Food Journalism

By Mo Krochmal | Discovering great digital journalism about food, agriculture, and culture.

Potatoes 101: All You Need to Know About Common Spuds

Potatoes are so embedded in North American culinary culture that it's funny to realize they weren't even cultivated here until the 19th century. They're native to the Andean mountains in South America, where Spanish explorers first encountered them in the 16th century and then brought them back to …

Potatoes

GREENBERG Smoked Turkey

Map: Every State's Most Distinct Thanksgiving Recipe

Thanksgiving Dinner

The world's best food porn is on China’s state TV

A stack of food magazines is sitting on my kitchen counter, menacing me with 20 different ways to brine, baste, roast, braise, and stuff a turkey; dozens of recipes for holiday cookies; and a raft of aspirational cocktail ideas. Instagram informed me this morning that my breakfast wasn’t pretty …

David Attenborough

José Andrés Fed Puerto Rico, and May Change How Aid Is Given

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — José Andrés was walking along a dark street in a stained T-shirt and a ball cap, trying to decompress after another day of feeding an island that has been largely without electricity since Hurricane Maria hit a month ago.<p>He’d gone barely half a block before two women ran …

Puerto Rico

The Absolute Best Bagel in New York

<i>We’re going on 50-plus years of lamentations that the glory days of bagels are behind us, but tell that to the bakers who still hand-roll,</i> …

New York City

The Other Side of Brain Drain

Cities are rightfully concerned about losing well-educated residents and high-paying jobs. But sometimes, they come back.<p>I was sitting at home in New York City reading my <i>Wall Street Journal</i> when I came across an article about Terra Botanical Gin, a high-end boutique libation from a company called …

Cities

What Le Cirque Will Be Remembered For

After forty-two years, three homes, uncountable chefs, one Nazi-related Yelp scandal, and a dozen <i>Times</i> reviews (one of them arguably the most iconic work of restaurant criticism in history), the Upper East Side gastronomic institution Le Cirque has announced that it will be closing its doors after …

Restaurants

Blackout Cake

According to legend (a.k.a. the Internet), this decadent chocolate cake was first created by Ebinger’s bakery in Brooklyn, New York, and named after the blackout drills during World War II. To re-create it, we learned that patience is key: giving all the separate components time to chill yielded …

Baking

America's Best Hot Dogs

Whether you prefer an all-American ballpark classic or Latin-Asian inspired flavors, these amazing hot dogs prove that our favorite summer snack goes …

How to Roast a Chicken: The Ultimate Recipe, Tips, and More

People tend to be intimidated by roast chicken. They think it's easy to overcook, or to have inconsistencies between dry white meat and under-done dark meat. They're afraid the skin will turn out flabby instead of crisped and brown. But here's the honest to goodness truth: Whether it's Wednesday or …

Chicken Recipes

Buffalo, N.Y.'s famous beef on weck sandwich

<b>The scene:</b> Buffalo, N.Y.’s most famous local specialty is undoubtedly the hot wing, which spread from here to almost every corner of the globe. But locals have another heartfelt favorite that hasn’t made it as far, though it is certainly deserving of admiration: the "beef on weck" sandwich.<p>While no …

Restaurants

Retro Cocktail Party

Party Checklist<p>Lowball glasses<br>• Champagne glasses<br>• Garnishes: green olives, pickles, orange peel, lemons, shaved chocolate, brandied cherries<br>• Bucket …

Bitters

Pullman bread loaves, a culinary legacy of the new national monument

If you traveled by rail at the end of the 19th century or the beginning of the 20th, you may have been part of the glittering clientele from business, arts, politics and leisure who crossed the country in style in a Pullman car. You wore your Sunday best, because that was the style of the day, …

Baking

Local vendors still feeling effects of this season's avocado shortage

09/27/2017: "At the moment, we do not have guacamole or extra avocado," read the sign posted in a hallway of El Pueblito Restaurante's main entrance …

Santa Barbara County

Check Out The Most Insane Fried Foods From The Texas State Fair

They say “Everything’s bigger in Texas,” right? Well, the State Fair of Texas just released their 2017 food finalists lists and it’s definitely bigger, greasier, sweeter and even more deep-fried than ever. On Sept. 29, fairgoers can enjoy classics like corny dogs and turkey legs, but there are some …

In Search Of The Perfect Meal

A Guide to the King of Cheeses, Parmigiano-Reggiano

Accept no imitations—the real Parmigiano-Reggiano is in a class of its own. Learn the history of the cheese, and get buying, serving and wine-pairing …

5 relishes spreading on menus

1. A South African kick<p>2. Pickled papaya of the Philippines<p>3. Pickled relish from the Deep South<p>4. Fruit-forward with Indian roots<p>5. A Serbian spread

How To Make Crispy, Juicy Fried Chicken

Let me walk you through the pleasure of eating this crispy, juicy fried chicken: You've got this glistening drumstick with a coating so full of …

Fried Chicken

The Best Pies in America

What is it about pie that tantalizes so?<p>Maybe it's that first dip of the fork into the flaky crust to pull filling like apple, cherry or blueberry, …

Recipes

Cooking with bourbon

Bourbon's versatility has long made it a bartenders' favourite and the cornerstone of many great cocktails.<p>It's unsurprising therefore that the …

Cooking (Australia)

Could Hawaii’s Traditional Culinary Practices Help Save the Planet?

Courtesy of Merriman's Hawaii<p>Ahi Ginger Poke with Molokai Chips from Merriman’s<p>Culinary pioneer Peter Merriman talks the traditional—and slightly …

Hawaii

Essential Tools for Cooking Eggs

This week, we launched our Definitive Guide to Eggs, a collection of our most critical knowledge about egg cookery. That includes what common egg-packaging labels like "All Natural" and "Farm-Fresh" really mean (spoiler alert—those two mean exactly nothing). It tells you what to look for when egg …

8 Coffee Brewing Methods-How To-Inspirations

Coffee Brewing

What's the difference between a cobbler and a crisp?

There are few <b>desserts</b> that are so simple, yet evoke such controversy among makers and eaters alike.<p>The humble baked fruit desserts, including …

Dessert

Ode to the Buttered Roll, That New York Lifeline

It can be hard to explain the appeal of a buttered roll.<p>Unlike the breakfast sandwich or the cruller, the humble buttered roll makes no claims to lusciousness. It’s not really greater than the sum of its parts: a round roll, sliced and slathered with butter. There is no alchemy involved.<p>And yet, …

Baking

Cherries

Cherries<br>© Denzil Green<p>Cherries are a member of the rose family, along with peaches, plums, apricots, and almonds.<p>There are Sweet Cherries and Sour …

Recipes

You Probably Haven't Heard of America's Best Fried Chicken Chain

C hances are you won’t find America’s best-kept fast-food secret at your local strip mall. You also won’t see it clustered among the gaggle of …

Restaurants