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20 Non-Traditional Engagement Rings That Are Crazy Beautiful

Engagement rings are one of the pieces of jewelry that mean, well, EVERYTHING. And while we can never stop staring at our fave stars’ sparkling stunners, we secretly pine for a band o’ gold (or platinum) that feels as unique as our relationship. Below, check out twenty of the prettiest alternative …

What are the best books series for younger children?

My son is six but a very advanced reader for his age. He’s been a keen book lover since before starting school, enjoying a wide range of books; but a few months ago he discovered Beast Quest and it quickly became an all-consuming passion: he lived, ate, slept and breathed it! Now after 10 series, …

Homemade Marinara Sauce Is Easy to Make—If You Avoid These Common Mistakes

Jarred marinara sauce can't hold a candle to the homemade version. Avoid these common mistakes and whip up a batch tonight.<p>Is there any dinner that's easier to make and more satisfying than pasta and marinara sauce covered in a flurry of shredded Parmesan? We think not. But before you reach for a …

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Lemongrass Miso Soup

One thing I've most enjoyed experimenting with over the past year is broth. I suppose the style of broth I'm interested in would technically be …

Food Preservation

You Wanted a Thai-Inspired Quick Main Dish? You Got It

Our readers asked us for a Thai-inspired recipe—so we made a quick and simple dish adapted from classic larb<p><i>It's Reader's Choice Week here at Bon Appétit, so we're letting you call the shots when it comes to what we cook. Every morning at 9 a.m. ET on our Facebook page, we ask your advice:</i> <b>What</b> …

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Radish Kimchi

Put radishes, cabbages, and salt into a large bowl and toss to combine; let sit for 15 minutes.<p>Meanwhile, in another large bowl, combine the …

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Seafood Pastas

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Pie Recipes

Sweet or savory, we can't get enough pie<p>We just can't resist pie in any of its forms. What's not to love about a flaky crust holding a delicious …

Zacatecas-Style Green Mole With Chicken (Pollo en Mole Verde Zacatecano)

Cook the chicken: Place chicken, cilantro, salt, peppercorns, garlic, onion, bay leaf, and 12 cups water in a 6-qt. saucepan and bring to a boil; …

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Classic Carrot Cake

Heat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9" x 13" baking dish; set aside. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and …

It's Winter, So It's Time to Cook with Carrots—Here's How

Why you should stock up on carrots at the farmers' market, and 22 recipes for using them<p>Right now, your local farmers' market might be looking a little...thin. All you can find are carrots and potatoes. But that's not a bad thing! Carrots are an incredibly flexible staple, lending sweetness to …

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50 Highly Anticipated Films At The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

From a drama starring two recent SNL favorites to a documentary about Mitt Romney to plenty of zombies, there are all kinds of movies for all kinds of people at this year's premier Park City-set independent film fest. In no particular order!<p><b>Correction:</b> <i>It turns out, director Sophie Hyde did shoot</i> …

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4 Healthy Lunches for People Who Hate Salad

Since he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, celebrity chef (and Oprah pal) Art Smith has lightened up his midday meals. Here, some of his favorite …

The 10 Best Practical Places to Explore Ancient Rome

The legacy of the Roman Empire can be found in far more places than you might imagine. Many of the most interesting ancient sites, however, are located in countries and regions that are difficult or dangerous to visit. But that doesn't mean you can't get your fill of ancient Rome in more practical …

West Africa's best wildlife parks

Everyone knows about the great national parks of eastern and southern Africa – Masai Mara, Kruger and Serengeti all conjure up images of majestic landscapes, packs of lions lazing in the shade and herds of elephants roaming the savannah. But have you heard of Mole, Pendjari and Waza? These wildlife …

Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean: how we made The Sandman

<b>Neil Gaiman</b><b>, writer</b><p>The character of Dream – AKA the Sandman, or the Lord of Dreams – had always been in my mind, like that Michelangelo analogy about a sculpture already being in the marble. In 1988, when I wrote a dream sequence for Black Orchid, my first comic for DC, it occurred to me that it …

61 Easy Pasta Recipes for Weeknight Dinners

Lose the jarred sauce—we're confident you won't need it with these easy pastas in your weeknight dinner arsenal.<p>When it comes to quick and easy weeknight pasta, you can lose those jars. And boxes. And packets of powder (ew). There’s no need for the pre-made stuff, because you can pack serious …

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Top 10 arthouse movies

Peter Bradshaw on art movies<p>This is a red rag to a number of different bulls. Lovers of what are called arthouse movies resent the label for being derisive and philistine. And those who detest it bristle at the implication that there is no artistry or intelligence in mainstream entertainment.<p>For …

Seven Cruises for People Who Hate Cruises (Photos)

Cruises don't have to mean massive boats and potential disasters. Andrew Harper picks seven sailing trips that even cruise haters will love.

Smorgasburg’s Lumpia Shack Opening West Village Location

Husband-and-wife team Neil Syham and Angie Roca have earned a devoted following for their twin Filipino-inspired Smorgasburg stands, Lumpia Shack and …

7 Ways To Travel Smarter, Cheaper And More Often

<b>By Stephanie Oswald, Next Avenue Contributor</b><p>Fall travel season is here, offering endless possibilities for your next trip. One fringe benefit of not having to work around school schedules is getting to hit the road on less crowded highways — and in airports, on planes and at attractions.<p>Of course, …

Jesus is having a moment in literary fiction

If you haven't read Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary, you may know it as the short one on the Booker shortlist (and therefore not a bad place to start). It has only 104 pages. But what makes it really striking – in addition to its compelling narrator, lyrical physical evocation of its time and …

13 Hacks to Improve Your Google Search

Even the king of all search engines can be throttled up with a few simple tricks.<p>Ever since the Internet's dozens of Web crawlers (AltaVista, …

32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life

And all you have to do is read them!

Books

How to back up your Android phone

Losing or breaking your phone doesn't mean you have to lose all your data, too--as long as you back it up first. Find out how to back up your valuable apps, contacts, messages, and more with just a few easy steps.<p>Android doesn't offer a native backup service, so it's easy to ignore the need to do …

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John Mullan on The Blind Assassin – Guardian book club

The very construction of Margaret Atwood's <i>The Blind Assassin</i> is puzzle-like. It is made up of four narratives, interleaved with each other. But how do they connect? The encompassing narrative, which begins and ends the novel, is told by Iris Griffen, now in her 80s, who looks back to her early …

19 Awesome Eye Makeup Ideas For Asians

The monolid is your playground.

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