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Playing With Your Food

Playing With Your Food

Food photographer Tatiana Shkondina plays with food for a living. Where some may see her work as nothing more than a recipe illustration, Shkondina clearly views it as an art. To drive the point home, she recreated a series of classic paintings using only the medium of food. I’d love to visit the delicious museum these plates would hang in. Piet Mondrian: Vincent Van Gogh:   Andy Warhol: Salvador Dali: Rene Magritte: To find more of […]

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January 9, 2015 at 9:00 amCulture

Anna Savittieri’s Documentary ‘The Tipping Point’

Anna Savittieri’s Documentary ‘The Tipping Point’

Anna Savittieri is an undergraduate student at McGill University in Canada and a young filmmaker. After listening to a Freakonomics episode about the economics of working at a restaurant, she began to look more closely a the politics of the tipped wage. As a political science major, this part was easy. But to bring her thoughts to the masses, she’d have to make her first documentary short. Though she’d done smaller projects before, nothing had […]

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January 8, 2015 at 8:49 amCulture Multimedia

Take Your Dream Vacation in a Gingerbread House

Take Your Dream Vacation in a Gingerbread House

How would you like to stay in a cozy gingerbread cabin for the holidays? Or is a gingerbread camper more your style? For the fanciest among you, there’s even a modern gingerbread home to satisfy all your architectural desires. The homes are the product of a for-charity advertising campaign by the McKinney agency. To organize your stay, visit their host site Gingerbread bnb (if only this were a real Airbnb spinoff) and book your trip. Just don’t […]

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December 17, 2014 at 8:00 amCulture

These Cookies Are Too Pretty to Eat

These Cookies Are Too Pretty to Eat

Are you hoping to up your holiday cookie game this year? Let pastry chef Amber Spiegel be your inspiration. Her intricate cookie designs seem more at home on a knitted sweater than an edible good. It can take her up to 45 minutes to decorate a single cookie and she’s now somehow turned this into a full-time career. Her YouTube page is full set of step-by-step instructions for these winter cookies and other gratuitously designed […]

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December 3, 2014 at 8:00 amColumns Culture Table Scraps

How to Roast a Turkey the Right Way

How to Roast a Turkey the Right Way

Is it your first time hosting a Thanksgiving dinner? Are you trying to make up for the dried crisp of a bird you made last year? Whatever your reasons, enjoy this helpful guide created by Aly Miller for Local Roots NYC before stepping into the kitchen. Local Roots NYC is an innovative Brooklyn-based CSA program that sources from local farmers, fishers, cheese-makers and artisanal producers. In addition to offering New Yorkers a taste of the CSA […]

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November 24, 2014 at 8:00 amCulture Multimedia

This Pop-Up Cocktail List Just Changed the Menu Game

Photo: Toby Summerskill

Menu design is a curious discipline. The way a restaurant styles their list of eats says as much (and maybe more) about them as the decor and foods themselves. There’s the “ethnic” restaurant menu, most commonly seen in small Asian or Mexican establishments, where full-color photos dominate and descriptions are hard to find. You’ve got your old school fine dining menu with a cursive script on thick white paper, encased in a leather folder. If […]

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November 19, 2014 at 8:00 amCulture

If Famous Artists Had Played With Their Thanksgiving Meals

If Famous Artists Had Played With Their Thanksgiving Meals

San Francisco-based artist Hannah Rothstein has taken the simple Thanksgiving meal – turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, and corn – and turned it into a work of art. Ten images show what a plate might look like if it had been put together by Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, and others. If you thought playing with your food was just for children, these dishes will prove you wrong. Table Scraps is […]

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November 14, 2014 at 8:00 amColumns Culture Table Scraps

This Book Will Turn You Into a Healthy Eater – Diet Not Included

This Book Will Turn You Into a Healthy Eater – Diet Not Included

When you go to a buffet do you: A. Pick up a plate and start filling it with the first thing you see? B. Do a quick sweep to find your favorite foods? Once you’ve gotten your food do you: A. Sit in a table closest to the buffet in a seat where you can keep your eye on it? B. Sit near a window or in a secluded place facing away from the buffet? […]

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November 12, 2014 at 8:00 amCulture Reviews

Honey + Schmaltz Shows the Non-Latke Side of Jewish Cuisine

Credit: Sari Kamin

“People don’t think, ‘Oh my god, that incredible Jewish food restaurant.’” Sari Kamin says. “It’s not a revered cuisine. It’s not French cuisine. It’s not Italian cuisine.” Despite all this and partially because of it, Kamin started Honey + Schmaltz, a project to collect Jewish recipes and the stories behind them. It all started in the final year of a Master’s program in food studies. Kamin had to develop a project – a thesis of […]

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November 5, 2014 at 8:00 amCulture Features

When Fast Food Slows Down

When Fast Food Slows Down

You know the market for artisinal, craft foods is booming when some of the world’s biggest food companies try to cash in on the action. Fast food and soda have been scrambling to stay relevant with that key group of consumers you hear so much about – millennials. Sales of cheap, sweet sodas, burgers, fries, tacos, and more have been slowing for a decade or more. Per capita soda consumption in the United States has […]

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October 22, 2014 at 8:00 amCulture Features