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How the Best Chefs in the Country Cook Their Thanksgiving Turkey

Need some turkey day inspiration? Here's how the #BAhot10 chefs cook their Thanksgiving birds.<p>This Thanksgiving, you could pull out the same old turkey recipe your family has been making for years (decades! millennia!). Or you could take cues from some of the best chefs in the country and treat the …

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An Extraordinary Scholar Redefined Islam

My friend Shahab Ahmed, who died Thursday night at 48, was the most brilliant and creative scholar of Islam in his generation. Master of perhaps 15 …

The 20 best Spanish recipes: part 2

Omar Allibhoy José Pizarro, Claudia Roden, David Eyre, Colman Andrews

Stephen Colbert to Grads: You Are Your Own Professor Now

Good morning. Oh, what a day. What a lovely day. It’s a pleasure to be addressing the Wake Forest graduating Class of 2015. I want to start by …

Ten Dallas Restaurants You Should Be Eating at Right Now: Fall 2014 Edition

Catherine Downes<p><b>Gemma</b> This little Henderson Avenue gem is still going strong, and now that it's fall the oysters they serve so proudly will really …

A guide to Middle East politics in 2014

It’s complicated – and extremely violent – in the Middle East these days. Iraq is in a state of war again after Sunni jihadis conquered swaths of territory. US troops – though now only “advisers” – are back in Shia-ruled Baghdad. In Syria, next door, the conflict rages on – bleeding into Iraq …

There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

• Different kids with different levels of preparation come into a math class. Some of these kids have parents who have drilled them on math from a young age, while others never had that kind of parental input.<br>• On the first few tests, the well-prepared kids get perfect scores, while the unprepared kids …

Thomas Jefferson’s Quran: How Islam Shaped the Founders

One of the nastiest aspects of modern culture wars is the controversy raging over the place of Islam and Muslims in Western society. Too many …

30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

The 100 best novels: an introduction

If lists are a guilty pleasure, then book lists are a sinful addiction. That's an observation for which the <i>Observer</i> can adduce empirical evidence.<p>Ten years ago, on 12 October 2003, in a headline-grabbing stunt, writing as literary editor, I compiled (with a lot of help from colleagues) a list, …

14 Ways To Get More Out Of Evernote, One Of the Best Productivity Apps

If you're a power user, it might be a good idea to consider Evernote's Premium subscription. Evernote Premium costs $5 per month or $45 per year. You get a ton of extra features like 1GB of upload space and offline access.<p>Whether you're a regular user or premium user if you use Evernote the …

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Enrollment in Harvard's Intro to Computer Sci Rose 580% in Last Decade

It's now almost as popular as the student-favorite introductory economics course.<p>“Introduction to Economics” has long been one of the most popular courses among Harvard undergraduates. Now it has more competition. In the last two years, “Introduction to Computer Science” has caught right up as …

A Map Of America's Future: Where Growth Will Be Over The Next Decade

The world’s biggest and most dynamic economy derives its strength and resilience from its geographic diversity. Economically, at least, America is not a single country. It is a collection of seven nations and three quasi-independent city-states, each with its own tastes, proclivities, resources and …

These 11 Colleges Just Hit The Jackpot In Obama's New Education Plan

President Obama is touring the country promoting his new proposal for paying for college.<p>The Department of Education is planning to develop a rating system for colleges that will help decide which students will receive additional aid from the government.<p>Students attending the higher-ranked schools …

Crazy Rich Asians presents a whole new wave of stereotypes

When I was growing up, there were only a handful of stock media representations of Asians, my ethnic group. The Pearl Cream commercial lady. Mr Miyagi from The Karate Kid offering up laconic "Confucius say" platitudes, which read like slips from fortune cookies. Bruce Lee – who admittedly had …

How To Disappear When Someone's Spying On You

Whenever your cellphone is on, "They" know where you are, and I mean all the Theys — the spooks, the merchants, the drone pilots, the private detectives, probably even the Chinese. If you want your privacy, says artist/designer Adam Harvey, you can go to the back of your phone, pry out the battery …