Satisfying as a Pie, but as Easy as Cookies

If you crave the juicy, jammy essence of a fruit tart but can only muster languid summer energy to make it, let me introduce you to the crostata. I met my first crostata through my friend Elizabeth Minchilli. An American food writer living in Rome, she’s made her way through dozens of crostata variations over…

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The Dinner Everyone Freaks Out Over

On Saturday night, we had dinner at my brother’s place, pulling up to his house at the end of a blazing hot day to find he had made a full taco night spread, a mirage shimmering just past the front door. These were not tacos in the “It was like I was at the market…

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Don’t Call It Pilaf

Potato salad has its charms, but you probably wouldn’t eat a whole plate of it. Rice salad, on the other hand, can make a fine summer meal. Popular throughout the Mediterranean, there are many types, and all are summery. Italians claim insalata di riso as their own. There are variations, of course. In the North,…

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Finding Clarity in Their Partnerships

Shortly after Olivia Landau discovered Kyle Simon in July 2013 at the Gemological Institute of America in New York, where each was studying precious stones, she went underground to unearth more information about him. “Kyle was so handsome, and I noticed that he often looked at me at school, and I definitely wanted to have…

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This Is the Best Chicken

Good morning. Maangchi, the YouTube cooking star whose real name is Emily Kim, was on vacation on the far eastern end of Long Island this summer, staying in a condominium just steps from the Montauk beach. One day I went out to visit her, and she taught me to make cheese buldak (above), fiery chicken…

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Where I Find Romance in Marriage

I feared that my childhood had ruined me for romance. My mother raised me alone, just the two of us, in five states and nine different houses. Sometimes we were broke, but we always had fun. She made every day beautiful. We ate pancakes for dinner, grew watermelon in the garden, picked raspberries. I had…

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Finding the Right Place for a Home Office

Earlier this year, I faced a conundrum that many of us who work from home know well: Where in the house can I actually work? Unless you’re blessed with a home large enough for a dedicated office, or are a truly nomadic worker and able to set up shop on a sofa with nothing more…

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Margaret Fulton Brought the World to the Australian Table

The Australia Letter is a weekly newsletter from our Australia bureau. Sign up to get it by email. This week’s issue is written by Tacey Rychter, an audience editor and writer based in Sydney. ______ When news broke Wednesday that Margaret Fulton, the best-selling Australian cookbook author, died at 94, many people posted photos of…

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Do Lox and Other Smoked Fish Increase Cancer Risk?

Q. Does eating smoked fish, such as smoked salmon or whitefish, increase the risk of colorectal cancer or other cancers, the way processed and deli meats do? A. It might. From a cancer risk perspective, the American Institute for Cancer Research considers smoked and cured fish in the same category as processed meats. Though other…

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Overcrowded and More Dangerous, Mont Blanc Faces a Crisis

The Goûter Refuge — a futuristic structure that clings to a cliff at 12,516 feet — is, for many people, the final stop en route to the top of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe, straddling the border between France and Italy. Every summer at least 20,000 people attempt the 15,776-foot summit. The…

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