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Here's the yacht Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen used to find a sunken WWII battleship

Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen announced Wednesday that he and a crew aboard his "Octopus" yacht had located a WWII-era battleship at the bottom of the ocean in the Philippines.

Octopus is a 414-foot yacht equipped with 40 guest suites, a glass-bottom pool, two helicopter pads, and a submarine.

It is

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John Besh Visits F&W, Miraculously Cooks Gumbo in 33 Minutes

Traditionally, gumbo takes an hour or two. You have to enrich the roux, cook all of the proteins and then let everything simmer for a good, long time. But when John Besh visited the Food & Wine Test Kitchen today to chat about his upcoming book, Besh Big Easy (his first soft-cover, super-casual …


5 Great Scotches That Don't Cost $628,000 a Bottle

Thank you, Guinness. Not the beer—the Guinness Book of World Records folks, who have finally confirmed that yes, indeed, the 6-liter, Lalique-decanter-enclosed bottle of Macallan that sold last year for $628,000 is, without any hint of a doubt, the most expensive bottle of whiskey ever sold. (The …


7 Ways to Make Your Soups Even Better - Bon Appétit

The last time I ordered soup in a restaurant was—well, let me see—possibly never. That’s because in my mind, soup is something to be made and eaten at home, ideally with a cuddly animal at your feet in front of a blazing fireplace while the wind whips outside. The soup I’m talking about is never …


Tex-Mex Crockpot Quinoa

Crockpot quinoa with a Mexican twist. This delicious meal comes together in a snap and cooks low and slow all day.

You know that saying “a dog is a man’s best friend?”

Well, I think that’s false.

After much ponder-age, I have decided that a slow cooker really is a man’s best friend.

Let’s look at the …


A Creamy, Dreamy Liqueur: Make the most of winter citrus with this DIY orangecello

Photo: Lizzie Munro/Tasting TableCalling your inner child: Remember the Creamsicle®, the creamy orange ice cream pop that melted in your mouth all …


US billionaire Paul Allen discovers wreck of Japan's biggest warship Musashi

Microsoft co-founder says his exploration vessel M/Y Octopus found the battleship off the coast of the Philippines

Sunk without trace in what some historians consider the greatest naval battle ever fought, the mightiest battleship ever built has been found off the Philippines by one of the world’s …

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5 Additives You Won't Find Listed on a Wine Label

Has a wine been enhanced with tannin powder or Mega Purple? There’s no way to know from looking at the label. F&W’s Megan Krigbaum reports.

The Truth About Additives
Anyone with the romantic notion that fermented grape juice just magically turns into wine will be astonished by the use of additives in …


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Cooking Off the Cuff: The Only Scone Recipe You -- or Anybody Else -- Will Ever Need

Some time back in the twentieth century, Jackie and I were having afternoon tea at one of London's swanky hotels and were particularly struck by how good the scones were - even apart from the splendid jam and cream they were served with. So I asked for the recipe. The word came back from the chef: …


From War To Plow: Why USDA Wants Veterans To Take Up Farming

Sara Creech has grown dependent on farming. She started out planting an orchard of fruit trees: apples, peaches, cherries and pears. She added berry bushes and rows of vegetables.

And then she bought her first chickens.

"A lot of people call chickens the gateway animal," says Creech, who lives in …


The Weird Benefit of Eating Salty Food

Too much salt can lead to heart disease, but there may be a healthy side to salt that hasn’t been appreciated — until now

If you’re an average American, chances are that you’re eating too much salt. But the latest research — which, the scientists stress, is still in its early stages — hints that …


This Woman Brought Foie Gras to the US

Dame of game Ariane Daguin is celebrating the 30th anniversary of her company, D’Artagnan, with a five-course dinner at The Hamilton in Washington, DC, tonight. Here, Daguin chats with sister magazine Fortune about America’s misconception on foie gras and why farm-to-table is not a trend. For more

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Scientists have figured out what makes Indian food so delicious

By Roberto A. Ferdman March 3 at 8:15 AM Follow @robferdman

Curries, rice, naan bread, samosas and pakora. (iStock)

Indian food, with its hodgepodge of …


Tamron's Tuesday Trend: High-tech kitchen tools act like a personal sous chef

Times have most certainly changed since food-stained cookbooks cluttered kitchens everywhere. In fact, a recent study by Nextmarket Insights found that 24 percent of home cooks regularly use a tablet or smartphone to help them out. But what other technology is out there?

