Fresh Beans Come Out of Their Shell

Summer cooking is all about fresh vegetables. It’s the season for salads, leafy and otherwise. Nearly every offering at the produce stand qualifies. Just now, beans of every stripe are making their way to the market. From my perspective, beans ranks high on the scale of superb summer vegetables. Their flavor is as heavenly as…

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This Fruit Should Go in Everything

I’m in the honeymoon phase of summer cooking, the golden time before I can’t even look at the six zucchini that are in permanent residence in my fridge. Right now I’m especially enamored of nectarines and peaches — for breakfast, for snacks, for dinner, for dessert. (Nectarines are in fact superior to peaches, but both…

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First an E-ZPass, Then the Diamond Ring

The night Millicent Cooley celebrated her 58th birthday and Anthony Duncan dropped to one knee and pulled out a small box from his pocket, party guests held their breath. “This was in May 2013, and Tony and I had only been dating six months,” said Ms. Cooley, who was living in Morristown, N.J., at the…

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The Rise of the Spice Girls Generation

When, through the nighttime murk of the Amazon River, an electric eel locates a feeder fish, what happens next is instantaneous: A jolt of electricity surges through the fish’s nerves. Its muscles contract simultaneously, and it is transformed into a living, floating statue. This is roughly the same reaction that women born between Labor Day…

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For the Hottest Grilled Chicken, Double the Spices

In most renditions of bhatti da murgh (Punjabi grilled chicken), the spices are something you taste but do not feel. Ground into a powder and mixed into the marinade, they slip quietly onto your tongue, almost without warning, before bursting into a fireball of musky, tangy, smoky flavors — the more pungent, the better. This…

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Medical News Today: Metabolic factors likely contribute to anorexia

Scientists have defined anorexia nervosa as a metabolic as well as a psychiatric illness. They suggest that treatments should address the hybrid nature of the potentially lethal eating disorder. A new study explores the genetic underpinnings of anorexia nervosa. The international team of more than 100 researchers studied the DNA of tens of thousands of…

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All Hail Samin Nosrat!

Good morning. Samin Nosrat has a beautiful column in The New York Times Magazine this week that sadly will be her last for at least the rest of the year, as she heads off into the world to travel, learn, eat and cook, in part so she can bring us a whole library of exciting…

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Beach House Designed by Robert A.M. Stern

An architectural alien dressed in shingles and passing itself off as just another roomy East Hampton beach house — no one will be fooled — is on the market at 33 Ocean Avenue for $9.5 million. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern, the former dean of the Yale School of Architecture, and completed in 1975, the…

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26 No-Cook Dinners for a Heat Wave

Image Freds’ chicken salad.CreditDavid Malosh for The New York Times. Food Stylist: Simon Andrews. Julia Moskin’s best gazpacho.CreditLinda Xiao for The New York Times. Food Stylist: Monica Pierini. This creamy and cold Sevillian soup hits the spot on a hot summer’s day. Emulsifying tomatoes with garden vegetables and olive oil produces a smooth, airy texture…

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