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El Espace is a column dedicated to news and culture relevant to Latinx communities. Expect politics, arts, analysis, personal essays and more. ¿Lo mejor? It’ll be in Spanish and English, so you can forward it to your tía, your primo Lalo or anyone else (read: everyone). When Claudia Mendoza was growing up in the Washington…

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A Soup at the Edge of Summer

Autumn is near, and these dwindling summer days makes me want to gather up all the sweet ripe produce possible, before it becomes a distant memory. With the weather still sunny and fair, many summery offerings are still available. Some, like tomatoes and peppers, are at their peak. The last of the corn is still…

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The Fleece Jacket is Officially Trending

Alongside PSLs and leggings, a fleece jacket used to be a key part of the Basic Student starter pack. Now, the fashion industry is claiming it as its own. Indie designer Sandy Liang was the first to adopt the look back in 2015 with her Insta-famous outerwear, but the trend is peaking. Philip Lim, Fendi,…

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The World of Olive Oil Is Murky. Here’s Help for the Home Cook.

When extra-virgin olive oil arrived in American kitchens around 1980, a set of myths came with it. You can’t use it for everyday cooking. You can’t use it for deep-frying. You must hoard your best stuff and bring it out only for occasional drizzling. None of those turns out to be true: Olive oil is…

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These Recipes Will Save the Day

Hi, guys! I’m Margaux, an editor here at NYT Cooking, and I’m filling in for Emily while she’s making paella on the beach in Martha’s Vineyard (#lifegoals). My littles start school on Tuesday, and while I’m excited for all of the things they’ll learn and the friends they’ll make, I am not looking forward to…

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Bengali Snacks, Concentrated on a Jackson Heights Block

Two Bengali snack carts face off on this corner of Jackson Heights, Queens. Each claims one side of a 24-hour Duane Reade, a rare bland spot in the throng of storefronts promising South Asian sweets and back-room lunch buffets basking in steam. Tong was the first to open, a year and a half ago, followed…

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Can Genetics Explain Why Some People Thrive on Less Sleep?

For as long as Brad Johnson can remember, he has never been able to sleep more than six hours a night. Most nights, he sleeps even less. Mr. Johnson, 63, always wakes without an alarm clock, feeling rested and ready for the day. “If you paid me $100,000 to sleep eight hours tonight, I couldn’t…

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Ratatouille, Simplified and Just as Satisfying

Breaking from Julia Child isn’t easy — except when it comes to ratatouille. For most other French classics, I’ll do whatever Julia, the doyenne of French cuisine, commands, down to blanching, peeling and seeding that very last tomato. But after spending one too many August afternoons glued to the stove, patiently ministering to each separate…

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J.Crew Is Selling Its Classic One-Piece Swimsuit for $5

Smart shoppers know that you can often find really good discounted items during those end-of-the-season sales. There is always the chance that what you like is sold out, but that won’t be the case today. J.Crew is having a summer sale with an extra 50 percent off sale pieces (and 40 percent off regular-priced items)!…

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