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Louisiana five years after BP oil spill: 'It's not going back to normal no time soon'

To hear BP tell it, the environmental disaster that struck the Gulf of Mexico five years ago is nearly over – the beaches have been cleared of oil, and the water in the Gulf is as clear as it ever was. But how do you spot a continued disaster if its main indicator is the absence of something?

On …

Oil Spills

The Tenth Degree: Anne Sophie Pic

You’ll rarely hear Anne-Sophie Pic's name uttered without the epithet “best female chef ” tacked on breathlessly afterwards. Her family’s restaurant, Maison Pic, in southeast France, which she took over from her father in 1992 when she was only 23, currently holds three Michelin stars—only three …

Vegetables

18 Elegant Chocolate Desserts

For a special occasion dinner (okay, for any dinner), there's no better way to close a meal than with a rich, decadent chocolate dessert. From a chocolate-caramel tart to classic French chocolate mousse, these 18 sweet recipes will end the show on a high note.

Chocolate

Behind the Recipe: Chocolate-Raspberry Babka

When I began dreaming up recipes for my new cookbook, Modern Jewish Cooking: Recipes & Customs for Today’s Kitchen (Chronicle, March 2015), including a babka felt like a given. Originating from the shtetls of Eastern Europe (its name comes from the Slavic word for grandmother), the classic Jewish …

Recipes

Wedge of warm seawater known as 'the blob' blamed for marine havoc

It's called "the blob," and some blame it for the thousands of dead seabirds and emaciated sea lion pups that have washed ashore on California beaches since late last year.

Ever since an unusually warm mass of seawater began spreading along the Pacific Coast of North America a year ago — wreaking …

Seawater

9 Mexican Recipes Perfect for the Slow Cooker

Between the quick hustle of the food truck and the casual fun of make-your-own taco get togethers, it’s easy to forget that the process behind making …

Mexican Food

Direct to Desktop: Camera Tethering in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom - Tuts+ Photo & Video Tutorial

Have you ever seen a high-powered fashion photography studio setup on TV? Maybe on a reality show, or a makeup ad: medium format digital cameras …

Fashion Photography

Inside the super-fast boat that’s mapping the oceans' garbage vortexes

Touring a boat that was built to sail through garbage, at first, may not sound all that appealing. When they docked in New York last week, the six-man crew of the MOD70 Race for Water had just passed through one of Earth's five "trash vortexes" — circular oceanic currents, also known as gyres, that …

Trash

Heinz Is About To Start A Mustard War

The kings of one wealthy dynasty, emboldened by a key alliance, have set their sights on a powerful rival's territory that's almost as lucrative as the one they already control. It sounds like an exciting plot line from the new season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" -- but, in fact, it's a surprisingly …

Mustard

What to Drink with Your Poetry

For the thirsty English major in all of us, and in honor of National Poetry Month, Rosie Schaap has paired some choice poems with the drinks that suit them best.

Charles Baudelaire
Be Drunk
Baudelaire’s “Be Drunk” is a cri de coeur, a stand against bourgeois banality, an articulation of the best way …

Poetry

Your Guide to the Best Cinnamon Rolls of Your Life

We should all have a solid command of the ABCs of baking. Thankfully, Food52's Test Kitchen Manager Erin McDowell is here, with tips and tricks to help you master the most essential desserts and the simplest breads.

Today: Erin un-curls the cinnamon roll, from the dough to the filling to the frosting

Recipes

How to Tell if a Nutrition Bar Is Actually Healthy

Healthy Nutrition Bars

Not all packaged bars are created equal.

You may have heard the recent news that the FDA sent a warning letter to KIND Snacks. …

Nutrition

9 Fried Desserts to Make When Nothing Else Will Do

Spaghetti Squash

Banana Desserts Are Having a Moment, and We're Into It

I love bananas more than anyone else I know. And seeing them on restaurant menus all over the country makes me endlessly happy. It’s a polarizing fruit, often too rich and too creamy to be truly inviting. Nine times out of ten, I just eat my slightly underripe bananas on-the-go: a sweet, …

Dessert

South Koreans Are Completely Obsessed With Honey-Flavored Chips, And Here's Why

Cronuts, ramen burgers and Franklin BBQ's brisket have proven that Americans are more than willing to line up for hours for a taste of a rare, exquisite food. But a snack in South Korea has inspired a level of frenzy so feverish you'd have to reach over to the world of toys, to products like Furbys …

