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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Five Places to Visit in London

There’s London and then there’s Richard Curtis’s London. The 62-year-old filmmaker has spun the city into a cozy, romantic oasis in back-to-back cinematic hits — from “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Notting Hill” to ”Love Actually.” His latest film is “Yesterday,” a comedy about the enduring power of the Beatles. Mr. Curtis was born…

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Audre Lorde’s Berlin

“I come here to read my poetry tonight as a black feminist lesbian poet,” said Audre Lorde, standing onstage in a dashiki and head wrap, to a mesmerized West Berlin audience at the Amerika Haus in June 1984. At the time, the Wall was still standing, and the western part of the divided city was…

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How the Founder of Clark’s Botanicals Spends His Sundays

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] In May of 2002, Francesco Clark’s life radically changed when he dove into the shallow end of a stranger’s pool. His neurosurgeon at the time said he had a permanent spinal cord injury, rendering Mr. Clark paralyzed and unable…

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