These Are the Best Baking Cookbooks of 2019

Has our national obsession with baking shows made us savvier bakers? Do we now think nothing of folding together a batch of homemade puff pastry after binge-watching a season of “The Great British Baking Show”? Are we better versed in the ways of fondant after a “Nailed It!” spree? If I had to gauge the…

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A Tour of the Japanese Table at Chikarashi Isso in the Financial District

Headliner Chikarashi Isso Chikarashi, the counter-service restaurants on the edge of Chinatown and in NoMad, give poke bowls a Japanese touch. Now the owners are diving deeper into that country’s culinary aesthetic with a full-service restaurant interpreting kappo-style cuisine; think omakase with inventive cooked food. Here, Ivy Tsang, Jonathan Chu, and their chef and partner,…

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Fake Meat vs. Real Meat

The meat industry has a warning for consumers: Beware of plant-based meat. That is the message behind a marketing campaign by the Center for Consumer Freedom, a public relations firm whose financial supporters have included meat producers and others in the food industry. In recent weeks the group has placed full-page ads in The New…

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Serving Up West Virginia History, Not All of It Sweet

LOST CREEK, W. Va. — At the dinners hosted by Lost Creek Farm, each dish tells a different story about Appalachian identity. Three varieties of corn served in a sweet chowder at an October dinner were grown from kernels saved by generations of Shawnee, Osage and other Native Americans who were long ago forced off…

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Why Stress When You Can See a Wedding Therapist?

Parts of Shira Notrika’s wedding planning were fun. And parts definitely were not. Ms. Notrika, 30, who lives in London and is qualifying to be a lawyer there, was married Oct 27. She was happy with her wedding location, an underground ballroom that used to be an 18th century vault. She also thought it was…

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In the New World of Whiskeys, Australia Strives to Stand Out

Is the whiskey world becoming more like the wine world? These days, not only does every state in America have a distillery — Hawaiian single malt, anyone? — but so do many countries far beyond the whiskey heartlands of Kentucky and Scotland: France, Germany, India, Japan and even Taiwan and Australia all have robust distilling…

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F.D.A. Nominee Clears Senate Panel

A Senate committee on Tuesday advanced the nomination of Dr. Stephen Hahn, a noted oncologist and cancer researcher, to lead the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Hahn, chief medical executive at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, was nominated by President Trump last month to replace Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who left the job…

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Nami Nori Gets Hand Rolls Right, and Other Details Too

Nami Nori has modest goals and a limited menu. It isn’t breaking much culinary ground, and dinner there won’t last much more than an hour. But its ideas about value are fresh, and it gets things right that other, similar places aren’t even paying attention to. It opened eight weeks ago on Carmine Street in…

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Gabriela Hearst to Donate 100 Percent of Proceeds to Help Children in Yemen

From December 2 to 9, luxury women’s fashion designer Gabriela Hearst will donate all net proceeds from her flagship and online stores to Save the Children, a nonprofit organization that supports relief efforts in Yemen. To support this initiative, the designer will also make her eclectic handbag collection (which is usually accessible by request only)…

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Fashion Awards: The Night by the Numbers

London, for all its current woes, remains incredibly good at getting dressed up. Keep calm and carry on has long been the city’s mantra. And the Fashion Awards, held Monday night against a backdrop of the coming general election, Brexit and a terror attack on London Bridge late last week, proved no exception. So there…

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