Special Sauce: Author and Playwright Jenny Allen o...

Special Sauce: Author and Playwright Jenny Allen o…

[Photograph: David Welch. Cookie photograph: Vicky Wasik] Jenny Allen, the humorist and author of the guffaw-inducing new book Would Everybody Please Stop: Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas, derives as much pleasure from eating as anyone I know. Consider this anecdote she shared with me about her food-loving stepmother: “One day she said, ‘I […]

Toum Is the Garlicky Eggless Mayo That Goes With E...

Toum Is the Garlicky Eggless Mayo That Goes With E…

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik] Whenever my husband and I order delivery from our favorite Lebanese place, the center of the meal isn’t the chicken shawarma or the mixed grill for two—it’s the potent garlic sauce, toum. Despite my desperate messages for extra toum, they never pack more than three 2-ounce containers of the stuff. I carefully […]

A Day in the Life of a Dim Sum Cart

A Day in the Life of a Dim Sum Cart

[Photograph, video, and GIF: Natalie Holt] If you were a dim sum cart, what would you see? It’s a question we asked each other idly one afternoon, only to find ourselves increasingly obsessed with uncovering the answer. There’s an element of spectatorship that comes with visiting a bustling dim sum restaurant. You’re surrounded by a […]

Key Lime Meets Lemon Meringue in This Citrusy Crea...

Key Lime Meets Lemon Meringue in This Citrusy Crea…

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik] Cream pies are an American tradition dating back to the early 1800s, when they were invariably served in a flaky pastry crust and topped with meringue—the eponymous “cream” referred to the dairy in their custard filling. I’ve gone over the logic behind that convention before, in my explanation of why I top […]

Special Sauce: Resy’s Ben Leventhal on the Growing...

Special Sauce: Resy’s Ben Leventhal on the Growing…

[Photograph: Courtesy of Resy. Spicy Spring pizza photograph: Vicky Wasik] When Resy‘s Ben Leventhal, who has been involved in at least five food-related start-ups, speaks about entrepreneurship, I am all ears. Here are just a couple of the pearls of wisdom that came out of our in-depth conversation: “What I do try to say to […]

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