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Joan Roca on Catalan Comfort Food and the Future of Fine Dining

Long before the pandemic walloped fine-dining restaurants the world over, the writing was on the wall in Spain: molecular gastronomy was out. The foamed, centrifuged, and spherified wonders that put Catalonia and the Basque region at the culinary forefront in the aughts had all but lost their novelty. The pendulum had swung back toward minimalist, …

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Meet the Sweet Star of Maneet Chauhan’s Diwali Table

For Chopped judge and Nashville restaurateur Maneet Chauhan, Diwali has long been a source of sweet memories—many of them tied to a lavish holiday dessert. The five-day-long pandenominational holiday takes place during the autumn month of Kartika on the Hindu calendar (early November, this year), and is often called the “festival of lights.” This nickname …

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The World’s Very First Orange Wine Store Opens In New York City

If you’ve visited a natural wine bar in the past few years, odds are you’ve tasted orange wine. Once a niche Georgian style, the amber-hued beverage has become the trendy darling of organic and biodynamic wine wonks the world over. Made from white grapes, orange wine gets its sunny tint from “skin contact”—that is, being …

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Talking Hawaiian Home Cooking with Sheldon Simeon

The Hawaiian phrase kama’āina has multiple meanings, but the most direct translation is “child of the land.” This has changed over time to embrace everyone local to the islands, regardless of their racial heritage. For Maui-based chef and Cook Real Hawai’i author Sheldon Simeon, the expression underscores the love for culture and community that comes …

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