A Whole New World for Halvah

Craft halvahs have been gaining ground for a few years, and the definition of halvah — the ground sesame-seed confection from the Middle East, — has expanded to include offbeat flavors. The women who created and run Seed & Mill in Chelsea Market sell chocolate-orange, white chocolate-raspberry, and sweet pecan, among others, all quarried from…

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The Story of Windows on the World

“The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World” recounts the saga of Windows on the World, at the top of the World Trade Center. Tom Roston’s book begins and ends with the restaurant’s destruction on Sept. 11. Many of those who worked at the restaurant, Mr. Roston said, thought of themselves as family, and as in…

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Like Wheat Thins, but Better

Wheat Thins were never like this. The crackers that I once doted on delivered grain and salt, but never herbal Middle Eastern za’atar; golden, peppery hawaij, a blend of turmeric and other spices from Yemen; or North African harissa, with its ruddy tint and vibrant heat. But those are the flavors in a new line…

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Zendaya Can Change the World

Social change follows its own timeline. It was in the prehistoric 1990s that I began to report on racial inequities in fashion serious enough to attract the attention of the commissioner of Consumer Affairs in New York. In stories I reported at the time, industry players demonstrated a startling lack of concern about the prevalence…

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