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Compression is one of the most popular effects in popular music. Recording studios are outfitted with rack-mounted compression modules to shape an artist’s sound. Dance and hip ...

May 20, 2019

Compressor knobs on control panel

A successful home recorder has techniques for tracking all kinds of instruments, from drums to guitars to brass to software synthesizers. But there’s a special skill involved in...

May 20, 2019

Microphone and headphones in recording studio

Traditionally, the most difficult part of home recording has been the drum kit. Many home recorders have achieved studio-quality guitar, bass, and keyboard recordings, yet strik...

May 20, 2019

Headphones on drum with drum sticks

This light, golden chicken stock is the workhorse of Chef Keller’s restaurant kitchens. At the French Laundry, it’s used for cooking pasta and as a building block for sauces. Re...

May 20, 2019

Chicken and carrots in pot with raw cabbage and carrots on wood table

A chiasmus is a rhetorical device used to create a stylized writing effect, in which the second part of a sentence is a mirror image of the first.

May 20, 2019

Woman writing in notebook with pen on desk

Tomato sauce has many variations—it can be chunky or smooth, made with fresh or canned tomatoes, made in 30 minutes or set to simmer all afternoon. One thing that separates sauc...

May 20, 2019

Tomato sauce in pot with wooden spoon and onion

A great book title plays an important role in determining whether a reader will pick up your work, consider it, buy it, or read it. So once you’ve completed your non-fiction boo...

May 20, 2019

Vintage typewriter with coffee and crumpled pieces of paper

There is nothing more theatrical than a chef setting your dessert alight with a burst of flames tableside at the end of dinner. Flambéing provides a dramatic effect—hypnotic fla...

May 20, 2019

Chef frying on pan with fire in kitchen

Peppery arugula—also known as rocket—gives a bold flavor despite its delicate leafy appearance. It has a distinctive flavor that makes everything delicious: as a nutritious base...

May 20, 2019

Arugula in white bowl on wood