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How non-English speakers are taught this crazy English grammar rule you know but have never heard of

English grammar, beloved by sticklers, is also feared by non-native speakers. Many of its idiosyncrasies can turn into traps even for the most confident users.<p>But some of the most binding rules in English are things that native speakers know but don’t know they know, even though they use them every …

Language

Thomasina Miers’ recipe for green bean and new potato ‘tonnato’ salad

I love tonnato so much that I could eat it for breakfast. It evokes sunshine for me – summery holidays where all cares in the world are fixed by peaches, white wine, anchovies, quiches and creme brulee (though not necessarily in that order). I fell for tonnato on one particular Italian holiday, …

Recipes

40 of the most underrated travel destinations around the world

1/<p>Bergen, Norway<p>While often overshadowed by Oslo, the Norwegian capital, Bergen — the country's second-largest city — has plenty to offer.<p>From the …

Forget Paris—This Tiny Town Is the Unofficial Food Capital of Europe

As I drift in and out of a jet-lagged haze during our drive from Frankfurt airport to Baiersbronn, a small town in Germany, I'm confused by the …

10 great Greek islands: readers’ travel tips

Winning tip: Hiking in Amorgos, Cyclades<p>As well as the azure bays and its role in Luc Besson’s The Big Blue, Amorgos is also renowned for its hiking trails, which not only connect the island’s villages but also provide access to ecclesiastical and natural landmarks. Start at Hora, the capital of …

European Travel

Your New Favorite Broccoli Is Charred, Crispy & Buttermilk-Brined

Want to know how to make the best, most addictively delicious broccoli? Take a cue from roasted meat, or fried chicken: Brine it.<p>But not in plain salt water. Soak it in buttermilk mixed with the brine from a jar of preserved lemons. (Or if you’re short on brine, blitz a peeled preserved lemon with …

Marcus Wareing’s final meal | Last bites

The TV chef and celebrated restaurateur would go out on a high with his family<p><b>This</b> <b>would have to be in London</b>, on top of the tallest building in the City. I’d want to be up there as the sun was setting over the city and the river … The view would be spectacular – all I’d need would be a comfy</b> …

Beef Short Rib Empanadas

For the dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the 3 tablespoons lard with 1 1⁄2 tablespoons salt and 2 cups boiling …

Fantastic IKEA Storage Hacks You Totally Need to See

Most people think of storage pieces as a bit of a necessary evil. Nobody gets excited about chests of drawers or towel bars — or do they? We love a …

Hacking

Yotam Ottolenghi’s noodle recipes

I’m often asked what my guilty food pleasure is, and my reply is usually: “I don’t mix guilt with pleasure.”But if pressed, I’ll come up with another answer: “Pot Noodles.” I know several chefs who are more than happy to pour boiling water into a plastic cup for their dinner, especially after many …

Recipes

Put Your Needs Before Your Kid's Wants

Parents today are stressed. They’ve lost old friends. They miss their old hobbies. They’re too tired for sex. They feel judged. A few years ago, one …

A Professional Baker's Insider Tips for Making the Best Macarons

<i>All this month, the Food52 Baking Club is baking through Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel’s</i> Bouchon Bakery. <i>Today, Club member and professional baker Timmy Gibbons shares why the book's recipe for macarons is his favorite and reveals his secrets for making perfect macarons, every time.</i><p>When I first …

Louisa's Cake Recipe on Food52

<b>Author Notes:</b> Louisa is a family friend, gardener and chef from Castellina in Chianti, Italy, where we gather several times a year. She cooks everything from memory and threw this together one night last spring. When we pressed her for the recipe she hastily rattled some ingredients off and we …

10 Habits to Strengthen a Parent-Child Relationship

<i>"I can't believe how things with my daughter have turned around since I started focusing on connection."</i> — Zoe<p>We all crave those close moments with …

Parenting

Thomasina Miers’ easy recipe for potato, leek and wild mushroom soup with chipotle oil

