The New Old Age: This Type of Illiteracy Could Hurt You

Image CreditCraig Frazier Every time her parents pick up a new prescription at a Walgreens in Houston, they follow Duyen Pham-Madden’s standing instructions: Use the iPad she bought for them, log onto FaceTime, hold up the pill bottles for her examination. Her mother, 79, and father, 77, need numerous medications, but have trouble grasping when…

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Five Weeknight Dishes: Flexible and Fabulous

Hi and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes — though I think we should reframe, just this once, because starting Monday we’ll no longer be on Standard Weeknight Time. Even now, it feels like Christmas week, as I’m constantly searching for Scotch tape and scissors. So let’s rechristen this one Five Dishes, period, flexible dinners that…

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Front Burner: Halal Foods, a Primer

Halal food will be the subject of a talk for the Culinary Historians of New York by Febe Armanios and Bogac Ergene, Middle Eastern historians and the authors of “Halal Food: A History.” The authors will discuss the rules that govern food and drink for Muslims, and halal foods will be served before the lecture.…

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Front Burner: New Year’s Eve Entertaining Ideas From Carla Hall

Carla Hall, the vivacious television celebrity and restaurateur, covers all bases in her latest book, showcasing Southern-inflected recipes pegged for “everyday” or “celebration” with plenty of overlap. For those seeking New Year’s inspiration, her book has plenty to offer, like black-eyed peas (considered lucky) in hummus, in a salad and in a vinaigrette sauce for…

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Front Burner: Savory Olives for the Antipasto Plate

With his oven-baked black olives, the chef and restaurateur Scott Conant has picked up a Mediterranean tradition in his new line of Sprezza products, made in Italy. His meaty olives are excellent to serve with drinks or to use in salads and other dishes, pitted or not. The chef’s well-seasoned pomodoro sauce for pasta and…

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Life as a Runway: What 8 Holiday Shoppers Wore to Industry City in Brooklyn

Image CreditAndrew White for The New York Times Industry City, a historic warehouse complex in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, has been transformed into a family-friendly warren of boutiques and food halls. The most recent addition, Japan Village, offers 20,000 square feet of noodles, groceries and more. Last Saturday, some 15,000 visitors came to…

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My Workout: How Diggy Simmons, the Son of Rev Run, Keeps It Real

Diggy Simmons, 23, the son of Rev Run of Run DMC, has stepped out of his father’s shadow. His second studio album, “Lighten Up,” was released last month. And he has a supporting role on the ABC sitcom “grown-ish” (the spinoff of “black-ish”), which begins its second season in January. In addition to dividing his…

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Unbuttoned: Fashion’s Year in Cultural Don’ts

Of all the fashion trends that came and went this year, including 1980s shoulders, 1990s grunge and all things Meghan Markle, perhaps the most unrelenting was the prevalence of cultural missteps. They happened high, they happened low, they happened almost every season. Instead of getting better, it seems as if the offenses are getting worse.…

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