Finally, New York Has a Cocktail Library

Twenty years ago, Greg Boehm was drawn to a small, ornate book, “Drinks: How to Mix and How to Serve,” while visiting an antiquarian bookstore in London. “It had a stamped burgundy leather cover with gold-foil printing,” Mr. Boehm said. “It was a really beautiful little book.” He bought it for about $75 and it…

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A Good Appetite: Leave Your Fondue Pot Behind (but Keep the Fondue)

Fondue is not something you serve at a party; fondue is something that defines the party. Invited in as a part of the meal, that alluring attention-grabber will always dominate, demanding its own pot and forks and elbowing all other dishes out of the way. A classic fondue needs to shine alone. But if you…

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gender letter: South Korean Women Smash Makeup, and Patriarchy

Image CreditFranziska Barczyk “Born pretty? That’s a big fat lie.” — A makeup advertisement in the Seoul subway The movement began quietly, with women posting photos on social media of smashed makeup palettes — colorful messes of shimmering powder and crushed lipstick that looked almost like beautiful works of art. But this wasn’t art —…

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Karl Lagerfeld’s Secret Weapon

Hair by Declan Sheils for Hair by Sam McKnight; makeup by Tom Pecheux at Calliste Agency; manicure by Anny Errandonea Chanel’s nautical-inspired cruise collection makes landfall with a quartet of star models: Joan Smalls, Natasha Poly, Yasmin Wijnaldum, and Hannah Ferguson. Glitter tweed dress, beret, $800, both, Chanel. Beauty Tip: Paint lips petal- pink with…

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Some Marriott Strikes End, but San Francisco Workers Stay Out

Image Hotel workers strike in front of a Marriott hotel Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in San Francisco.CreditBen Margot/Associated Press The first thing that the wedding planner Lauren Carson noticed at the end of eight weeks of strikes against Marriott hotels in Hawaii was the quiet. The “incessant noise” from the picket lines was gone. “I…

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Work Friend: An Argument for Ruining Your Horrible Life

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. The Shallow End of the Car Pool I’ve been a part of a car pool for several years. Recently I asked the main organizer (one of two drivers)…

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Why New York Lags So Far Behind on Natural Childbirth

Lisa Binderow had envisioned her labor a thousand times. She bought a birthing ball, hired a doula and even practiced hypnotherapy. Her plan was to deliver at the Mount Sinai West Birthing Center, an area of the hospital marked by pastel curtains, family-size beds and large birthing tubs. Separated from the regular labor and delivery…

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Bites: In Chicago, a Reclaimed Swedish Heritage for a New Bakery

When Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood bid farewell to its beloved Swedish Bakery in February 2018, it was as if a princess cake-shaped hole was left in the historically Scandinavian neighborhood’s collective heart. The traditional Swedish neon green-domed cake had long been local legend. When pastry chef Bobby Schaffer, who had previously led the pastry programs at…

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