Munch Madness

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By only six votes, Oleana edged out Myers + Chang.

Dining Out

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Check out the Globe’s reviews of dozens of Boston-area restaurants.

Cheap Eats

Cheap Eats reviews

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There are dishes you can order for under $20 at eateries.

Latest Food & Dining headlines

Jamaica Plain’s Little Dipper will offer an all-day menu from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

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Tealuxe, Rani Indian Bistro to close; Giacomo’s heads west

Little Dipper expands its scope, plus more restaurant news you can use.

DEVRA FIRST

The best cookbooks of 2018 — for giving or for keeping

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.

100-day-aged ribeye. A new study finds that eating red meat can raise the levels of a compound called TMAO in your blood.

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.

Janet Reich Elsbach

HELP DESK

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.

Roasted-almond cookies

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.

Oatmeal-date cookies with walnuts

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.

Multi-grain pancake mix

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.

Sheila Borges-Foley

Getting Salty

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.

Sweet and salty toasted pecans

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.

Red sauce

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.

RED SAUCE: Pint jars make nightly suppers easier

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.

The New Hampshire State Liquor Store in Hooksett.

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.

Skillet Black Beans With Quick Pickled Onions.

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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.

The dining area at Shore Leave in the South End offers a South Seas vibe.

Quick Bite

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.

Fries aren’t good for us, and we know it. So let’s stop freaking out over Eric Rimm’s six-fry prescription.

DEVRA FIRST

Breaking: Area nutrition professor advocates for actual nutrition

Only six fries? Internet, you’ve got better things to freak about.

“Self-Portrait, Monument Valley, Utah” by Ansel Adams

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news you can use.

A BBQ bacon burger at Wahlburgers.

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.

04namesRodman --Finn Stenfors and Paul Wahlberg at the 16th Annual Celebration for Kids. (Alyce L. O'Connell Photography)

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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.

Chef-owner Tracy Chang at Pagu in Central Square.

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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.

Guests at Pagu in Cambridge for the Boston launch party for The Infatuation.

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.

Christina Tosi started as a pastry chef for David Chang of Momofuku Ssam Bar.

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.

The confident cook

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

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.

PVDonuts offers fluffy, brioche-style rounds that are on the larger side.

Food & Travel

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.

Applesauce-walnut bread

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.

Roasted whole cabbage with mustard-dill sauce

Seasonal Recipes

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.

Sips

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.

Elle Simone Scott, a food stylist who joined America’s Test Kitchen in 2016, has her sights set on becoming the #CulinaryOprah.

Globe Magazine

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.

Mario Bailote opened Mario’s Pizzeria on Humboldt Avenue in July.

WORK SPACE

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.

Cooking

Recipes: Nutty for nut oils

Luxurious nut oils, readily available in supermarkets, enrich side dishes and salads.

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Greater Boston author readings Dec. 2-8

A weekly calendar of literary events

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Brenda Nguyen 

Brenda Nguyen, 27, started @wanderingbostoneater three years ago, after graduating from college in Boston and starting work at a nearby pharmaceutical company.

A Falling Leaves cocktail at Shore Leave.

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At Shore Leave, a tasty recipe for a ‘Nightcap’

Do you long for a holiday cocktail more creative than a mere candy-cane martini?

Chickpea fries are among the menu items offered at Balani in Waltham.

quick bite

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.

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Cava brings fast-casual Mediterranean to Kendall Square, and a Hanukkah-themed pop-up pops up

Restaurant news you can use.

A bowl of Ankara Miso is seen at Ganko Ittetsu Ramen in Coolidge Corner.

Here are 11 Boston-area noodle shops to try right now

Boston has become a serious noodle town. Start slurping here.

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Presidential coffee history, the Costco coffee habits of Michael Dukakis, and a journey for the perfect cup.