Spirit Yourself Away for a Sip or Two

Most cocktail books are small, handy volumes. Not so this lavish, gift-worthy stunner. It has more than 600 recipes, most documented with history-filled headnotes, beautiful photographs and even a gold ribbon to hold your place. I loved the Old Cuban by Audrey Saunders, made with rum and Champagne, and the pre-Prohibition English cobbler deepened with…

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A Chocolate Maker Takes a New Path

Justine Pringle has stepped away from her Nunu Chocolates in Brooklyn and has a new venture, North South Confections. (A former partner will run Nunu.) Her first assortment has dark chocolate squares with caramelized fruit fillings and abstract Jackson Pollock-style tracings. There are six flavors packaged together: passion fruit, lime, citrusy tropical naranjilla, coconut, strawberry…

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Old New York Flavor, in a Jar

Monte’s Venetian Room, a restaurant that, in its heyday, attracted local politicians and celebrities like Frank Sinatra, is still in business in Gowanus, Brooklyn. These days, it’s just called Monte’s, though the Monte family is no longer involved. PJ Monte — a grandnephew of Nick Monte, who owned the restaurant with his brothers — is…

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82 Best Comfort Food Recipes

ImageCredit…David Malosh for The New York Times Ali Slagle’s recipe fuses French onion soup with macaroni and cheese — two comfort foods in one. Added bonus: Caramelizing two pounds of onions can be therapeutic. Credit…Romulo Yanes for The New York Times. Food Stylist: Vivian Lui. Credit…Ryan Liebe for The New York Times. Food Stylist: Simon Andrews.…

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