Gwyneth Howden Lunceford

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The Best Books of 2013, Part 2

<i>We asked some of our contributors for their favorite books they read this year. (Most listed new books, but a few picked older favorites.) The first installment was published last week.</i><p>Teju Cole:<p>The most startling book I read this year was Sonali Deraniyagala’s “<b>Wave</b>,” a personal account of the …

Introducing The New Yorker’s Poetry Podcast

I can’t be but thrilled at the prospect of the first of a series of <i>New Yorker</i> Poetry Podcasts. For decades, <i>The</i> <i>New Yorker</i> has led the field of poetry in print journalism. But the eye is not the only buyer into, and beneficiary of, the poem. The ear has been in the poetry business for much longer, …

The Top 10 Films Of 2013: Richard Lawson’s List

This was an odd year for movies. As expected, winter and spring offered a few forgettable blockbusters (<i>Olympus Has Fallen</i>, <i>Oblivion</i>). But then the big summer fare came along and disappointed nearly en masse (<i>Elysium</i>, <i>Man of Steel</i>), while a sizable handful of indies, like <i>Fruitvale Station</i> and <i>The</i> …

The Top 10 Films of 2013: Katey Rich’s List

As breathlessly discussed by critics for months now, 2013 has been a banner year for American filmmaking. It’s a lucky year indeed when the box office top 10 includes two pretty good sequels (<i>Iron Man 3</i>, <i>The Hunger Games: Catching Fire</i>), one unlikely success (<i>World War Z</i>), and one genuinely great …

24 Delicious Food Gifts That Will Make Everyone Love You

Should you want to make everyone think you're the best friend/student/cousin/co-worker in the world this holiday season, it's easy (and budget friendly): Give the gift of noms.<p>Photographs by Macey Foronda<p>Labels by Chris Ritter

31 Clever Tech Gifts You Might Want To Keep For Yourself

Get out of that Black Friday line. The best tech gifts are all available online.

The Best Sketch From The Best ‘SNL’ Of The Season Was A Tribute To A Classic 1980s Song

11.24.13 4 years ago 30 Comments<p>Due to infuriating copyright issues, the best sketch from last night’s surprisingly not-awful Josh Hutcherson-hosted <i>SNL</i> isn’t available on Hulu, but you can watch it below, especially if you love a) the 1980s, b) the Outfield’s “Your Love,” or c) all of the above. …

The 33 GIF(t)s Birthday Boy Ryan Gosling Has Given The World

How nice of Ryan Gosling: today’s his 33rd birthday, but in typical Baby Goose fashion, he can only think of you. Yes, you. He doesn’t need cake or a party; he just wants to make you happy. “Hey girl, I know you set up that reservation at Hooter’s for me, party of boob, but let’s go to your …

We Went Ahead and Wrote the Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill Musical

One of the biggest albums of the ’90s alt-rock scene, Alanis Morissette’s <i>Jagged Little Pill</i>, is coming to the Broadway stage.<p>In the latest sign that …

11 Unusual Drinks That Will Up Your Cocktail Game

Because there's more out there than just rum and coke.<p>Be warned: you might have to repeat your order to a (kind of annoyed) bartender a few times, but it's totally worth it.

The most beautiful places on Earth – in pictures

As Lonely Planet turns 40 this year, the publisher has picked the most magnificent sights across the globe to be included in a new book entitled Beautiful World, which contains more than 200 images and aims to inspire readers to see the world as they have never seen it before

24 Reasons Why P!nk Is The Role Model Every Girl Should Have

The singer proves it is okay to not be okay, to be yourself and to lift weights.

Watch These 13 Amazing Documentaries On Netflix Instant And Abandon All Hope Of Productivity

By Ted Pillow,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1aPdssL<p>1. Man on Wire<p>I avoided Man on Wire for a few years – something about an Oscar-winning …

Roasted Mushroom and Gouda Grilled-Cheese Sandwiches

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush mushrooms with vinaigrette, place on baking sheet, and bake 15 minutes, turning once. Slice into 1/4-inch-thick …

Everyday Pad Thai | Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Serves 4 <br>Total time: 30 minutes || Active time: 30 minutes<p><i>Photo by Vanessa Rees</i><p>Here it is: the quintessential sweet and sour Thai noodle. Also, the …

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cakes with Apple-Pecan Compote Recipe

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. My family has endured multiple dentist and doctor appointments, a teen sleepover/surprise birthday party (not for …

Winter Vegetable Medley with Paella-Style Orzo

1.5K<p>SHARES<p>Good-quality saffron is the key to this dish. Shop at a reliable source such as a gourmet store or online spice purveyor, and choose brands …

Spinach, Peppers, and Cherry Tomatoes with Penne Rigate

5.5K<p>SHARES<p>Fresh cherry tomatoes and spinach add bright color, flavor, and body to this Mediterranean-style dish.<p>4Servings<p>Ingredients<p>2 1/2 cups penne …

Parsnip Pear Soup

463<p>SHARES<p>Slightly sweet with a hint of spice, this velvety soup highlights the delicate flavor of parsnips. For best results, use soft, ripe …

Caramelized Shallot Gravy

This savory sauce tastes like Thanksgiving because the long simmer time concentrates the classic fall flavors of onions, celery, mushrooms, and …

White Bean and Kale Soup

104<p>SHARES<p>"My soup was inspired by the seasonal ingredients available at the farmers' market in Boulder, Colorado," explains Amanda Mauser, a 14-year …

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Honeyed Sweet Potatoes

21<p>SHARES<p>Sweet potatoes and apples get baked with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of cinnamon, then puréed to a creamy …

Maple-Glazed Carrots

A marmalade glaze brings out the natural sweetness of carrots in this fat-free side dish. <i>...read more</i><p>As these sweet potatoes cook, a blend of maple …

Chocolate Espresso Oatmeal Cookies

26<p>SHARES<p>Take chocolate chip cookies to the next level with this espresso-spiked dough that's laced with chewy oats.<p>48Servings<p>Ingredients<p>3/4 cup …

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

30 Minutes or less“I like to experiment with cooking,” says contest winner Kayla Capper. “I came up with the idea for these dessert wontons as a way …

Sweet Potato and Corn Chili Pasta

Related Recipes<p>This zesty pasta dish is a summer favorite. <i>...read more</i><p>30 Minutes or lessThis unusual chili uses both black soybeans and finely …

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Pear and Port Gravy

The sweet, subtle flavor of shallots makes them great for flavoring sauces and gravies. <i>...read more</i><p>This silky-textured gravy is rich in flavor and …

The Best Veg Substitutes for Bacon

1.1K<p>SHARES<p><b>VT reader Richard asks:</b> "I am switching to a vegetarian lifestyle, but I still on occasion crave meat. Just wondering if you had a good …

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Should Mental Health Be a Primary-Care Doctor’s Job?

Patients occasionally ask me if I’ll be the doctor who’ll take out a gallbladder or deliver a baby. I tell them, “You deserve better.” I’m a primary-care internist, and my expertise is broader than it is deep. I manage high blood pressure and cholesterol but refer people with heart attacks to …