Soup,Vegetables,Starter,Main course,Mexican food and drink,Food & drink,Life and style<p>A slug of chipotle oil takes this vegetable soup up a warming notch or two<p>In this age of sexy street food and fast living, we sometimes forget the pleasures to be found in a bowl of soup. In Mexico, however, where …

Mexican Food

A Beginner's Guide to Jollof Rice, the Essential Dish of West Africa

For cooks from Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, and beyond, jollof is more than just a rice dish—it's the thread that ties diverse peoples together<p>Growing up …

Where to Eat in Barcelona

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6 Books to Nurture Your Toddler’s Language Skills

When you’re learning a new language, nothing beats daily practice — and the same goes for your baby’s growing vocabulary. But keeping up with a toddler’s language development isn’t always as clear cut as it seems. To help give you and your kiddo a boost in the right direction, here are six …

19 Gifts For Kids That Aren't Toys

Who says you can't have fun while learning?<p>This holiday season, switch up your kid’s typical gendered toy gifts like Barbies and Hot Wheels for these 19 fun and creative gifts that aren’t <i>really</i> toys at all.<p>Whether you have a scientist in the making, an aspiring coder, or future business owner on …

This Is How All Your Favorite Chefs Roast Potatoes

A simple side of roasted potatoes seems like one of the easiest things to make, but it all depends on the technique. The appropriate seasonings and …

11 Cozy French Recipes To Warm Up Your Weekend

When we think of French food, we typically imagine fancy white tablecloth restaurants and pâtisseries with pyramids of pastel-colored macarons. But when the French cook at home, they gravitate to simple (yet incredibly delicious) comfort food. From beef bourguignon to potatoes au gratin, here are …

Cooking

33 Things to Stop Doing to Your Kids Right Now

In our quest to be a great mom or dad, we often don't see that our actions aren't always best for our children. Now's the time to take off the …

Butternut squash with ginger tomatoes and lime yoghurt

Method<p>1 Preheat the oven to 240°C/220°C fan/gas mark 9.<p>2 Mix the squash with 2 tablespoons of the oil, 2 teaspoons of salt and a good grind of black …

Recipes

The Chaos of the English Language

As writers, our tool is our language. As writers in the English language, we utilise at least a quarter of a million distinct English words* to …

10+ Habits of a Toxic Parent and How They Ruin Children Without Realizing It

When you have a child, your entire life changes. Suddenly, everything is for the baby.<p>Every parent wants to be able to do right by their kids.<p>But …

Parenting

A Cake You Can Take With You Anywhere

Over the years, and almost without meaning to, I have become an obsessive collector — not of objects but of recipes. I have accumulated boxes’ and files’ worth. I search for them casually in print and online, and relentlessly, determinedly and often shamelessly when I’m out, whether close to home …

Baking

Our 10 best chickpea recipes

Tiger prawns with pork scratchings and thyme-braised chickpeas<p>This recipe is a bit of a mix of Mediterranean styles: the combination of prawns with chickpeas is particularly Italian, while the use of seafood and meat is very Spanish.<p>Serves 4<b><br>300g dried chickpeas, soaked overnight in cold water</b><b><br>1</b> …

A top psychologist shares his 3-step method parents can take to discipline their kids

Ross Greene wants to make life easier.<p>Greene is the groundbreaking psychologist behind the theory of "collaborative partnerships," an approach that discards the stuff of traditional parenting — timeouts and the revocation of privileges — and replaces them with calm, focused discussion.<p>"The best you …

Parenting

This Chickpea Salad Is Your Shoulder to Cry On

By Tommy Werner<p>There's countless possibilities for this herby, lively salad, and all you need to get started is a can of chickpeas. It'll be your dinner for all the feels.<p><i>Welcome to Never Fail, a semi-regular column where we wax poetic about the recipes that never, ever let us down. This week: the</i> …