Summer Cooking Forever

We’re at that weird point in the summer where some of us are already back into the rhythm of school and work, while the rest of you remain on vacation. Like Emily Weinstein. That’s why I am filling in as your weeknight newsletter host. My kitchen is back to weeknight production dinners, with an eye…

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Life-Changing Drugs Almost Nobody Can Afford

Episode 11: ‘The Six Million Dollar Claim’ Producer/Director Suzanne Hillinger Patients suffering from rare diseases who had little hope for a treatment now have access to life-changing medicines, thanks to pharmaceutical companies’ investment in so-called orphan drugs, which treat diseases that affect fewer than 200,000 people. But the increasing number of people who would benefit…

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An Ancient Grain Brings the Warmth

I first learned about freekeh from the American food writer Paula Wolfert. She had encountered it over the years while traveling around the Eastern Mediterranean and was gung-ho about spreading the word. Ms. Wolfert, never shy about proclaiming the virtues of a beloved ingredient, made the Western food world sit up and listen. Freekeh, long…

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Sheet-Pan Pancakes!

It’s not often that I’m gobsmacked by a recipe, but the brilliance of our new sheet-pan method for pancakes (above) cannot be denied. Of course I adore pancakes, but let’s be honest: Feeding them to a group involves way too much time at the stove. Here, you just make a few tweaks to the usual…

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Falling Into Each Other’s Arms, a Step at a Time

Melissa Fernandez and Lyvan Verdecia met through social media in the spring of 2015. She was living in Harlem and had been performing for three years with Ballet Hispánico, a contemporary dance company in Manhattan. He was in Miami working as a day laborer, hopping on trucks bound for South Florida fields in need of…

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12 Instagram Accounts That Reveal Life as a Times Journalist

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. To get into the minds and notebooks of Times journalists, look no further than Instagram. The app allows many reporters, editors and photographers based in New York and around the world to show how their…

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You Call it Craft, I Call it Art

SANTA FE, N.M. — Who gets to make art? The question was posed recently on Instagram by Luke Syson, director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England. In asking it, Mr. Syson was adding his voice to a growing chorus of museum professionals who are challenging traditional hierarchies of art production. He was talking, in…

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Snapchat’s Disappearing Act Leaves Venice Beach Searching for Its Future

LOS ANGELES — For a lot of Venice die-hards, the thing that irked them most about Snapchat was the security guards. When the company behind the disappearing-messages app took over multiple properties on the beach as it expanded, starting in 2012, it also posted guards who would shoo away anyone who wasn’t an employee and…

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The Cursed Legacy of the Most Expensive Plot of Land in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — A giant vacant lot that sits atop Beverly Hills, known as both “The Mountain” and “The Vineyard,” finally sold this week after sitting on the market for a year — not for the billion dollars at which it was initially priced but for $100,000, in foreclosure, to a lone bidder. It’s an…

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