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An Alternative-Medicine Believer's Journey Back to Science

Jim and Louise Laidler lost their faith on a trip to Disneyland in 2002, while having breakfast in Goofy's Kitchen.<p>The Laidlers are doctors, and …

How a maple syrup rebellion is growing in Quebec

Serge Beaulieu, a producer in Ormstown, south of Montreal, heads the maple syrup producer’s federation. He says the fickleness of Mother Nature …

The Genius No-Dairy Trick for Turning Vegetables Into Cream

<i>Every week—often with your help—Food52's Executive Editor Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that are nothing short of genius.</i><p><i>Today:</i> <i>A brighter (and vegan) alternative to cream—for all your soups, sauces, and sides.</i><p>Even if you love cream; even if you love it <i>so much</i> that you plunk it into gratins …

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Meet The Weather Underground’s Bomb Guru

In an excerpt from his new book about 60s-era radicalism Vanity Fair special correspondent Bryan Burrough delves into the disastrous Village townhouse explosion caused by the Weather Underground, and introduces the man who became the group’s “bomb guru” in its wake.<p>Ever since 9/11, the threat of …

When Lincoln died, a nation mourned -- or did it?

Few events in American history unleashed deeper and more profound mass mourning than the assassination of Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago, on April 15, 1865. To Northerners, Lincoln was the recently (and overwhelmingly) reelected president, a revered orator-oracle and the victorious commander in …

The Civil War’s Dirty Secret: It Was Always About Slavery

Seven score and ten years ago, Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at …

War

An Emotional Audit: IRS Workers Are Miserable and Overwhelmed

They start lining up before 7 a.m. An hour and a half later, more than 60 people are waiting to get into the Internal Revenue Service’s Taxpayer …

‘I Feel Very Strongly That Almost the Entire City Has Copied My Glasses.’

I feel very strongly that almost the entire city has copied my glasses. I went to a fashion show during fashion week, and everyone there had on my …

Chop Suey - Flower Drum Song

How a Great American Theatrical Family Produced the 19th Century’s Most Notorious Assassin

<i>Below is an excerpt from the book</i> My Thoughts Be Bloody<i>, by Nora Titone, as recommended by Longreads contributor Dana Snitzky, who writes:</i><p><i>“This is</i> …

The Remnants of Maycomb: What Happened to Harper Lee’s Hometown

Maybe it wasn’t just Nelle’s insecurity that held her back from becoming “the Jane Austen of South Alabama,” but also the dismaying decline of the …

Inside the Elite Marlborough School’s Shocking Teacher-Student Scandal

When a recent graduate of Marlborough, the elite L.A. girls' school, posted an essay about a predatory teacher there, the story went viral. Marlborough's board of trustees leapt into action. And that, a V.F. exclusive reveals, is when things got really ugly.<p>It was the kind of article that might …

The public life and private doubts of Al Sharpton

Published on February 7, 2015<p><i>In New York</i><p>Al Sharpton had not made news for 13 hours, and this was cause for serious concern. He climbed into the back seat of his luxury SUV, told his driver to take him four blocks to Times Square and refreshed the news feed on his cellphone. “Seriously? Nothing on …

Using the British Railway Mania of the 1840s to Explain the Beanie Baby Craze

Andrew Odlyzko, a mathematician and bubble expert, proposes a simpler theory explaining speculative panics in his study on the British Railway Mania …

When a black German woman discovered her grandfather was the Nazi villain of 'Schindler's List'

In the mid-1990s, near the end of the period during which she lived in Israel, Jennifer Teege watched Steven Spielberg’s film “Schindler’s List.” She …

How Lincoln Played the Press

Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion<p>by Harold Holzer<p>Simon and Schuster, 733 pp., $37.50<p>People are amazed or disgusted, or …

First Chapters: ‘White Oleander,’ by Janet Fitch

<i>Janet Fitch | White Oleander, Little, Brown and Company | 1999 | 19 minutes (4,640 words)</i><p><i>Our latest first chapter comes from Longreads contributing</i> …

For Musician Jack White, Any Old Guacamole Just Won't Do

Jack White, formerly of the White Stripes, must really hate bananas. Because according to his concert rider, which was recently made public, he doesn't want to lay eyes on one at his concerts.<p>A "rider" is the set of unusual contractual demands that some pop stars make of their hosts when they're on …

Jack White

43 Essential Kitchen Secrets

These helpful tips and tricks will save you time and money.<p>These helpful tips and tricks, adapted from Rebecca DiLiberto's Penny Saving Household Helper, will save you time and money.

Our Favorite Recipes From Each of Our 2014 Issues

All of our recipes are wonderful, but these are a little extra wonderful<p><b>We love all the recipes</b> that appear in <i>Bon Appétit</i>. But there are some recipes that we routinely circle back to, both as weeknight favorites and dinner party showstoppers. So we combed through all 12 issues published this year …

Slow-Roasted Salmon with Fennel, Citrus, and Chiles

6 Servings<p>Don’t bother trying to divide this fillet into tidy portions. Instead, use a spoon to break it into perfectly imperfect pieces.<p>January 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 medium fennel bulb, thinly sliced<p>1 blood or navel orange, very thinly sliced, seeds removed<p>1 Meyer or regular lemon, very thinly …

Seafood

The 12 Essential Wines to Drink on Thanksgiving

Will Motley, owner of East Nashville’s extraordinary Woodland Wine Merchant gave us his picks for 12 wines for the Thanksgiving weekend.<p>Having a good …

Curried Carrot and Apple Soup

This velvety soup has a wonderful balance of sweetness, spice and tang. The secret ingredient: gingersnap cookies. <b>Slideshow:</b> Best Vegetable Soups

French Green Beans with Shallots

5 stars based on 34 votes<p>How can a vegetable recipe with only one tablespoon of oil and three simple ingredients — olive oil, green beans and …

10 Easy Recipes for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

I used to host elaborate Thanksgiving celebrations, where I'd cook and prepare for days on end, only to be completely exhausted by the time my guests arrived on Thanksgiving day. After one glass of wine, I'd be nodding off at the table, dreaming of my pillow!<p>I used to host elaborate Thanksgiving …

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage

Makes 10 to 12 Servings<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 1-pound red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams), rinsed, patted dry, pierced all over with fork<p>1 12-ounce container fresh ricotta cheese, drained in sieve 2 hours<p>1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (about 3 ounces)<p>2 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar<p>2 …

Recipes

Pecan, Bourbon, and Butterscotch Bread Pudding

10 Servings<p>As if the butterscotch wasn't enough, we packed this bread pudding recipe with pecan and bourbon. Yep. Bourbon.<p>November 2011Print<p>Ingredients<p>Butterscotch Sauce<p>1 cup (packed) light brown sugar<p>1/2 cup light corn syrup<p>3 tablespoons unsalted butter<p>1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt<p>1/2 cup heavy cream<p>…

Baking

What You Really Want for Thanksgiving Is Salad

Salad is a crisp, vibrant, and welcome antidote to all that Thanksgiving heaviness<p>Salad is a crisp, vibrant, and welcome antidote to all that holiday heaviness. A mandoline is the salad maker's best friend, like in this Arugula, Apple, and Parsnip with Buttermilk Dressing recipe. See why:<p>More …