What We're Reading This Week


Refresh your Thanksgiving dessert spread by catering to cake-lovers. [Saveur]


Your daily dose of agricultural controversy: the FDA approved GMO salmon this week. [NPR]


You’ve spatchcocked and deep-fried, but have you smoked a turkey?  [Serious Eats


A Scandinavian hotel chain calls for more sustainable decisions in the hospitality industry by eliminating breakfast meats from its menus. [Grist... Read more >

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Eye Candy: New Orleans Fig Jam Tart with Pecan Shortbread and Peach Leaf Ice Cream


Ten years after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, we were honored to celebrate the city’s resilience with the fabled Brennan family when they brought their historic opulence and modern techniques up North to the Beard House. With a menu devoted to the renowned seafood of the South, host Ralph Brennan and his group of world-class chefs took diners on a tasting of the Bayou’s best with dishes like frogs’ legs croquettes with Creole mustard and crispy Louisiana softshell crab with saffron bisque. A real show-stopper of the evening was the final course, a stunning New Orleans fig jam tart layered with lacquered, sweet fresh figs. A feast for both the eyes and the palate, this dessert was paired with buttery pecan shortbread and an inventive peach leaf ice cream. With an evening filled with contemporary takes on New Orleans classics, it had us itching to book our... Read more >

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Thanksgiving Pie: A New Way to Slice It


“We Americans undoubtedly eat more kinds of pie than any other country,” James Beard wrote in 1979. Early Americans baked sweet and savory pies in round, shallow pans as a way to stretch basic ingredients like flour and lard. The dish was such a staple that most settlers ate it at every meal.


Oh, how times have changed. These days most of us eat pie only once a year—on Thanksgiving—and we tend to stick to our family’s favorite kind, which is almost invariably one of three varieties: apple, pumpkin, or pecan.


This year, why not shake things up a bit around the holiday table by experimenting with a different kind of pie? For inspiration, look no further than these regional American pie-making traditions. 


New England: Boiled Cider Pie
Although... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 22, 2015


A slice of nostalgia: a new book memorializes 100 of New York City's "last authentic pizzerias.” [FWF


Class up your Halloween with some candy-centric wine pairings. [Food52


Not as fishy as it sounds: try adding tonnato, the Italian tuna sauce, to some of your favorite dishes. [Serious Eats


China is destroying its fish-breeding wetlands to make way for electronics factories. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: August 24, 2015



Embrace your inner Francophile with these recipes for classic French desserts. [Saveur


Robin pie, terrapin stew, and other long-lost delicacies from America’s history. [NPR


Pizza is not a vegetable: a new poll shows a whopping 86 percent of Americans support healthier school lunches. [NYT


Meet your new midnight snack: Bulgogi ... Read more >

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Eye Candy: ​Lemon Balm Tarts with Raspberries and Rosé Jelly at Chefs & Champagne

Photo: David Chow


At last month's 25th anniversary of Chefs & Champagne®, our annual summer tasting party in the Hamptons, we honored television personality, chef, and cookbook author Carla Hall​ with flowing Champagne Taittinger, the wines of Wölffer Estate Vineyard, and delectable culinary offerings from a select group of over 40 celebrated chefs. During our much-anticipated fête, chef Colleen Grapes of New York City's Oceana served perhaps one of the daintiest desserts of the evening: subtly sweet lemon balm tarts with raspberries and a gorgeous rosé jelly, all sitting atop a crispy shortbread base. The bright lemon cream was given a burst of flavor from the ripe summer raspberries and couldn't look any prettier with a final flourish of garden flowers.... Read more >

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What We're Reading: August 17, 2015


The history of the humble hamburger, an American classic. [FWF


Ditch your mixing bowl: make whipped cream in a mason jar. [The Kitchn


Food52 weighs in on the “spirit cocktails” of top food media companies. [Food52


Could powdered food be the answer to world hunger? [Mental Floss


A new study reveals that... Read more >

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Video: How to Make James Beard's Blueberry Clafoutis


We've partnered with Simmer, a new app that allows you to generate step-by-step recipe videos that you can create, watch, and share from your very own kitchen. In the coming weeks and months, we'll continue sharing instructional videos that will teach you how to create tantalizing dishes from JBF Award winners, Beard House chefs, and even Beard himself, all prepared in James Beard's historic New York City kitchen.


Clafouti, a classic French dessert from the Limousin region, is traditionally made with sour cherries, but this version becomes all-American with the addition of blueberries. A... Read more >

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'Gram Worthy: Hong Kong Coconut Buns with Roasted Strawberries and Black Vinegar


If you love to see what happens behind the scenes in restaurants, drool over gorgeous food photography, and creep on your favorite chefs (we're majorly guilty of this!), then be sure to follow us on Instagram, where our editors deliver eye-catching dispatches from the Beard House and beyond. 


At last weekend's 25th anniversary of Chefs & Champagne®, our annual summer tasting party in the Hamptons, we honored television personality, chef, and cookbook author Carla Hall​ with flowing... Read more >

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Top 5 Things to Make with Yogurt in the Summer


Anyone who has walked down the dairy aisle recently has witnessed yogurt's ascendance. What was once a paltry selection of a few fruit flavors plus some nonfat options has morphed into a well-marketed superfood. "It's very much on the radar in a way it wasn't ten years ago," says Cheryl Sternman Rule, author of Yogurt Culture. "Yogurt has taken over the dairy case."


And for good reason. Yogurt is a staple of myriad world cuisines—Greek, Indian, Pakistani, Turkish—and it's extremely healthy in ways both well-established (as a source of protein and calcium) and still emerging (as a source of healthy bacteria in our microbiomes). It's also delicious, particularly in summer, when its cool, creamy tang... Read more >

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