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The best cookbooks of 2018
This year’s offerings were personal, evocative, and focused on the joy of everyday cooking.
Want just one cup? Try the Brew It Stick
The Brew It Stick ($14.95) has a fine nylon mesh basket to make a lone mug of French press-like java with little effort.
2 new studies take a little more sizzle out of red meat
Researchers say a diet rich in red meat increases people’s circulating levels of a substance that can lead to the development of cardiovascular disease.
How to show you care with food, in the most helpful way
Author Janet Reich Elsbach takes a look at how helping people with meals in times of stress not only provides nourishment, but comfort and pleasure at times when all can be in short supply.
Recipe: Pack a box of roasted-almond cookies for the nut lovers on your list
The almonds to use in these soft, chewy cookies are roasted but have no other flavors; they’re not salted, nor skinned. They add an intense nutty flavor to the buttery dough.
Recipe: Wrap up sugary, chewy oatmeal-date cookies to give away as gifts
Here’s a neat tip for prepping dates: To prevent the dates from sticking to your knife, coat the blade with nonstick cooking spray.
Recipe: Homemade multi-grain pancake mix is a great gift for a family with children of all ages
Four flours in this pancake mix give it lots of texture and flavor. Scoop it into cellophane bags and add your own label with instructions for using the mix.
Getting Salty with Sheila Borges-Foley of Neighborhood Restaurant & Bakery
Lines snake down the block for weekend breakfast at the Union Square eatery. Borges-Foley runs the restaurant, which her late brother opened in 1983.
Recipe: Sweet and salty toasted pecans make a fine gift — if you can part with them
After you make these nuts to give away, keep them under lock and key because you can’t eat just one.
Recipe: Give jars of homemade red sauce to your harried friends to make nightly supper a breeze
Homemade red sauce, paired with dried pasta (store-bought or otherwise) makes a wonderful holiday gift. Add olive oil, a wedge or Parmesan, and a crusty loaf to make your gift grander.
HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS
This feels like a practical year, a wool-sweater moment, a time to make your own gifts of food
Cooks who aren’t particularly craftsy are giving friends gifts they’ve made, not just cookies — though who can resist a bag of cookies? — but pantry and fridge items to get you through the work week.
N.H. police investigate theft of $5,000 worth of wine from liquor outlet
Police said the thefts happened at the Interstate 93 northbound store in Hooksett.
Dark Matter Glasses will liven up your lowball glass collection
Cambridge glass-blowing artist Andrew Iannazzi has attracted attention for his cool, colorful tiki mugs he creates with iconic faces. He has now introduced a new line — vividly colored lowball or rocks glasses for sipping scotch, an old fashioned, or whatever else you might want.
Add a little culture to your life (and your bread)
Cultured butter may sound sophisticated, but it’s really just old-fashioned goodness.
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Recipes: Beans are the star in these quick skillet suppers
Short on time? Try these globe-trotting dishes.
School lunch rules OK refined grains, low-fat chocolate milk
The national school lunch program is making room on menus again for noodles, biscuits, tortillas and other foods made mostly of refined grains.
Shore Leave: a subterranean tiki party in the South End
The Bar Mezzana crew goes underground with rum-filled drinks and Asian-inspired finger food.
Crema Café to close, but the news isn’t all bad: Revival expands and Bluestone Lane moves in
Restaurant news you can use.
Breaking: Area nutrition professor advocates for actual nutrition
Only six fries? Internet, you’ve got better things to freak about.
Here, there, and everywhere
Travel news you can use.
Wahlburgers to open in London in the spring
The local burger chain will join competitors like Shake Shack and Five Guys when it opens across the pond.
Celebration for Kids raises over $1 million, draws more than 60 local restaurants
The Rodman for Kids 16th Annual Celebration for Kids gala raised more than $1 million on Saturday, and proceeds from the event will go to youth organizations throughout Massachusetts.
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Pagu: A restaurant named for the chef’s dog, where dishes deserve to have their picture taken
The menu at Pagu in Cambridge throws a net around Spain, Japan, Taiwan, and of-the-moment American food culture and pulls it comfortably snug.
