Behind the Scenes in the Food Biz: Four Culinary Memoirs

NOTES FROM A YOUNG BLACK CHEFA MemoirBy Kwame Onwuachi with Joshua David Stein Image This rip-roaring tale of ambition is also a sobering account of racism in and out of the food industry. Despite coming “from a long line of restaurateurs” on his mother’s side of the family, Onwuachi, as a young black chef from…

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Elka Gilmore, Chef Who Blended the Old and the New, Dies at 59

Elka Gilmore, an innovative West Coast chef who helped redefine fusion cuisine in the 1990s, died on July 6 in San Francisco. She was 59. Her death, at a hospital, was confirmed by Jennie K. Curtis, her former companion. She said Ms. Gilmore had been in failing health for years after work injuries (one of…

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In Hawaii, Rat Lungworm Disease Infects People but Eludes Researchers

A tropical parasite transmitted through rats and snails has caught the attention of health officials in Hawaii. But few scientists have studied the infection once it makes its way into humans, and researchers can’t say for certain whether the disease is becoming more widespread. The parasite, Angiostrongylus cantonensis, typically resides in a rat’s pulmonary arteries…

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Put Some Greens on It

“Put an egg on it” is still riding its culinary moment: A fried or poached egg draped on top of a dish is a reliable shortcut to making it richer, more filling and more mouthwatering on Instagram (that eye-catching and borderline rude runny yolk). But have you ever put a salad on it? This is…

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I’m 30 Years Old And I Want to Dress Like a Baby at Her Own Christening

Courtesy Macy ruffled taffeta midi dress Cecilie Bahnsen matchesfashion.com $807.00 I recently turned 30 years old. While I don’t consider it a milestone of modern adulthood, I did start questioning what I should and shouldn’t be doing with my life. Sure, anyone can do whatever they want, but why am I out past 3AM on…

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The Dress Code at Goop May Not Surprise You

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — “I’m buying that shirt,” the publicist said to her boss. It was an everyday office compliment, except the boss in question was Gwyneth Paltrow (“G.P.,” as she’s known at the office), the founder and lifestyle guru behind Goop, which sells crystals, cashmere and much more. “What tends to happen is I’ll…

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A Summer Soup for Gazpacho Lovers

Good tomatoes are finally here. Those of us who endure the long wait for sweet, ripe summer tomatoes are beginning to reap dividends, even if the very best ones won’t arrive until August or September. Whether you’re in the garden, observing hard green fruits at last turning color, or at the market, seeing flats of…

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Who Mows the Lawn at Storm King, New York’s Largest Sculpture Park?

SURFACING It takes a crew of eight to maintain the 500 acres at Storm King Art Center, where art lives in the landscape. Image Maya Lin’s “Storm King Wavefield,” (2007-08) gets a haircut.CreditThomas Prior for The New York Times Joel Longinott and Robert Finch dig a hole for a new installation. Mark di Suvero’s “Figolu”…

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The Man With the $13 Billion Checkbook

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] From a tidy glass office in Midtown Manhattan, Darren Walker gives away $650 million a year of other people’s money, and is paid nicely to do so. When he got this job in 2013, as president of the Ford…

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