Justin Chapple from Food & …


The 9 types of wine you should really be drinking

Any wine expert will tell you that as Americans, we rely far too much on the same kinds of wine.

We know what to expect from a Pinot Grigio, Merlot, or Malbec, but what about Vermentino, Nebbiolo, or Côtes du Rhône?

We spoke with Jeremy Block, owner of Some Good Wine in New York, about alternatives …


7 food trends of 2015 that embrace health and sustainability

Some years see food fads that bring shudders to the green- and salubrious-inclined, but 2015 has ushered in some fashionable noshes that we can live …


Why does the media have a blindspot on food science?

Recent claims about the safety of certain supermarket foods highlights the lack of awareness that the media has when it comes to food science. Robin Bisson takes a look

Last week the news told us to be scared of our salad. The story came from food journalist Joanna Blythman, who had a lengthy …


Alaska: Sparse snow forces start of Iditarod to Fairbanks

The official start of the legendary Iditarod dog sled race on Monday is being moved to Fairbanks because of a lack of snow.

It’s only the second time in 40 runnings that the competition has been moved. The widely watched race is held each March, typically between Anchorage and Nome. This year, …


How to Make Sauce Out of Your Pan's Brown Bits (aka Fond)

Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.

Today: Don't wash away them most flavorful bits in your pan. They're called fond, and they're the start of a very good pan sauce. Here's what you need to …


4 Photoshop Tools Every Photographer Should Know

When it comes to photo-editing programs, one of the most popular among both amateur and professional photographers alike is Adobe Photoshop. While it …

Adobe Photoshop

What Is a Spiralizer and How Do You Use It? - Bon Appétit

We love traditional pasta, but lately we’ve noticed a new breed of noodles. We’re not talking about rice, corn, or quinoa spaghetti—we’re talking about spiralized vegetables. The spiralizer is an inexpensive tool (one of the most popular brands retails for $39.95) that turns fresh veggies into …


Meet the Man who has Photographed Mount Rushmore for Eight Decades

The monument turns 90 years old on March 3. 'People change...but the mountain stays the same,' says Bill Groethe

But that didn’t last long. Groethe, who is now 91, grew up and still lives and works in Rapid City, S.D.. He has seen the monument evolve over the years, and not just with his eyes: …

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Ancient Wheat DNA Find Shifts Early UK Farming Theories

Some of us spend so much time thinking about not eating wheat, particularly its key protein, gluten, that it can be difficult to remember how important wheat is to human history.

We started growing it about 10,000 years ago. That was a major milestone; it marked the beginning of the end of the …


8 Amazing Bread Loaves From Across the Country You Should Seek Out - Bon Appétit

We went to the top bakeries to find loaves so good you might finish them in one sitting (whoops!).

Cumin Gruyére from Loaf, Durham, NC
Stuffing bread with cheese is almost cheating, but we can’t complain about this guy.

Spiced Sourdough from Manresa Bread, Los Gatos, CA
Studded with hazelnuts, …


The True Cost of Food Waste

The world wastes an astonishing amount of food. As a recent Chicago Council on Global Affairs' blog post outlines in stark detail, about one third of all the food that is produced is wasted, which amounts to about $1 trillion worth of food loss each year. A shocking 7 percent of global greenhouse …


How One Company Convinced Anthony Bourdain To Shill As It Rebrands Scotch

William Grant & Sons would like to work its way into the hearts and liquor cabinets of younger customers. Cheeky bar spoons included.

Anthony Bourdain shills for no brand.

As a renegade from the culinary establishment and a critic of the food industry, brand partnerships go against his whole ethos. …

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Is A Wine's Year Really That Important?

Buying wine isn't easy. Okay, let's rephrase that, because buying wine by aimlessly pointing at a shelf is actually quite easy to do. Buying wine knowledgeably isn't easy. Between the kind of grape, the region and the elusive tasting notes, the seemingly simple task of selecting a bottle based on …


Guide to Mastering Rice: Answers Revealed About Your Favorite Grain

Rice is a daily staple for nearly half of the world's 7 billion people according to the International Rice Research Institute. Most of it (say, about …


The best cake tins

If you fancy your chances on The Great British Bake Off, brush up your skills with our pick of cake pans

You watched Nancy Birtwhistle bake her way to triumph in this year’s series of The Great British Bake Off. You fancy yourself a bit of a professional in the kitchen, too. After one too many …