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How Creativity Works: Neil Gaiman on Where Ideas Come From

Beneath the eternal question of what creativity is lies the mystery of where good ideas come from and how we can coax them into manifesting. It’s a conundrum that has occupied artists, inventors, and philosophers alike since the dawn of human thought, but especially so since the dawn of psychology. …

McDonald's Killed Burger King's McWhopper, so We Made it Ourselves

Burger King's marketing team has always been better than its culinary team, and their latest publicity stunt (and let's be clear, this is <i>definitely</i> a publicity stunt) is one of the best I've ever seen. Their proposal? That on September 21st, World Peace Day, Burger King and arch-rival McDonald's …

The Food Lab: 11 Essential Tips for Better Pizza

Making pizza is a year-round activity for me, whether it's a No-knead, no-stretch pan pizza in the winter, a grilled pizza party in the summer, or a Neapolitan pie baked in my Baking Steel/Kettle Pizza kit.<p>Pizza can be as simple or as difficult as you'd like it to be, but here are 11 good, …

The Food Lab: The Best Korean Fried Chicken

More<p>Fried Chicken<p>Digging into the cluckin' awesome world of our favorite fried food.<p>You could say we have a thing for fried chicken in our household. My wife recently ran in her first 5k race (and came in 8th in her class!). The only thing she asked me for to celebrate with? Not Champagne, not a …

The Food Lab: Four Secrets to Improving Any Fried Chicken Recipe

Really great Southern fried chicken needs two things: juicy, flavorful meat and an ultra-crisp and crunchy crust. Here are four quick and easy ways to achieve both. The best part? These tricks will work for <i>any</i> Southern fried chicken recipe you've got, whether it's the old family standard, a fried …

Zucchini Is a Terrible Pizza Topping! (Unless You Treat It Right)

I love good summer zucchini, but let's face it: It's not the most exciting vegetable in the world. In fact, it's one of the blandest. That's why, whether I'm sautéeing it or grilling it, I always try to hit it with as much heat as possible. There's just no other way to give it a nice, browned …

From Southern Tradition to Mechanical Marvel: How Fried Chicken Lost its Bones

More<p>Fried Chicken<p>Digging into the cluckin' awesome world of our favorite fried food.<p>If you were to draw a fried chicken family tree, the McNugget wouldn't appear until one of the outermost layers of leaves. Along the way you'd pencil in World War II, something called the Russian Wheat Deal, and a …

The Best Fried Chicken on the Planet: An Opinionated World Tour

More<p>Fried Chicken<p>Digging into the cluckin' awesome world of our favorite fried food.<p>I don't know anyone who loves fried chicken as much as my wife. It's her greatest weakness. She'd rat her own mother out for a good buffalo wing. It's one of the three foods that has prevented her from going full-on …

The Elements of Barbecue: There's the Rub

[Photographs: Josh Bousel]<p>Doug Worgul of Oklahoma Joe's Bar-B-Que in Kansas City, Kansas, will happily rattle off the ingredients for the restaurant's dry rub. "Salt, sugar, pepper, garlic and onion powders," he says. "Paprika—lots of that—and a little bit of celery salt." What he won't reveal is …

The Elements of Barbecue: The Case of Sauce

If there's any one thing that distinguishes the barbecue style of one region from another, it's the sauce that's used to finish the meat. It's also the single element that barbecue fans argue most passionately about—what ingredients should go in it, whether it should be poured over the meat while …

Since When Did the Phrase 'Special Sauce' Stop Being About the Sauce?

Remember the good old days when "special sauce" meant, um, sauce? These days, it's a buzzword for businesses, newspapers, and companies—just take a look at this sampling of seriously random examples for proof.<p>It will surprise exactly no one to know that, here at <i>BA</i>, we've got food on the brain …

Cooking

Kenji's Excellent Asian Adventures, Part 2: Do Indoor Voices Exist in China?

