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The Violent Secret of Meat

How to cook your meat correctly.<p><i>Published in the March 2013 issue</i><p><b>My problem with meat</b> was that I was too nice to it. Like a lot of tentative amateur cooks, I was intimidated by meat, especially great meat — its heft and grandeur, its copious marbling, its protruding bones and prohibitive cost. The …

How to Use Which Oils For What

<i>Published in the March 2013 issue</i><p><b>Oil is a vehicle,</b> used during cooking to transfer heat or after cooking to impart flavor (the drizzle). But no oil can do both. That's why some oils undergo commercial processing to remove flavorful, fragrant sediments. This clarifies the oil and raises the smoke …

How to Home-Cook a Steak

Also, what to do after a bad restaurant experience.<p><i>Mr. Cutlets, d/b/a Josh Ozersky, is a James Beard Award-winning food writer, B-list food personality, and noted polymath and deviant. The founder of Meatopia, he will answer all your questions on meat, food, food writing, relationships,</i> …

Something to Cook: Tortilla Española

<i>Published in the January 2013 issue</i><p><i>Chef Haidar Karoum, Estadio, Washington, D.C.</i><p><b>Tortilla española</b> is the national dish of Spain, and making it is an inherited skill: You learn the inversion technique at the knee of another cook, standing by and admiring the economy and fluidity of the motion until …

A Sexy Word for a Sexy Dish: Saltimbocca

<b>This dish is about perception:</b> it looks like it takes much more time and training than it actually does. That's because the ingredients do a lot of the work for you. As the prosciutto browns, it crisps (texture), seasons (salt and fat), and seals in the chicken juices (moisture), and the artichokes …

The Most Life-Changing Mac 'n' Cheese in America Is...

<b>What's in the water</b> <b>in South Carolina?</b> Or maybe we should say — what's in the food? Last week, Eat Like A Man outlined how Greenville is following the gastronomic lead of Charleston and becoming a culinary hotspot. At the same time, we were running a poll to determine the best mac and cheese in …

Juice Cleansing for Men: A Guide

<b>We know the perception</b> of the Esquire staff is steak-gobbling he-men, but if you look in our fridge, you will see bottles and growlers of low-calorie, vitamin-rich juice. It's true: Esquire cleanses. Openly.<p>LizzyJaysJuice founder Casey Sabol claims juicing's ease of digestion allows maximum vitamin …

The Most Life-Changing Burrito in America Is...

<b>When we asked</b> the readers of Eat Like a Man to cast their votes for America's most life-altering burrito, we had a hunch that California might get a lot of love. And it did. Burrito joints from the Golden State account for the top four finishers in our poll. What we didn't expect was that there'd …

9 Canned Foods That Are Actually Worth Buying

<b>I've eaten my fair share</b> of soup out of a can, mostly consumed in my college years because I decided to be smart and spend the most virile part of my semi-adult life studying in snowy, freezing, lake-affected Upstate New York. Though I no longer live on a college-kid budget, I still consume plenty …

The Only Thing to Put on Your Steak

<i>Published in the February 2013 issue</i><p><i>Chef Adam Sobel, Bourbon Steak, Washington, D.C.</i><p><b>Making a sauce in the pan</b> you just used to cook whatever the sauce will cover — in this case, a beautiful steak — is all about perception. It looks (and tastes) like it takes more time and training than it actually …

New Orleans Crabmeat Bon Bons for the Big Game

<b>Super Bowl Sunday</b> is a near-religious, magical 24-hour period in which three things take sole focus of your brain: football, commercials, and snacks. Right? Right. That said, we felt terrible that in the midst of our Super Bowl Snack Showdown, New Orleans, the host of the big game, could not …

How to Shuck Holiday Oysters

<i>Welcome to Eat Like a Man's Holiday Survival Guide, wherein we tackle some of the season's thorniest issues in food and drink to help you make it to January in one piece.</i><p><b>"He was a brave man who first ate an oyster,"</b> as Jonathan Swift famously said, not least because opening the stubborn suckers is …

How to Open Stuck Jars: The Only Guide You Need

<i>Welcome to Eat Like a Man's 2012 Holiday Survival Guide, wherein we tackle some of the season's thorniest issues in food and drink to help you make it to January in one piece.</i><p><b>Generally speaking, public feats of strength</b> have fallen out of fashion in modern America. Pistols at dawn, bare-knuckle …

The Simple Grilling Trick You Must Know

For better-tasting, perfectly cooked vegetables this summer, depend on this method<p>When you think about the number of vegetables that have slipped between your grill grates and into the fires below, it’s hard not to want to repent. Rounds of squash, spears of asparagus, wedges of zucchini—the toll …