Learn About ‘The Politics of the Potato’

The potato, as Rebecca Earle, the author of “Feeding the People,” this detailed, scholarly survey, puts it, is “a fantastically successful global food stuff.” It was all but unknown before the 16th century outside its native Andean region, where it had been appreciated for some 10,000 years. Healthful, tasty and economical, it has been tied…

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A Documentary on Women in the Restaurant Business

To highlight the challenges women face in the restaurant business, not just as chefs but also as owners and in jobs like butchers, KitchenAid, the kitchen appliance company, has commissioned “A Woman’s Place,” a documentary by Rayka Zehtabchi and produced by Digitas, Ventureland and Vox Creative. The 29-minute film follows Karyn Tomlinson, a Minneapolis chef;…

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Chocolate and Art from Mast and the Met

Mast, the chocolate makers originally based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, but now in Mount Kisco, N.Y., teamed up with the Metropolitan Museum of Art two years ago to create a special assortment of bars for the gift shop, each wrapped in paintings from the Met. Some are notably well matched, like Katsushika Hokusai’s “Under the Wave…

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Learn to Shuck Oysters at Seamore’s

With so many oyster producers now shipping directly to home addresses, it pays to be schooled in opening them, a worthwhile party trick that requires guidance and equipment. Both are on offer, along with oyster-friendly wine tastings, at Seamore’s in Battery Park City, part of a group of seafood restaurants with locations around New York…

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5 Standout Recipes From Julia Reed, an Irreverent Voice of the South

Julia Reed, the Southern journalist who died of cancer on Friday at 59, cooked very much the way she lived. Which is to say, she was really into it. Both her appetite and her writing reflected a bawdy sophistication wrapped in a very pretty Southern shawl. Ms. Reed was a daughter of the South and…

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2020 MTV VMAs: Lady Gaga’s Masks Were the Winners

The question of what the red carpet, that weird celebrity style ritual that reached its apogee in the early 21st century as a marketing/social media/fashion Frankenstein’s monster, would become in a Covid-19 world — could it still exist at all, when most people have given up on party dressing entirely — was finally answered Sunday…

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3 Highly Portable Picnic Options That Aren’t Sandwiches

These days, most of us aren’t hosting dinner parties or meeting friends at our favorite restaurants. We’re greeting friends at the park or on the beach for socially distanced picnics. Sandwiches, paradigms of the hand-held genre, are well and good for a picnic, but there are so many other highly portable, satisfying recipes. Buns and…

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VMAs Recap: Lady Gaga, The Weeknd, and More

As late as this month, the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards were still scheduled to be staged in person at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, though little to no audience was expected because of the ongoing pandemic. Instead, the network announced on Aug. 7 that outdoor performances would be “more feasible and safer than an…

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11 Silk Pajamas That Make Staying Home Easy

If quarantine has you sick of sweatpants and oversized t-shirts, it’s time to invest in the next best thing that’s equally as comfortable and reliable: silk pajamas. Don’t sleep on the power of a good pair of pjs. Proper sleepwear not only helps you sleep peacefully, but slipping into a soft, color-coordinated outfit makes you…

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‘I Miss No One.’ (She’s Kidding. Kind of.)

Hundreds of thousands of people want to know two things about Elsa Majimbo. Where did she get her “Matrix”-esque sunglasses? And what kind of chips is she eating? For the past four months, the 19-year-old Kenyan comedian has been wearing black shades and crunching on snacks while filming herself express pretend contempt about all those…

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