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Best books for summer 2015: what to read

We asked novelists and historians to tell us which new book and which classic they’re packing this year. From Ishiguro to Napoleon, here are their selections:<p><b>Alan Johnson</b> <br>A new Kazuo Ishiguro novel is always worth waiting for, which is just as well because The Buried Giant (Faber) is his first in a …

Books

These Are the Saddest Amtrak Stations in America

Some of the nation’s train stations don’t make a great impression. That won’t change until Congress truly funds passenger rail.<p>Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got.<p>Where nobody’s waiting for a train. Seriously, no one. Welp. Time for a drink.<p>Train stations in America span …

12 Must-Eat Breakfast Sandwiches Across America

More<p>Breakfast<p>Everything you need to make the most important meal of the day delicious.<p>Quick! You've just woken up. You regret having a salad for dinner. Maybe you're a little hungover. You're <i>hungry</i>. So what are you craving?<p>If you're like us, it's probably a breakfast sandwich of some sort. An egg …

You May Be Getting More Sleep Than You Think

Overactive brains can lead people, even those with insomnia, to underestimate how much they’re sleeping<p>By<p>Andrea Petersen<p>Andrea Petersen<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@andreaapetersen<p>Have you ever had nights when you feel like you barely slept, only to hear from your partner in the morning that you …

Sleep

How Quickly Are You Growing Old?

Measuring the pace of biological aging in young people could someday help prevent age-related diseases<p>Feel like you’re 40 years old going on 60? Or maybe, 40 going on 21?<p>Age may be just a number, but medical experts increasingly are saying it might not always be the right number to gauge your …

Aging

The Ultimate Bucket-List Travel Guide

The world’s top chefs, authors, actors and other globe-trotters—from Anne Rice to Ruth Reichl—share the places they’re dying to see before they die. Take note, then take off. Bon voyage!<p>By<p>Lauren Lipton<p><b>ROBIN ESROCK,</b> whose book “The Great Global Bucket List” will be published next year, has traveled …

Bucket Lists

20 Places Every American Should See Before They Die

From sea to shining sea.<p>Looking for an epic summer road trip idea? Whether you crave culture and history, spectacular natural landscapes, or serious adventure, look to these national parks and small towns.

The Fascinating Histories Behind 9 of Your Favorite Foods

The “pye”—as it used to be spelled—is a venerable dish, which can be traced all the way back to ancient Greece and Rome. But those pastry-based …

Food

Here are the world's most popular #TBT songs of all time

You all like R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix)" way, way too much.<p>On Thursday, Spotify revealed a hundred of the world’s most popular throwback Thursday …

21 Picasso Tattoos Everyone Will Fall In Love With

Abso-stractly beautiful.

10 Daily Routines For Honing Your Creativity

If your daily routine doesn’t get your creative juices flowing, consider adapting these habits of famously creative thinkers.<p>Creativity can be as elusive as it is rewarding. Inspiration usually lies just beyond the intellect’s reach, sparking our best work and sneaking away when we need it …

Creativity

11 Pixar Short Films That Are Guaranteed To Brighten Up Your Day

All the emotion of Toy Story or Wall-E, but in just a few minutes.

16 mind-blowing nature and science documentaries you can watch on Netflix

There are only so many times you can re-watch <i>Bob’s Burgers</i> before you feel your brain start to ooze out your ears.<p>Thankfully, Netflix has an …

7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in August 2015 (And the Best Episodes of Each)

1. “Narcos” (available August 28)<p><b><br>Why Should I Watch It?</b> “Narcos” may have less big name talent attached than recent Netflix releases (I’m looking …

5 Links to Read Before Making Ice Cream

<i>Each week, we’ll be sharing a comprehensive list of links to help you master something new in the kitchen. Culinary greatness, here you come.</i><p><i>Today: Keep your cool all summer long with homemade ice cream.</i><p>July is National Ice Cream Month, which is a good excuse to eat ice cream for a full 31 days. …

The 15 Most Common Counterfeit Foods—and How to Identify Them

From olive oil to honey to cinnamon, caviar to milk, a guide to the most commonly counterfeited foods<p>We are generally trusting eaters. A server brings a dish: It must be what the menu says. But labels can lie, and when it comes down to it, can you really tell the difference between one whity flaky …

Monterey Bay Aquarium

20 Essential Kitchen Hacks

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: Put away your appliances -- today, we're hacking everything.</i><p>Some days are meant for lingering in the kitchen -- for tempering chocolate on a marble slab …

Kitchens

Top 10 Food Infographics to Hang in Your Kitchen or Save to Your Phone

Sometimes, a chart or infographic is the best way to communicate complex topics—like what the different types of cuts of beef are (and how to cook …

Kitchens

6 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Roasting Vegetables

We share how to roast vegetables to perfection with 6 tips from our test kitchen<p>Roasting vegetables seems easy enough, right? Just chop 'em up, put 'em on a sheet pan, and throw them in the oven. Basically, yes. But there are some specific things you should keep in mind to get crispy-yet-tender …

Vegetables

16 Shades of Sweet: A Sweet Potato Guide

Know your spuds before you turn them into delicious sweet potato recipes<p>Sweet potatoes are incredibly versatile, but before you can use them in all …

Ultra-Crispy Roast Potatoes Recipe

These potatoes are parboiled, then tossed roughly in a bowl with a metal spoon until their surfaces are roughed and scratched up. All those microscopic nooks and crannies make for an extra-crunchy exterior.<p>Read the Whole Story<p>Ingredients4 1/2 pounds (2kg) russet potatoes (see note), rinsed, peeled …

Brown Sugar Apple Upside Down Cake with Apple Cider Caramel and Spiced Walnuts Recipe on Food52

Cooking is more fun with friends.<p>Find your friends who are already on Food52, and invite others who aren't to join.<p>Join Our Community<p>Follow amazing home cooks. Collect recipes and articles. Get inspired.<p><b>Author Notes:</b> I love upside down cakes because they are beautiful and rustic at the same time. …

Know Your Seafood

SAVEUR<p>https://www.saveur.com/article/guides/know-your-seafood<p>article<p>From SAVEUR Issue 164 When buying seafood, talk to your fishmonger, says David …

The Secret to Extra-Crispy Herb-Roasted New Potatoes: More Than a Pinch of Salt

"Kenji, why don't you ever make those salt-crusted potatoes we have back home for me?" my wife, Adri, said to me the other day as we were driving home from an afternoon at the beach. As the husband of a Colombian woman, I've come to learn a couple things about their culture. Namely, when it comes …

The Serious Eats Guide to Sugar

Some people get their kicks from an algebraic formula, some like theories of perpetual motion, and others get all jazzed about the periodic table. I am not, nor have I ever been, any of these people. Science and math were filed away in a back cabinet of my brain somewhere, sometime after high …

What's streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and others in August

<b>(CNN) —</b> How is it already almost the end of summer?<p>While time continues to fly, enjoy some of the new streaming offerings in August.<p>Netflix<p>"Reading Rainbow" Volume 1<p>"Asylum"<p>"Enemy at the Gates"<p>"The Look of Love"<p>"Club de Cuervos" season 1<p>"For a Good Time, Call"<p>"Girl Meets World" season …

Entertainment

5 Simple Body Hacks to Avoid Jet Lag

<i>By: Joe McGauley</i><p>It's easy to get pumped about traveling abroad, but if you've ever been punished with a crippling case of jet lag, you know the struggle to reboot your body clock in unfamiliar territory is very real.<p>Fortunately, these simple body hacks can help you curb and prevent the pains of …

Hacking