But Does It Tell You When a Melon Is Ripe?

“The Melon” is Amy Goldman’s fifth book, and as with her other titles, it’s a visual stunner and a revelation. It represents nine years of cultivating, studying, tasting and having Victor Schrager on hand to photograph 125 kinds of melons at her farm in Rhinebeck in the Hudson Valley. Who knew there was a Khandalak…

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The Ingredients Yotam Ottolenghi Uses Most

LONDON — There are a few ingredients that I now keep safely up my sleeve and add to my food only as an absolute last resort. I do this because I know that if I were left to my own devices, I would probably use them in every single meal. I guess there isn’t anything terribly…

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Desserts for the Jewish New Year

Breads Bakery has made it easy to go beyond apple cake and honey cake for Rosh Hashana this year. A delectable Russian-inspired pastry called medovik has layers of buckwheat-honey pastry alternating with a sour cream and mascarpone filling. A beautiful macindvash has a shiny green apple exterior enclosing apple mousse, Calvados and caramelized apple, all…

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The Best (and Weirdest) Looks from London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week has a reputation for being a little weird, a little wild, and a lot posh. Literally: Victoria Beckham celebrated her tenth anniversary as a designer with a collection of chic ’70s tailoring and flowing dresses, far from her little Gucci dress heyday. Click through to see ELLE.com’s favorite looks from her Spring…

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‘Oh-Oh, Ay-Ay!’ Riding to an Italian Rhythm on the Transumanza

“Expect four days of sacrifices,” Carmelina Colantuono told me a week before I left New Jersey to travel with her family and their 300 podolica cows from Puglia, where the cattle pass the colder months, to their home in the Molise region of Italy. I was joining an eager band of cowboys, herders and pilgrims,…

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Ladurée Adds Vegan Delights to the Menu

No one is storming the Bastille, but there is a revolution at Ladurée, the French restaurant group based in Paris. It’s going vegan, entirely so at its Beverly Hills location, and it will offer many of its plant-based options elsewhere, including in New York. Elisabeth Holder, an owner of the family-run company, said her brother,…

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An Anthony Bourdain Auction Will Include His Treasured Knife

A collection of belongings left behind by Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef and television star who died in June 2018, will be sold in an online auction in October. Sixty percent of the proceeds of the auction will go to Mr. Bourdain’s wife, Ottavia Busia, and daughter, Ariane. (Mr. Bourdain and Ms. Busia were separated…

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Pomegranate Mandelbrot for Rosh Hashana

Mandelbrot, a.k.a. Jewish biscotti, have taken on a special significance for Rosh Hashana at By the Way Bakery, a kosher, gluten-free and dairy-free group, with four locations in Manhattan, Westchester County and Connecticut. Its new mandelbrot come studded with tart-sweet pomegranate seeds, rimon in Hebrew, symbolic for the New Year holiday because the pomegranate, with…

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Here’s Your Monday Night Dinner

Good morning. René Magritte made a painting of this day in 1956, a Surrealist depiction of a crescent moon hanging in a tree, rather than in the sky behind it. It’s a quiet, powerful work. The moon disrupts our sense of depth and leaves us unsettled, as if in a house of mirrors, as if…

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