South Korea

How to Cook With Chicken Stock - Bon Appétit

Why is it that, no matter what we cook, we always have an inch or so of stock left over? Whether you buy the boxed variety or make your own, there’s always just a little more than you need. It’s enough to take up precious fridge space, but not enough for a full recipe. This is one of life’s …

Chicken Recipes

This Trick Will Save You From Endless Hours Of Peeling Potatoes

Peeling potatoes can be dull and tough, especially if you're preparing a meal that requires a lot of them. Sure, there are certain methods that promise to save time -- like this power drill trick -- but they often seem to do more harm than good. But thanks to ultimate lifehacker Dave Hax, we just …

Vegetables

Daniel Boulud Shares Three Standout Recipes From His Talented Staff

It takes a lot of talent to keep a restaurant empire going. Here, three of Daniel's top young colleagues share their own favorite recipes for success.

I would never be able to run 18 restaurants around the world without my dedicated and talented staff. Since I started out on the line myself, I …

Recipes

Yes, Whey: How Yogurt's Leftovers Are Getting a Second Life - Bon Appétit

We don’t make a secret of our love of dairy products: Give us all the yogurt, cheese, and labneh, and we’re happy like California cows. But we often forget about whey, the cloudy, watery liquid left behind after straining thick yogurts and cheeses (think Greek-style yogurt and ricotta). Whey is …

Second Life

Feats of Clay: Meet Wynne Noble, the artist behind some of NYC's most beautiful plate ware

Photos: Dave Katz/Tasting Table Wynne Noble's plates are taunting me.They're sprawled out across a slab roller in her Dumbo, Brooklyn, studio, in …

Sculpture

6 Italian Antipasto Dishes to See You Through to Dinner

Every Tuesday, Italian expat Emiko Davies is taking us on a grand tour of Italy, showing us how to make classic, fiercely regional dishes at home.

Today: Build the perfect antipasto platter.

Literally meaning “before” (anti) “the meal” (pasto), the antipasto is the beginning of every proper Italian …

Italy

7 Reasons You Need to Eat More Eggs

Many Americans were raised on the theory that eggs were loaded with artery-clogging cholesterol, and that eating them was a surefire way to promote …

Eggs

These Blended Frozen Banana Recipes Are Better Than Ice Cream

It’s time to rethink the banana.

All you need is a freezer and a blender to transform the potassium-, serotonin- and fiber rich fruit into the creamiest, most healthy treat we’ve had all year.

We scoured the internet for delicious ideas, but really, you can’t go wrong: peel and slice some slightly …

Ice Cream

Sautéed Cod with Pea Cream

SERVES 6

INGREDIENTS

2½ lb. boneless, skinless cod filets, cut into 2″ chunks
1 tbsp. mustard seeds, lightly crushed
4 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 shallots, finely chopped
3½ cups fresh or frozen, thawed peas

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
⅔ cup half-and-half
2 tbsp. olive oil

Roughly …

Recipes

How an Unknown Photographer Named Carleton E. Watkins Helped Save Yosemite

Did you know that a single unknown photographer helped change the course of history for Yosemite with his photos back in 1861? The video above tells …

Photographers

Can Lemon Water Really Help You Lose Weight?

Celebs such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dina Manzo guzzle hot water with lemon as if the liquid was bottled at the …

Weight Loss

You Should Be Smoking Your Oysters

Chef Diego Hernández Baquedano knows from fresh. At his Ensenada, Mexico restaurant Corazón de Tierra, the on-site garden dictates what ends up on diners’ plates: in Baquedano’s words, “The immediacy, the freshness, and the quality of the products are true luxuries.” Ensenada, Baquedano explains, …

Food

Noma Head Chef René Redzepi Interviews Legendary Sushi Master Jiro Ono

Whilst overseeing the Noma Mandarin Oriental pop-up in Tokyo, Danish chef René Redzepi takes a moment to meet with iconic sushi master Jiro Ono of …

Sushi

The French Laundry on Twitter

Day 76: Ready for service #TheFuture #TFLKitchenRenovation pic.twitter.com/u6MyLCg7oX

The Secret to Delicious Tofu (Really!) in 3 Steps

Poor tofu: After a bad experience, many people vow to never taste the fermented soy protein again--a shame because the nutritious ingredient can be especially handy in the kitchen when trying to whip up easy meals that don't center around meat.

But when cooked properly, carnivores can even learn to …

Tofu