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80 Books Every Person Should Read

8 female literary powerhouses, from Michiko Kakutani to Anna Holmes to Roxane Gay help create an updated list of books everyone should read.<p>What can we say? We messed up. Our list of "80 Books Every Man Should Read," published several years ago, was rightfully called out for its lack of diversity …

The Best Quickbread Recipes To Make For Someone You Love

Give one a try today.<p>Quick breads get a lot of play around the holidays, but they really should be getting attention all year round. While you can always find a recipe for banana bread -- and we're definitely happy about that -- there are so many other options for this quick-rising bread. Why …

Breakfast

210 Zappos employees — 14% of the staff — take buyouts after CEO ultimatum to embrace self-management or leave

Zappos, the Amazon-owned online retailer, confirmed with the Las Vegas Sun that 210 of its 1,503 employees — nearly 14% of the company — took a buyout deal after CEO Tony Hsieh announced the company was completely ridding itself of manager roles and job titles.<p>The company, well known for its …

The Workplace

How to Buy Food: The Psychology of the Supermarket

From the layout to the little old lady who hands out samples, we explain the psychological tricks the supermarket uses to get you to buy food you don't want<p><i>This is the first part of a two-part series on how to get the most of your supermarket-shopping experience. Part One discusses how supermarkets</i> …

Pan-Roasted Sea Scallops with Scallop Jus + Miso-Creamed Kale

<i>Today:</i> <i>Trade in a heavy and dense winter meal for a lighter, but still satisfying option of scallops and creamed kale.</i><p>Winter meals don't always need to be dense and heavy to warm you up. It's possible for them to be juicy and full of rich and comforting flavors, like miso and soy, and still feel …

Love Miso? You Need to Know About Doenjang

Korean doenjang, miso's more assertive cousin, adds an umami-rich boost to dips, stews, and more. Here's how to use it.<p>Umami-rich miso is good for way more than just soup—we love how the savory paste makes everything from tofu to apple cobbler taste a little more <i>alive</i>. And if you're a miso fan, …

Hey Chef, What Can I Do With Sichuan Peppercorns?

Welcome back to <i>Hey Chef</i>, a series where we ask pros around the country for tips on how to use ingredients we love. Today: Sichuan peppercorns.<p>If you're not familiar with the numbing, tongue-tingling bite of Sichuan peppercorns, they can be a nerve-wracking ingredient to bring into your kitchen. So …

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Nigerian Dishes: How to cook ‘Oha Soup’ (Recipe)

<b>Oha Soup is a delicacy from the eastern part of Nigeria. The leaf has a mouth-watering aromatic flavour and the taste is absolutely delectable. See</b> …

Toro Bravo: A Cookbook Potluck Dinner Party

<b>Portland, Oregon</b> When I read a post by Liz Crain about a potluck dinner party that centered around the newly published Toro Bravo cookbook, I knew I had to check it out. Toro Bravo is also a Spanish inspired tapas restaurant that serves fabulous food. Crain co-wrote the cookbook with chef and …

Bone Broth Primer: Your Guide to the “It” Food of 2015

Bone broth is having a moment. If you haven't seen the stories touting its major health benefits as a digestive, bone, skin, hair, and anti-aging …

Ma Yi Shang Shu (“Ants Climbing a Tree”)

Place noodles and 4 cups boiling water in a bowl; let sit until soft, about 4 minutes. Drain and toss noodles with sesame oil; set aside.<p>Heat canola …

Adam Sachs' 5 Essential Tools for Home Cooks Anywhere

<i>As home cooks, we rely on our instincts, our knowledge, and our curiosities -- but we also have to rely on our tools. Which is why we're asking the experts about the essential tools we need to make our favorite foods attainable in our own kitchens.</i><p><i>Today: Adam Sachs, the</i> <i>Editor-in-Chief of Saveur</i> …

Welcome to the 2015 Food Lover's Cleanse + Day 1 Menu

We're ready to go! Welcome to the 2015 Food Lover's Cleanse<p>Welcome to the 2015 Food Lover’s Cleanse! I’m so glad you’re joining me as we fill our kitchens with whole foods and bright flavors.<p>It’s my fifth year pulling together and hosting the <i>Bon Appétit</i> Food Lover’s Cleanse, and this time, I’m …

6 Ways to Use Delicata Squash

Delicata squash, an heirloom variety that’s become super popular over the past decade, has a lot of perks: Not only is it easy to chop but the thin …

Creamy Fall Smoothie for Mom and Baby

Are you ready to experience fall in a glass? A glass full of <i>real</i> ingredients, not synthetic 'fake' pumpkin flavor?<p>Try this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie: it's delicious, creamy, and above all, healthy! If you have a little one living with you, they can enjoy it, too, and benefit from all the fiber, Vitamin …

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8 Tips for Renovating Your Kitchen from Design Pros

From where to put the sink to which appliances to replace, here are 8 kitchen renovation tips from two of NYC's star designers.<p>We're not sure if you've heard, but we're making a big move—to 1 World Trade Center. And while this isn't your ordinary office move, it's especially extraordinary for us. <b>We</b> …

Weekend Getaway: North Coast

The gorgeous Northern California coast, just a short drive away from the city, is ripe with places to eat, drink and explore. Sometimes known as the …

Scallion Pancakes (Cong You Bing)

Process 2 cups flour and baking powder in a food processor. With motor running, add 2⁄3 cup cold water; process until dough forms, about 40 seconds. …

Gone Bananas

"I love peanut butter," says Dominique Ansel with genuine excitement. "I find it exotic."<p>Not what you'd expect to hear from the mastermind behind …

5 Best Things to Eat in Catalunya

A recent trip to the Catalan countryside surrounding Barcelona made it clear to me once again that some of Spain’s greatest food destinations aren’t …

Traditional French Cassoulet Recipe

The first time I had cassoulet in its home turf it was a revelation. This loose, almost soup-like stew of beans and meat was so far removed from all versions of cassoulet I'd had in the United States, or even in other parts of France. It was a large, bubbling vat of beans and meat, covered in a …

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Water Conservation Tips

Learn how to reduce your water usage.<p>1994 was the year that federally mandated low-flow showerheads, faucets, and toilets started to appear on the scene in significant numbers. How can you conform to the standards and help increase energy efficiency in your home?<p><b>At Home</b><p>On average, 10 gallons per …

The Power of Sleep

Health<p>Search<p>North KoreaU.S. Has Plan to Dismantle North Korea's Nuclear Program in a Year, John Bolton Says<p>John McCain'I’m Never Going to Forgive …

20+ Toys & Crafts You Can Make from Recyclables

Save money, save the Earth and entertain your kids simultaneously — sounds like winners all around to me! If there's one thing I hear frequently from …

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21 Problems You Can Solve With Baking Soda

Seriously, store a box of this stuff in every room of your house.<p>Sure, it's a pro at making chewy chocolate chip cookies, but baking soda's real claim-to-fame is its power to freshen and clean many spots in your home. It's a super-effective (but gentle) abrasive and is a great natural deodorizer, …

Smoked Whitefish Salad Vols-au-Vent (and 8 great party ideas)

1. <b>The Soup and Panini Party</b>. Set up a couple of panini presses (I use my cast iron skillet and a weighted press); some fancy bread choices from a …

Spicy Fish Tacos

I have a long-standing love affair with fish tacos. I am also insanely picky about them–I am almost always disappointed by fish tacos I eat in …