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6 rules for eating like an Italian

Did you know that burping at dinner in India is a sign of appreciation? Or that slurping your soup in Japan is totally appropriate?

Knowing the ins and outs of table manners in other countries is a pretty handy thing.

In her new cookbook, Love is Eating, which focuses on simple, healthy Italian …

Italian Food

Parisian cooking classroom tools pack away onto plywood wall

A plywood storage wall stores and displays furniture, ingredients and cooking apparatus at this Paris culinary workshop by architecture studio …


Reader Recs: World's Best Wine Regions

We recently asked our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to share their favorite places to enjoy a taste of vino around the globe. Their recommendations, from California to South Africa, are sure to inspire a bit of wanderlust.

So grab a glass of your favorite variety and join us on a tour of some of the

U.S. Travel

Turns out, cooking a clambake isn't that difficult — if you do it the Montauk way

A Montauk clambake always has plenty of lobster.

A traditional New England clambake involves layering seaweed, rocks, and seafood in a big bonfire pit in the sand, which, for a first-timer, is probably going to end in disaster.

For the uninitiated, a boil is an infinitely better idea — and you can …


The Right Way to Remove a Bottle Label

Wine connoisseurs know that removing the label off a bottle of fine wine is a valuable skill to have. But removing a label for keeps is a meticulous process that isn't always necessary.

Wine connoisseurs know that removing the label off a bottle of fine wine is a valuable skill to have. What better …


In Defense of Potatoes, Because They Only Deserve Praise - Bon Appétit

February 20, 2015 /

Written by Dawn Perry

At every one of my birthday parties as a kid, we’d play Hot Potato. My mom would microwave a russet potato until it was nearly impossible to handle and we’d toss it around a circle until the music stopped. It was sort of like a borderline abusive musical …


99 Reasons To Drink Wine

Because fermentation is fascinating.

There’s no such thing as wine-belly

You need a serving of fruit everyday.

Because beyond college, Master’s and …


Shellfish Boil with Spicy Green Dipping Sauce

A one-pot feast that would take hours on a regular stovetop burner.

Cook bacon in pot (a.k.a. boiler) over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until brown and crisp, 5–8 minutes. Add onions and fennel and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly golden and tender, 8–10 minutes. Add wine, salt, and …


Tunisian Orange Cake

A light and fluffy gluten free orange and almond cake soaked in citrus syrup.I had a proper day off yesterday.I woke early with no imminent deadlines …


Craft sake is the latest trend brewing in U.S.

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — First came boutique wineries. Then microbreweries and craft distilleries. Now Japanese sake aficionados are hoping to transform the so-called "rice wine" into the next artisan alcohol-of-the-moment in the U.S.

Dan Ford, whose Maine-made sake is just hitting the market, has bet …


The Oyster Queen Speaks: Renee Erickson picks where to eat in Seattle this summer

Illustration & Photo: Kim Graziano/Tasting Table and Jim HenkensThere's no question that Seattle's food scene is booming. Between the fresh seafood …


Move over Prosecco, sparkling red wine back in fashion

Popularity of the Italian sparkling white wine has led to rise in people opting for little-known red varieties, supermarkets say

It was first bottled in west Germany, made a brief appearance in British shops in the Seventies and Eighties, then fizzled into obscurity.

Now sparkling red wine is back in …


So Hot Right Now: Cold Brew Coffee and Tonic Water

June 5, 2015 /

Written by Elyssa Goldberg

What’s cooler than being cool? Ice-cold coffee with a whole lot of tonic water suddenly popping up all over the U.S., that’s what. Cold brew tonic is composed of espresso or cold brew (sometimes cold brew concentrate), tonic water, and ice. Sometimes the drink …


50 Years of Wine Excellence: Oregon's Willamette Valley

Today wine is made in all 50 States, but there are still only a handful of domestic wine regions so acclaimed and reliable the public knows them by name. Starting with Napa and Sonoma, it’s a pretty short list, and one of the top spots on it belongs to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. While California …


How to Cook Fish à la Nage: Poached in a Flavorful Broth

Salmon gently cooked with summer vegetables. [Photographs: Vicky Wasik]

There are a lot of ways to prepare fish. You can broil it, fry it, grill it, sear it in a pan, or roast it. You can cure it for ceviche or gravlax, cold- or hot-smoke it, or even eat it completely raw. One of my favorites, …


7 unsung American delicacies that don't get enough credit

When you go to New York City, the first thing everyone asks is whether you've eaten a slice of pizza. When you go to Philadelphia, everyone expects you to eat a cheesesteak (or five).

