25 Pairs of Perfect White Boots

Seemingly impractical (and totally ‘90s), white boots are officially a wardrobe fixture — and per the runways of Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, and Proenza Schouler, the trend is going strong in 2019. From ultra-sleek ankle boots to lug-sole stompers and to-the-knee styles, now’s the time to shop our new-season favorites. Does any other boot make an…

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Front Burner: A Book That Gets to the Bottom of Green-Bean Casserole

The masterful tentacles of advertising and public relations have manipulated the American table for more than a century. Christina Ward, the author of “American Advertising Cookbooks,” describes the promotional cookbooks of the 1930s to ’70s to tell the story, but she covers a longer timeline, giving the history of cookbooks, of branded food products and…

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Front Burner: A Japanese Shop, Now With More Food

About five years ago, Hitoshi Sagaseki opened J+B Design, a store in a garagelike space that sold mostly Japanese goods for the home, some clothing, jewelry and personal care products, as well as food items. Several months ago, he expanded the food component. Now, there’s a wall of Japanese packaged snacks, soup mixes, teas, spices,…

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A Good Appetite: Velvety Chicken Breasts, Poached in Your Oven

A slow, gentle poach in an oven isn’t as sexy as a fast cook over the jumping flames of a burner or grill. There’s no caramelization, no glistening black at the edges, no siren song of sizzling. But for perfectly silky chicken breasts, cooked without drying out or turning rubbery, a placid poaching is the…

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Front Burner: Butter for Your Compound

Flavored butters present no real challenge for a home cook to make. But having several on hand is a convenience that Josh Green, who studied at the Institute of Culinary Education, understands. His company, Brooklyn Buttery, is the result. He uses butter from small farms upstate and in Vermont and seasons them with Sriracha, maple,…

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Front Burner: Four Days of Rhône

The sommelier Daniel Johnnes — who for many years has run La Paulée, a multifaceted event covering Burgundy wines with tastings, seminars and meals — is doing much the same for Rhône wines with La Tablée. The event, from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, includes a three-hour walk-around tasting (open to the public for $150)…

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Explorer: A Family Ski Adventure in the Himalayas

Last winter, as I was riding in a car with my family through the Kashmir Valley, the driver’s phone rang. He listened carefully before frowning. “What’s going on?” I asked. “Man killed in avalanche.” “Who?” “A Russian, skier, went by helicopter.” “Where?” I asked. “Where else?’’ The driver shrugged. “Gulmarg.” Gulmarg. That’s exactly where I…

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Craft Beer Looks Beyond ‘Young White Dudes With Beards’

Thousands of craft beer brewers across the country have a problem: Sales are slowing, tastes are changing and stiff competition is coming from new directions. Wine and spirits have cut into market share. Cannabis deregulation looms. Despite a dozen years of growth in the industry, some people in the business are wondering aloud if the…

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Global Health: A Silver Bullet Against the Brain-Eating Amoeba?

The brain-eating monsters are real enough — they lurk in freshwater ponds in much of the United States. Now scientists may have discovered a new way to kill them. Minuscule silver particles coated with anti-seizure drugs one day may be adapted to halt Naegleria fowleri, an exceptionally lethal microbe that invades through the sinuses and…

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