Coronavirus Live Updates: Outbreak in Northern Italy Poses National Challenge

Here’s what you need to know: ImageThe University of Milan, one of Europe’s largest universities, closed on Monday due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Italy.Credit…Andrea Mantovani for The New York Times An ominous quiet descends on Milan, Italy’s business engine. Milan’s normally bustling streets, stores and restaurants are eerily empty. In Italy’s…

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For That PB and J, a Pecan Butter

A new line of pecan butters is hard to resist. They’re just sweet enough, a trifle soupy (chill them, and they firm up) and come in plain, with maple syrup and sea salt; chocolate; espresso (decaf); and cinnamon. They’re superb spooned over ice cream. Sunday Provisions Pecan Butters, $14 for 7.5 ounces, sundayprovisions.com; also $14.95…

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How to Serve Fonio

Is fonio the new quinoa? This African grain, native to the regions just south of the Sahara, has been given that label. It has a lot going for it, as Pierre Thiam, a New York chef from Senegal, explains in his elegant cookbook. Fonio is easy and fast to grow. It’s also drought-resistant, nutritious, gluten-free…

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A Food Conference Heads to Pittsburgh

This year, the annual food conference held by International Association of Culinary Professionals (I.A.C.P.) will be held March 27 to 29 in Pittsburgh. There will be dozens of talks, panel discussions and interviews, with personalities like Padma Lakshmi, Rocco DiSpirito, Michel Nischan and Dorie Greenspan. Beth Kracklauer, the food editor of The Wall Street Journal,…

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More Chip in Levain’s Cookie

The gooey, hulking 6-ounce chocolate chip walnut cookie for which Levain Bakery is justifiably famous is about to get some competition, of the bakery’s own making. For its new NoHo location, opening Wednesday, Levain is introducing an equally hefty double chocolate chip cookie without nuts, a knife-and-fork confection worth eating à la mode. It is…

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A New Addition to the Cleaning Cohort

So you check food labels and avoid products with long lists of unpronounceable components. What about cleaning products? For Veles, a new spray-on surface cleaner, Amanda Weeks — an entrepreneur from Staten Island, with a background in marketing — turned back the clock to the 19th-century pantry, when vinegar and baking soda were the Fantastik…

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