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Fiercely aromatic and full-bodied, balsamic vinegar brings the patience and finesse of winemaking to the pantry. Try it in Chef Thomas Keller’s classic vinaigrette recipe.

Apr 30, 2019

Vinegar and olive oil with shallots and garnish

Usually, how words sound bears no relationship to what they mean. That’s not true in the case of onomatopoeia, where words sound like what they are. The English language is litt...

Apr 30, 2019

onomatopoeia dictionary

The human brain instinctively looks for harmony. When it is denied harmony, it can create a powerful moment—whether that’s for the purposes of creating tension, capturing inner ...

Apr 30, 2019

Typewriter with paper on wood

Copying is something writers usually strive to avoid. And yet, the literary theory of mimesis says that artists copy constantly, as a matter of necessity. Does this make their a...

Apr 30, 2019

Stack of books with typewriter in background

How does a cow’s carcass turn into plastic-wrapped supermarket steaks? The way we break down beef comes down to cultural preferences. On top of that, meat-cutting can vary furth...

Apr 30, 2019

types of raw meat on wood

It may not be the flashiest item in your pantry, but white wine vinegar brings more to the table than it lets on.

Apr 30, 2019

White wine vinegar with salt and herbs on wood

Thin and fatty, affordable skirt steak might be the perfect cut for grilling season.

Apr 30, 2019

Skirt steak on wooden board with herbs

An expensive cut of meat typically reserved for Christmas dinner and other celebratory meals, prime rib doesn’t have to be intimidating. In fact, since it’s best prepared slowly...

Apr 30, 2019

Prime rib on board with herb

A wedding toast, a baby’s birth, a ship’s christening: momentous occasions call for Champagne, the most celebratory of bubbly beverages. Champagne gains its distinctive yeasty, ...

Apr 30, 2019

Champagne in glasses and bucket