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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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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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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