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Best Books of February 2017: George Saunders to Joyce Carol Oates

A Novel<p>Ali Smith<p>Set in England in Fall 2016, <i>Autumn</i> is the first installment of Ali Smith’s new Seasonal Quartet, which is broken up—you guessed it—according to the seasons. After a historic summer, the United Kingdom is in pieces, and the transition into fall is bittersweet. In a world becoming …

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The Food Lab: Slow-Cooked Bolognese Sauce

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>More<p>Pasta<p>Essential techniques, recipes, and more!<p>If there's one thing I miss most about New York (aside from the pizza, that is), it's the cold, snowy winters. Not just because I love the cold and I love snow days (I do!), but more because those cold, frosty days …

The Food Lab: The Science of the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

More<p>All About Chocolate<p>Everything you want to know about chocolate<p>"Stop making cookies."<p><i>I'm sorry, what was that dear?</i><p>"I said, <b>stop making cookies</b>."<p><i>That's odd</i>, I thought to myself. <i>Why would she be saying that? Wouldn't any wife be pleased to be married to a husband who fills the house with the aroma</i> …

How to Make Mexican Tamales

More<p>Mexican Food<p><i>Recetas deliciosas</i> to transport your tastebuds south of the border.<p>I love a good tamale, but ever since a friend of mine described what a big project it can be—his family only makes them for special occasions, and everyone is expected to lend a hand—I've been reluctant to make my …

Christmas Brunch Recipes You Can Make Ahead Of Time

The secret to an awesome Christmas morning.<p>Christmas is almost upon us and that means there is a lot that has to be done. No matter how joyful the holidays are, there is always a certain amount of stress that goes into hosting Christmas. The presents have to be bought, wrapped and quietly placed …

Use Your Pressure Cooker to Make the World's Fastest, Easiest Chicken Enchiladas

More<p>Mexican Food<p><i>Recetas deliciosas</i> to transport your tastebuds south of the border.<p>I've learned many useful things from my wife Adri over the years. The importance of doctors and dentists. That keeping track of airline miles and credit card rewards really <i>can</i> pay off in the long run. That there is …

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How to learn to play piano with a little help from your iPad

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Many music schools that teach piano are very particular about learning to play on a “real” piano. They expect anyone learning …

Vacation Planning Advice From 1918 | The Art of Manliness

<b>“Vacation Time”</b> <b><br>From The Book of Camping and Woodcraft, 1918</b> <b><br>By Horace Kephart</b><p>To many a city man there comes a time when the great town wearies him. He …

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

Sugar Plum Fruitcake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Many of you know that I've spent 2013 baking for Betty. It's been a lively year of fun minion cakes, candy bar creations and snickerdoodle skillets. …

100 Christmas Cocktail and Drink Recipes to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Maybe just half a drink more...<p>It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and that means presents, sweets, parties, and most importantly, holiday booze. If you're already feeling eggnog'd out just thinking about the holidays, try one of these 100 cocktails we've gathered—from hot buttery rum …

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22 Starters For Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Gallery22 Starters For Your Thanksgiving Dinner<p>When it's crunch time and dinner's finishing in the oven, hors d'oeuvres strategically give guests a diversion while enabling the host to come across as gracious rather than frazzled. From bourbon-glazed pecans to three-cheese artichoke dip, here are …

Apple Cider Doughnut Cake Recipe

Tiny and chubby apple cider doughnuts herald the fall season at the farmers' markets. This cake version is the 2.0 version.<p>Read the Whole Story<p>Ingredients<b>For the Cake</b>:9 tablespoons (4 1/2 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature1 large Granny Smith apple (about 8 ounces), peeled, cored, and …

American Dreams, 1973: The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Why did The Princess Bride captivate America in the year of Watergate? Nathaniel Rich revisits William Goldman’s classic and finds it grippingly …

How to Make Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p><b>This is the best way to serve corn, period.</b><p>More<p>Mexican Food<p><i>Recetas deliciosas</i> to transport your tastebuds south of the border.<p>I know that's a bold statement, but it's one I've backed up with years of detailed scientific studies on the eating habits of my wife and …

The Words That Remade America

The significance of the Gettysburg Address<p><i>In a rare image of President Lincoln at Gettysburg, he is shown hatless at the center of a crowd on the orators’ platform. (Library of Congress)</i><p>In the summer of 1863, General Robert E. Lee pushed northward into Pennsylvania. The Union army met him at …

Serious Entertaining: A Light, All-Chilled Spanish(ish) Menu

I love early summer evenings, with sunsets so late that you feel displaced from time. Until, that is, all of a sudden you're sun-soaked, hot, and...hungry. It's a genuinely distressing phenomenon. I can actually think of few worse feelings than opening your deliciously cool fridge, looking inside, …

7 Myths About Cooking Steak That Need to Go Away

More<p>Guide to Steak<p>All the methods and tips you need to make perfect steak, each and every time.<p>I dread the summer. I truly do. It's not that I don't like the weather (who doesn't like sunshine in the day and breezy decks in the evening?). It's not the hordes of school kids roaming the streets with …

60 Spectacular Seahorses and Seadragons [PICS]

Lined seahorse, Hippocampus erectus. Delicate and beautiful seahorses get their name from the ancient Greek hippos meaning “horse” and kampos meaning …

Adventures in hi-fi at Oswalds Mill Audio

When I dropped by the Oswalds Mill Audio (OMA) showroom/loft space, I wasn't really sure what to expect. I'd heard OMA speakers at hi-fi shows and was always impressed by the sound, but the full immersion OMA experience was a very different trip. The wildly retro-futuristic designs looked more …

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Plato’s Cave Allegory Brought to Life with Claymation

In Book VII of <i>The Republic</i>, Plato paints a dark scene for readers. Imagine prisoners shackled in a cave, their heads chained in such a way they can't …

Architects are starting to 3D print houses—but without a house-sized printer

A couple of months ago, Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars announced that he was building a curvy, loopy and for some reason, largely see-through building, to be made with the help of Enrico Dini’s D-Shape 3D printer. The project would cost up to 5 million euros ($6.4 million) and be completed in …

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