Hummus, the Book

The title of this lavish gift volume on hummus is rendered in Arabic, English and Hebrew. The book, written by a team of Israelis, tours cities in the Middle East, exploring how they use chickpeas, not just in hummus but also in falafel, stews and other dishes, and even fashioned in gold as a prize…

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Gift a Brick of Caviar

Calvisius, the Northern Italian farmed caviar company, sells an innovative and useful type of dried caviar. Made from California white sturgeon roe and shaped like an ingot, the caviar is firm and hard so it can easily be shaved with a grater or potato peeler over scrambled eggs, an omelet, mashed potatoes, pasta, cheese, seafood…

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This Space Is for the Baristas

Cafes that are serious about the coffees they prepare have become commonplace. But here’s a new one that’s also a school and a training ground for baristas, with rigorous courses leading to official certification by the Specialty Coffee Association, a global trade group. Chi Sum Ngai and Kaleena Teoh, who own Coffee Project NY cafes…

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An Olive Oil Adventure Awaits

Olive Oil Jones, which imports oils and vinegars directly from their producers, has introduced tasting kits. Each well-priced box ($65) has four bottles of oil or vinegar, a varied assortment to explore. The oils are Catalan arbequina, Spanish Sierra de Cazorla, Portuguese Cabeço das Nogueiras and Western Sicilian. The vinegar kit has lambrusco, saba, bittersweet…

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Is Palo Santo Endangered?

Palo santo — the aromatic wood that has been used for traditional healing and in spiritual ceremonies in indigenous and mestizo Latin American cultures for centuries — has seen a growth in commercial popularity alongside concerns about its conservation status. Its popularity within the mainstream self-care community is driven by its warm scent when burned…

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