A ‘Perfect’ Chocolate Chip Cookie, and the Chef Who Created It

Calling your chocolate chip cookie “perfect” is a bold move. But the British pastry chef Ravneet Gill had no problem doing it. So far, no one’s contested her claim. At the end of March, she went Live on Instagram to bake her “perfect chocolate chip cookies,” from her first cookbook, “The Pastry Chef’s Guide: The…

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‘Inshallah’: The Perfect Phrase for 2020

When Joseph R. Biden Jr. dropped the Arabic phrase “inshallah” in the first presidential debate last month, Muslim Twitter lost it. Inshallah, which means “if god wills,” can be a double-edged sword, equal parts sincere and savage. I grew up with a Muslim Iranian mother, and having spent time in Iran, where Farsi speakers also…

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Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Feminist Mission Goes Beyond Slogans

A portrait of Chiuri, made by Mickalene Thomas for ELLE’s October issue. Mickalene Thomas Maria Grazia Chiuri, the creative director of Dior, is looking at me from the sand-gray couch where she is calmly perched in a giant, airy studio in Paris. She’s dressed in jeans, a white blouse, and sandals, with her platinum hair…

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My Boss’s Drinking Is Getting Worse. How Do We Intervene?

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, or a request to remain anonymous. Letters may be edited. Mean Girls Is Not Just a Movie I have a job I enjoy, and it’s going well. I’ve been getting more responsibility, and I get on well with…

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Suburbs Are Changing, Like It or Not

Leaving the city for the suburbs is on the minds of many New Yorkers this year, as remote work has made it possible for some to live just about anywhere. But the bidding wars and spiking home prices that have resulted from the migration aren’t the only ways the suburbs are changing. According to June…

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Drug May Extend A.L.S. Patients’ Lives by Several Months, Study Finds

A potential therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a fatal neurological disorder, may allow patients to live several months longer than they otherwise would have, according to a study published Friday. The two-drug combination, dreamed up by two college students, is one of several potential treatments raising the hopes of patients with A.L.S., also known as…

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Picnics in the Park and Backyard Are Continuing Past Summer

Emily Hecht takes her new role of “picnic designer” very seriously. Ms. Hecht arranges a picnic by layering neutral and blue-hued blankets incongruously and setting a low wooden table on top of them with a flowing white table runner. She lays down a place mat and then creates a setting of alternating dishes — white…

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In Love and Out of Debt

Haley Messner and Tanner Cemper do not disagree that 2020 has been a difficult year. But for them, it’s a tossup on whether 2019 might have been worse. Ms. Messner said she was “pretty homeless” for a while that year. Mr. Cemper, too, spent a solid part of it feeling he had skidded off the…

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Five Years Later, the Third Time’s the Charm

On a Friday evening in October 2015, Amol Somnath Naik wanted to head home for the day. He was working for Google at the time, and had spent the week accompanying an out-of-town executive to meetings in Atlanta. The final event of the week was a dinner to discuss diversity in the city’s tech industry.…

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