “savory like a shiitake or chicken bouillon” […]

Scoops of creamy fior di latte gelato

How to Make Fior di Latte Gelato

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik] Fior di latte, translated literally, means flower of milk. It’s a figure of speech, indicating something made with the best quality milk. Often, it refers to mozzarella, but it also refers to gelato in its purest form: no eggs, no fruit, no chocolate, no vanilla. If that sounds boring, it’s because farm-fresh […]

The Best Way to Store Your Knives

A magnetic knife strip, such as the wood one pictured here, is a great space-saving knife storage solution. [Photographs: Vicky Wasik] I have a bit of a kitchen knife–buying obsession. It helps that I can justify many of my purchases for work (how else am I going to write comprehensive reviews of chef’s knives, bread […]

24 Pineapple Recipes for Tropical-Tasting Sweets, …

[Photographs: J. Kenji López-Alt, Morgan Eisenberg, Yvonne Ruperti, Vicky Wasik] There is no shortage of ways to enjoy pineapple—its sweet-tart flavor is equally at home in savory dishes, desserts, and drinks. Nowadays, fresh pineapple is available year-round, so if you’re ever stuck in a cooking or drinking rut, look to the tropical fruit to switch […]

17 Tequila Cocktail Recipes to Take You Beyond the...

17 Tequila Cocktail Recipes to Take You Beyond the…

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik, Heather Meldrom, Rabi Abonour] Tequila and margaritas are virtually synonymous, and for good reason—a properly crafted margarita is one of history’s greatest cocktails. At the same time, tequila can be used for so much more. With a variety of expressions—bright and grassy blanco tequila, mellower reposado, and añejo varieties as dark as […]

Special Sauce: Rick Bragg on Why Cooks Are the Hig…

[Photograph: Michael Lionstar. Pie photograph: Vicky Wasik] On this week’s episode of Special Sauce, the Pulitzer Prize–winning but ridiculously down-to-earth Rick Bragg digs deep into his mom, the subject of his latest book, The Best Cook in the World. For one thing, Bragg’s mother was not in the least interested in trendsetting: “Well, the first […]

How Japanese Knives Are Made

[Photographs: Daniel Gritzer] The world of kitchen knives can be roughly divided into two overarching groups: Western knives, which are rooted in German and French cutlery traditions, and Japanese knives, some of which can be traced back hundreds of years to the days of the samurai and their infamously sharp swords. The Difference Between Japanese […]

How to Make Pineapple Ice Cream

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik] A few weeks ago at dinner, Sohla talked about the charms of growing up near Disneyland, where summers were flush with the cold, bright zing of a Dole Whip, a dairy-free pineapple-flavored soft-serve that’s been sold at the theme parks since 1986. I’m almost embarrassed to say I’ve never been to Disney, […]

Pastrami vs Corned Beef: A Guide to the Jewish Del…

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik, unless otherwise noted] Despite its name, the Jewish delicatessen is for everyone. If anything, an overstuffed sandwich of pastrami, or corned beef, or brisket is what helped Jews assimilate into the United States after the great migrations of the 1800s and 1900s. The delicatessen is where the children of immigrants became Americans, […]

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