But these famous foods don't deserve all the glory. Each region has some amazing runners up. There's no reason these …


Riverford recipes: Vegetables should be the stars of meals

Riverford Farm's Guy Watson believes that we should all be cooking with fresh produce, and shares some of his favourite veg-packed recipes

My four siblings and I grew up watching and helping my father farm and my mother cook and garden. Growing, preparing and sharing food was the arranging force of …

Food (UK)

16 International Breakfast Recipes

Breakfast is always lauded as the most important meal of the day, yet it's so easy to fall into a rut: a bowl of cereal and a cup of joe if you're in a hurry, pancakes if you have the time, and oatmeal when you want to feel virtuous. Don't you feel antsy just reading that litany? Let's try looking …


Forget the Shirley Temple: Mocktails are complex, delicious and all the rage

I love to visit bars for the atmosphere, the feeling of being taken care of and, of course, to order the sort of drink I wouldn’t mix at home.

Recently, however, I found myself sitting on a stool in the Toronto cocktail bar Civil Liberties with a bout of party-induced gastritis. With more than a …


Saying Farewell to the Four Seasons Restaurant in NYC

The famous Four Season Restaurant in Manhattan, open since 1959, is changing hands—and we're paying tribute to this passing star.

In 1959, the New York Times restaurant critic Craig Claiborne wrote a review for a newly-opened restaurant on East 52nd Street that started, "It is expensive and opulent,


15 Genius Ways To Use Champagne

Champagne's not just for drinking anymore. This piece originally appeared on

Next time you pop open a bottle of bubbly, don't just grab a couple of flutes and chug it down. There are just too many fabulous things you can do with that champagne! From fantastic cocktails to …

Can You Serve Canned Food at a Dinner Party? (Yes, You Can!)

As buzz builds around the finest preserved food, Tamar Adler sets herself a challenge: throw a dinner party for twelve where cooking means popping lids and pulling tabs.

“Yes, yes, yes! I love cans. All of those preserved treasures.” The speaker is the wild-haired and lovely Julia Turshen—co­author, …


The Bloody Mary and Beyond: 5 Awesome Ways to Drink Tomatoes

Thanks to tomato ace Justin Chapple, peeling tomatoes for homemade sauces (or juices!) has never been easier. So set aside that bottled tomato juice and use his smart trick when preparing your next brunch beverage. Here, 5 terrific drinks that illustrate exactly how you should be drinking summer …


State dinner wines: a lucky 8 for PM Abe?

There was a state dinner last night at the White House–the eighth for the Obamas–in honor of visiting Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. About 200 people …

Shinzo Abe

Why do formal meals include so much silverware?

At the impressionable age of 8, I was staying at a friend's house for dinner. Her mother asked us to set the table, and my friend proceeded to place …

Table Setting

Heavier cutlery makes food taste better

Eating with heavier cutlery makes food taste better, with researchers for the first time finding a direct link between the weight of eating utensils and people's enjoyment of food.

An experiment with more than 130 diners at a hotel restaurant in Edinburgh showed that simply using high-quality …


8 Authentic Italian Dishes You May Never Have Heard Of

Each week, Italian local Emiko Davies takes on a grand tour of Italy, showing us how to make classic, fiercely regional dishes at home.

Most of us are familiar with Italian food heavy-hitters. We know and love caprese salad, risotto, and spaghetti carbonara. But there's a whole word of regional dishes …

Italian Food

These are the 15 best tequilas in the world

Tequila is the Champagne of Mexico.

Seriously, Mexican law actually states that no liquor can be labeled tequila unless it comes from the western state of Jalisco (or select districts of other Mexican states).

And, like sparkling wines, tequilas come in all varieties and price ranges.

In honor of …


At the world's best bar, a great cocktail meets an old-fashioned motif

Everyone might not know your name at this bar, but cocktail fans around the world certainly know the bar's name — or will soon.

The Dead Rabbit, an Irish pub in Manhattan's Financial District, was named the World's Best Bar at the 9th annual Spirited Awards — which is kind of like the Oscars for …