Last year I took a three-month trip through China and Southeast Asia, keeping an on-again off-again diary for the whole trip. This is the second part of my Excellent Asian Adventures.<p>Day 4: Do Indoor Voices Exist?<p><b>Location: on the wrong side of the road between Beijing and Gubeikou, China</b><p><i>Please let</i> …

Kenji's Excellent Asian Adventures, Part 1: Beijing-Bound

Almost exactly a year ago today, after three and a half decades of East Coast life, my wife Adri and I packed up our New York apartment, shipped it off to the netherworld of long term storage, drove across the country, shaved my head, bought some big ol' backpacks, and hopped on a plane to China, …

The Food Lab's Definitive Guide to Grilled Steak

Summer's here and I've got a brand new backyard to grill in so now seems like as good a time as any to re-examine some of the things we know (or think we know) about grilling beef. Sure, we can all agree on what our goal is: A <b>perfect steak should have a crusty, crunchy, well-browned exterior</b> …

Neil Gaiman - Inspirational Commencement Speech at the University of the Arts 2012

The art of meaningful conversation

You talk to people everyday. But do you really feel like you’re communicating? These talks will help you go beyond small talk.

Gingerbread typewriter (Or: What this novelist put a lot of hours into instead of writing novels)

I always make a gingerbread house for Christmas, and I never do it the easy way. But this year was special even for me. I have now released four …

The Best of TED 2014: Lessons for Your Next Presentation

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The famous TED conference celebrated its 30th anniversary in March with its usual schedule of famous and not-so-famous speakers who delivered the presentation of their lives in 18 minutes or less.<p>Here are examples from five of the best …

The Food Lab: How to Make Creamy Vegetable Soups Without a Recipe

When I was a totally green cook with my first serious restaurant job, working under Chef Jason Bond at what's now a landmark Boston restaurant, No. 9 Park, there were many moments when I learned a new technique or perfected an old one and said to myself, "holy crap, I just made this?" But the very …

Communicate Emotions in Person and Facts in Email

Certain types of information call for certain types of information delivery. You can avoid most communication issues by delivering emotional …

Personal Branding Case Study – Garr Reynolds

Seven Part Personal Branding Series:<p>There are four aspects which work together to form any brand image. They are: <b>niche, differentiation, branding and</b> …

Graphic Design

7 länkar du inte borde missa – Matinspiration 31 2014

Whiskyglas till öl, Old Fashioned med jordnötssmak och världens godast kyckling är några av länkarna du inte får missa i veckans Matinspiration 31 …

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Ask a Cicerone: How Can I Improve My Homebrewing?

More<p>BEER!<p>We love it. And you've voted. See which is the best American beer city.<p>It seems like everyone's experimenting with making beer at home these days—but you want to make sure your results taste more like your favorite beers, and less like, well, science experiments. We asked eight Certified …

The Messy History of Ramen

Before he began his lecture on Monday night, assistant history professor at New York University, George Solt, had a few disclaimers. “I don’t know …

Data Doesn’t Speak for Itself

I trained as a statistician and first joined Bell Labs in the network performance group. A year or two after I started, it was time for my first big presentation at AT&T Headquarters. I completed my prep well in advance and rehearsed carefully. Then I was off to the big meeting.<p>It could not have …

Matthew Weiner On Advertising, Social Media, And The Eternal Nature of Storytelling

As Mad Men Season 7 approaches, its creator reflects on the loneliness of social media, the power of drama on a small scale, and the timeless themes of identity that unite Draper and Co. and all of us.<p>The end is nigh.<p>Sunday night marks the start of the final season of <i>Mad Men</i>, which will play out in …

TV

The Quick and Dirty on Data Visualization

Displaying data can be a tricky proposition, because different rules apply in different contexts. A sales director presenting financial projections to a group of field reps wouldn’t visualize her data the same way that a design consultant would in a written proposal to a potential client.<p>So how do …