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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 …

Gumbo

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 …

Whiskey

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 …

Soup

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 …

Food

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 …

Liqueur

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 …

Wine

Rashmi Uday Singh (@rashmiudaysingh)

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: …

Recipes

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 …

Food

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

Foie Gras

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 …

Food

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 & …

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 …

Wine

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 …

Recipes

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 …

Food

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 …

Genetics

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, …

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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. …

Anthony Bourdain

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 …

Wine

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 …

Recipes

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 …

Cake

25+ Of The Coolest Kitchen Gadgets For Food Lovers

“If you can’t take the heat, then get out of the kitchen” – these creative kitchen gifts are perfect for those of us who slave away in these hottest …

Food

Daniel Boulud: The Chef's Chef - Bon Appétit

Just a few hours earlier, I had met Boulud at the Venetian hotel and casino, where the 59-year-old New York–based megachef was set to open the first of three restaurants in as many months. Now we were driving to Hollywood for a few days of shooting one of the iterations of Top Chef. Moments before …

Restaurant

Cal Peternell’s Essential Tools for Your First Kitchen (& Every Kitchen Thereafter)

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.

Today: Cal Peternell, the chef at Alice Waters’s

Cooking

4 Ways to Eat More and Still Lose Weight

No need to go hungry even if you're on a diet

I love to eat. And I’m lucky: As a food editor, it’s my job. So I always wonder about weight-loss advice that says to eat less and move more.

Be more active: Sure, that’s always good. But eat less? Hmm. I have a hard time wrapping my head around the idea. …

Food

Abandoned sailboat transformed into floating pizzeria

Boat and pizza lovers Sasha and Tara Bouis have transformed an abandoned aluminum sailboat into a floating pizzeria. Dubbed "Pizza Pi," the …

Pizza

Starbucks's New Drink, The Flat White, Is Made Of Hot Marketing And Foam

It comes from Australia (maybe). Hipsters like it. No one really knows what it is. On the mysterious trail of the latest must-sip beverage.

The first time I order a flat white, I have no idea what I've just asked for.

Starbucks has already given me the vocabulary for the drink with advertising in its …

Starbucks

When should you decant a wine?

Disgraced US President Richard Nixon's list of crimes even extended to fraudulent decanting. But when should you decant – if at all?

White House entertaining budgets didn’t always stretch to the fine clarets preferred by Richard Nixon. No problem. Tricky as ever, the President simply performed the …

Wine

How to Cure Salmon in 30 Minutes

Chef Tom Douglas of Seattle’s Hot Stove Society uses an almost­ instant take on gravlax to show off the amazing local salmon. Here, his step-by-step guide for quick-curing salmon.

1. Skin the Salmon
Holding down the skin, slide a sharp knife between the skin and the fillet.

2. Cure the Fish
Sprinkle …

Salmon