Category: culture

Bon Appétit – From Lattes to Lamps, America’s Coming Up Mushrooms

Growing up in the nineties, the only mushroom I had time for was Toad—Princess Peach’s loyal attendant and by far the best Mario Kart character. I thought the real thing, the fungus that my mom insisted on hiding in bolognese, carbonara, and stir fries, was straight up feral. Spongy, dirt-clad, and unsettling. Fast forward a

Bon Appétit – The Best Cocoa Powder for Baking (Especially Brownies!)

It’s debatable whether or not a “bad brownie” truly exists, but one thing that’s for certain is that the best brownies start with the best cocoa powder. If you’ve ever baked with a dusty, off-brand box of cocoa, you know this. That chocolate craving hits, you run to your kitchen cabinet, grab whatever cocoa you

Bon Appétit – A Tale of Two Women, One Winery, and Some of California’s Most Coveted Bottles

It wasn’t love at first sight when Mireia Taribó and Tara Gomez met 15 years ago in California. “Kind of the opposite,” Taribó says with a laugh. They worked at J. Lohr Vineyard & Wines in Paso Robles, Gomez as the enologist and lab manager and Taribó as a cellar and barrel intern. After finishing

Bon Appétit – There’s A Special Place in My Pantry for Patagonia Provisions Canned Mackerel

This is Highly Recommend, a column dedicated to what people in the food industry are obsessed with eating, drinking, and buying right now. Until relatively recently, I used to stock my kitchen with a hefty assortment of instant foods meant for emergencies only: reserve boxes of Annie’s cheddar shells, random frozen dinners, overly salty canned

Bon Appétit – In ‘Fault Lines,’ a Japanese Housewife Falls for an Objectively Hot Restaurateur

I was lucky enough to spend three days in Tokyo last week, and it was magnificent. I explored the cobbled streets of Kagurazaka, sampled bites of crispy, croquette-like beef and potato korokke during Obon, and watched cherry blossoms suddenly bathe the city in pink as if a switch had been flicked. While Japan remains closed

Bon Appétit – Sofreh Brooklyn: Nasim Alikhani’s 30-Year Voyage

The Met Gala served a fully plant-based menu this year for the first time. What’s your approach to cooking without meat? In my own home, I only serve meat once a week, because I believe we should not eat more than that. Historically, that’s how we eat meat in Iran. It’s a flavor enhancer, except – The Best Sheet Pan Costs $20 and Will Last a Lifetime

Is a kitchen really a kitchen if it doesn’t have a sheet pan (or five)? Metal baking trays are our workhorses, handling everything from cookies to roasted vegetables to entire sheet-pan dinners. Sure, you might think a bit of metal is just a bit of metal. How different can sheet pans be? But not all

Bon Appétit – Baking a Seven-Layer Cake in a Heatwave

I remember exactly what I was doing during the blackout of 2003, which left a huge swath of the Northeast without power on a relentlessly hot August afternoon. I was in the middle of baking my “signature cake,” the one I got recruited into baking for all of our family events: Duncan Hines Devil’s Food

Bon Appétit – If You Kidnap Nic Cage’s Truffle Pig, He Will Come For You

First there was Taken, a film in which 90s A-List actor Liam Neeson—now grayer, wearier, dad bod-ier—embarks on a violent quest to save his kidnapped daughter. Then there was John Wick, a film in which 90s A-List actor Keanu Reeves—weathered by personal tragedy—embarks on a savage crusade to recover his stolen Mustang. Both have spawned

Bon Appétit – Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III’s Black Church Food Security Network Turns Churches Into Gardens

It wasn’t until Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III decided to transform the front yard of his church into a garden that he began to remember his own connection to farming. The senior pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore grew up picking string beans and tomatoes from his grandparents’ backyard. He’d listen to stories

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