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The Serious Eats Guide to Food Photography

Taking great photographs of food is a hard-earned skill—after all, that's why some people are lucky enough to get paid for it. But it's also a lot easier to hone these days, no matter who you are; even a smartphone can yield gorgeous, high-quality images.<p>Sure, professional cameras and …

Shutter Speed

12 Little Known Laws of Mindfulness (That Will Change Your Life)

<i>“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”<br>– Carl Jung</i>Mindfulness as a …

Food: The Newest Celebrity

Steak and pasta and salads aren't just sources of nutrition; they're also objects of wonderment, curiosity, and fantasy.<p>This week, <i>The New York Times</i> published an ode to the bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich. The staple of city breakfasts, though “designed to satisfy practical needs rather than …

Top Chef

11 Life Hacks For The Emotionally Struggling 20-Something

By Brianna Wiest,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/16bPGo2<p>Everybody I know is either in or needs to be in therapy. The common theme among them is that …

9 Ways to Tell if You Are Living Someone Else's Life

Long ago my wife came up to me while I was watching a three-hour Cubs game and asked a simple question? "Why do you watch other people live their lives instead of living yours?" That insight from my brilliant wife hit me like a ton of bricks. Why was I investing so much of my own time watching from …

Men’s Health Responds to Concerns from the Chicken Industry

Well, we seem to have ruffled some feathers...<p>Earlier this month, we published a story about the scary state of chicken. Many of the findings seemed to have ruffled the feathers of the National Chicken Council. Tom Super, the Council's Vice President of Communications, sent us a letter with his …

7 Morning Rituals That Will Change Your Life

'60 Minutes' Explores The Rise Of Mindfulness, From Google To Congress

While the world is getting more and more technologically connected, a lot of people seem to be feeling more mentally disconnected—from others, and from themselves.<p>“I’m on mobile devices all day long,” said Anderson Cooper on tonight’s <i>60 Minutes</i> (which you can watch here). “I feel like I could go …

The Best Book I Read This Year

Staff selections from a year of reading<p><i>The Atlantic</i>'s editors and writers share their favorite titles—new, classic, or somewhere in between—from a year of reading.

Why You May Be a Racist (Even Though You Don't Feel Like One)

I don’t understand. I just don’t.<p>I’ve watched the Eric Garner tape for what seems like the hundredth time, and I don’t understand how we not only tolerate, but go to great lengths to make excuses for, a system that disproportionately kills young black men. I saw the tape. And while I realize that …

32 Game-Changing Quotes About Love And Life That Will Make You Feel Better, Instantly

I don’t care about whose DNA has recombined with whose. When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching they are your …

4 Things You Must Know When Dealing With Your Haters | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Or dealing with your critics, trolls, enemies etc.<p>Recently I wrote an article which went viral on a local website I freelance for. It’s about me and …

6 Awesome Zen Stories That Will Teach You Important Life Lessons

34 Crucial Tips For Your Next Job Interview

Maybe you’re an expert when it comes to job interviews and maybe you can waltz through the door, confident in your ability to acquire a position. But …

Why We Should Look Forward to More of Each Day

<b>“Use your smile to change the world; don’t let the world change your smile.” ~Unknown</b><p>For most of us the average day includes a mix of things we both …

What 5 Counterintuitive Things Can Help You Make Better Choices?

You love having lots of choices.<p>But having more choices isn’t always a good thing — ever see so many good options that you end up picking… …

Happiness

Nobelist Muhammad Yunus: Be A Go-Getter, Not A Job Getter

Muhammad Yunus, the founding father of "microcredit" and the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, is in New York City this week to take part in the annual Clinton Global Initiative meetings.<p>Yunus, a Bangladeshi and founder of the Grameen Bank, which makes loans to people too poor to offer collateral in …

China, the Climate and the Fate of the Planet

As the sun rises in mid-july over andrews Air Force Base near Washington, D.C., Secretary of State John Kerry climbs quickly – he’s positively …

Climate

How to Tell a Great Story

We tell stories to our coworkers and peers all the time — to persuade someone to support our project, to explain to an employee how he might improve, or to inspire a team that is facing challenges. It’s an essential skill, but what makes a compelling story in a business context? And how can you …

The Evolution of Diet

Top row: escargots, sardines, and fava beans (Crete); naan in salty yak-milk tea (Afghanistan); fried geranium leaves (Crete); boiled crab (Malaysia); raw beetroot and oranges (Crete); chapati, yak butter, and rock salt (Pakistan). Middle row: dried-apricot soup (Pakistan); boiled plantains …

6 Things the Most Productive People Do Every Day

Ever feel like you’re just not getting enough done?<p><b>Know how many days per week you’re actually productive?</b><p><b>About 3:</b><p>People work an average of 45 hours …

Time Management

25 Cocktails Everyone Should Know

We who like to mix drinks at home do it for many reasons: First, it's cheaper than drinking out. Second, it's fun to mix your own drinks at home. Third, it's even more fun to mix drinks for other people at home. Any self-respecting home bartender should have a mental<p>RolodexExcel spreadsheet of …

Sugar: the evolution of a forbidden fruit

Sweetness was meant to be irresistible.<p>We are born with a sweet tooth. Babies drink in sugar with their mother’s milk. Sweetness represents an instant energy boost, a fuel that kept our ancestors going in a harsher world where taste buds evolved to distinguish health-giving ripeness and freshness …

Everything Changed When I Started Meditating Every Day

Until I set out to meditate every day for a month, my personal mantra came from a greeting card. I bought it without the envelope because I never planned on giving it to anyone. It read: "Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end."<p>The card has sat on various surfaces in …

Online on Vacation

<b>An Anthropologist Reflects on our Inability to Unplug</b><p>My past week in Belize -- traveling with a small tribe of colleagues in the travel industry -- was a revelation in the ways electronics have wormed their way into the way we travel. Everyone's electronic devices were within easy reach the entire …

Hooked on Acid: Has the American Palate Changed Forever?

Food

Hot Hawaiian Burgers (Spam, Pineapple, Swiss, and Sriracha Mayo) Recipe

It's time to board a small charter flight to Polynesia, the land of Spam and pineapples. Why Spam and pineapple? Because it's a delicious combo that hits the rich/fresh/sweet flavors and the crisp/moist textures. Who wouldn't want that on a burger? Add a couple of slices of Swiss cheese along with …

9 In-Your-Face Deviled Egg Variations

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>More<p>Eggs<p>Buying tips, techniques, and recipes, no matter how you like them.<p>Things I can make an entire meal out of:<p>Diet Pepsi and salt and vinegar potato chips.• <i><br>Furikake</i> eaten straight out of the jar.<br>• Deviled eggs.<br>• Sazeracs and empty bar stools.<p>It's that third I'd …