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Knife Skills 101

When you feel confident in the kitchen, it opens up a world of possibilities to feed your potential. And that confidence often starts with picking up (or brushing up) on cooking basics, including knife skills. Why? Knowing how to cut fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, and more will make it easier to prepare healthy meals in …

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The Right Way to Complain

In a perfect world, every restaurant reservation would be seated exactly on time and every steak would arrive precisely cooked to temperature. But dine out often enough and inevitably you’ll find cause for complaint. Whether it’s a casual neighborhood spot, fast-food chain, or a fine dining destination, restaurants are complex operations, meaning a lot of …

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The Desperate and the Insane: 3 Reasons Why Chefs are a Dying Breed – 1

We live in the age of the Celebrity Chef. Portraits of the crisp white jacket and dental-advertisement smile assail us at every turn. Bookstore shelves heave under the voguish glut of cookbooks, the covers gleaming with photo-shopped images of a foodies wet dream. Sexed-up dishes artfully manipulated by food stylists defy the imperfect genius of …

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The Desperate and the Insane: 3 Reasons Why Chefs are a Dying Breed – 2

2. Clash of the Generations Marco Pierre White, the first British chef (and youngest chef anywhere) to win three Michelin stars, is considered by many to be the first modern-day culinary idol. Labelled by the press in the late-1980s as the “enfant terrible of haute cuisine” and the “anarchic Byron of the backburner,” he trained in …

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What Words Like “Fresh” Really Tell You About How Fancy Your Food Is

You are what you eat. So the words that describe your food should tell you something about what you’re eating. But that’s not always the case. Linguists have studied the words written about food on menus, restaurant reviews, and food packaging, and as linguist Dan Jurafsky explains in his book “The Language of Food,” what they’ve …

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