New cookbook offers recipes for latkes, kugel — and flank steak sandwiches
“From Our Kitchens: Recipes and Stories from the Boston Jewish Community” features recipes old and new alike.
The Infatuation is here, and it’s infatuated with Boston food
Nine years after its start in New York City, and expansion to culinary hot spots like Los Angeles, Chicago, and Austin, the restaurant recommendation site recently added Boston to its club of 12 home cities.
Home, sweet new home: Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar is coming to Cambridge
The first Milk Bar in Manhattan drew a following with crack pie — a gooey, oat-crusted, butter-and-brown-sugar rush — and cereal milk soft-serve.
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Recipe: Cauliflower is so popular it’s now in a Bolognese ladled over linguine
Roasting cauliflower, caramelizing onions, and burnishing tomato paste with a little sugar to intensify it all give this dish a glorious taste.
Getting Salty with Brian Young of Cultivar and ‘Top Chef’
He will become executive chef at The Emory, a neighborhood bar and kitchen slated to open in April in the Scollay Square space.
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These doughnuts are a little over the top — and people are eating them up
The fluffy, brioche-style rounds at PVDounts are on the larger side, and adorned with elaborate toppings. Some of the more extreme doughnuts resemble plated desserts.
Here are 3 more Rhode Island doughnut shops to try
These sweet treats are worth a road trip.
‘Israeli Soul’ is part cookbook and part travel guide
This is the third volume for authors Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook, co-owners of several Philadelphia establishments, including Zahav, Rooster Soup Co., and the Goldie restaurants.
Recipe: The easiest hummus you’ll ever make, courtesy of ‘Israeli Soul’ cookbook
Canned chickpeas is the secret to this smooth, creamy, fast hummus.
FabaButter, a nondairy butter substitute that spreads, cooks, and melts like dairy butter
The vegan spread is created using the water from cooked chickpeas, which can actually froth and whip-up like egg whites.
Recipe: Add applesauce to a quick bread and you can use less fat
Quick breads are richly flavored, lightly sweetened, easy cakes. This one, made with applesauce (your own, if you like), walnuts, raisins, and part whole-wheat flour, is low in fat.
Recipe: Roasted whole cabbage will delight vegetarian guests as the centerpiece or a side
The recipe requires a hefty investment of time (2½-plus hours), but much of it is simply waiting for it to cook.
Prosecco will make you try this recipe
The way author Amy Zavatto sees it, prosecco is a drink that belongs on your bar cart right there next to your bourbon, vodka, and the other commonly reached-for bottles. To prove it, she wrote “Prosecco Made Me Do It,” a book of cocktail recipes where the bubbly plays a big role.
Meet the America’s Test Kitchen star who dreams of being the culinary Oprah
Elle Simone Scott’s star is on the rise, and she’s opening doors for other women of color.
In a changing Roxbury neighborhood, a slice of Portugal
Mario Bailote’s friends told him Humboldt Avenue was the wrong place for his pizza shop. He didn’t listen.
Recipes: Nutty for nut oils
Luxurious nut oils, readily available in supermarkets, enrich side dishes and salads.
Greater Boston author readings Dec. 2-8
A weekly calendar of literary events
Brenda Nguyen, 27, started @wanderingbostoneater three years ago, after graduating from college in Boston and starting work at a nearby pharmaceutical company.
At Shore Leave, a tasty recipe for a ‘Nightcap’
Do you long for a holiday cocktail more creative than a mere candy-cane martini?
Chef Dave Becker’s new Balani in Waltham offers a menu of flashy flavors
Go to Balani for small plates, snacks, dumplings, pizzas, and jazzy entrees in a cavernous space made more intimate with floor-to-ceiling curtains to cordon off seating areas for large groups.
Cava brings fast-casual Mediterranean to Kendall Square, and a Hanukkah-themed pop-up pops up
Restaurant news you can use.
Here are 11 Boston-area noodle shops to try right now
Boston has become a serious noodle town. Start slurping here.
Getting food to those who need it, with heaping portions of dignity
Finances are particularly stretched during New England winters, when heating costs spike. Something has to give. Often, it’s the groceries.