First there was hygge then lagom, and now there’s ikigai. The anglophone appetite for new lifestyles and concepts seems to know no bounds as we adopt yet another culture’s word, and its corresponding meaning, into our hungry, hungry lexicon. But what exactly is behind the newest word we’ve been hearing? Hygge? Lagom? Folkeligt? Let’s Say […]

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In pursuit of La Dolce Vita, food and drinks writer Kay Plunkett-Hogge sets out to demystify vermouth and Italian bitters. In her latest book, Aperitivo, she explores the world of pre-dinner drinking and writes about its history and producers. Below is an expanded excerpt on vermouth written exclusively for Food52. Perhaps it’s our increasing receptiveness […]

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Let’s check the pulse: How’d your grilling go this summer? A. Same ol’ same ol’ B. Skittish but ultimately fun C. What are you talking about—non-existent D. On fire, naturally If you answered any of the above, do we have the cookbook for (all of) you. PRESALE Signed Copy: Food52 Any Night GrillingFish Grill Basket […]

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Peanuts have been a principal ingredient in Southern cooking since colonial times, with roots (forgive the pun) tracing back to the first enslaved Africans, who brought the peanuts to the U.S. from West Africa. The nut, actually a legume, evolved from the African ground nut or goober pea—the early name came from the Angolan word […]

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Language is anything but static—it is constantly in flux, adapting itself to the whims of our speech, the predilections of contemporary vocabulary. With new ideas come new words to describe them. And Merriam-Webster, maker of dictionaries and arbiter of all things lexical, is here to document and archive these changes as they occur. The famed […]

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September is the first month in the grand recipe rodeo we call cookbook season. 2017 is coming on strong right out of the gate, with big names (Paul Kahan, Moosewood), big ideas (3-ingredient cocktails, modern slow cooker recipes), and big flavors (QUESO!). Below are a few of my favorites, and there’s a lot more where […]

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You would think that being raised by a Mexican immigrant dad and a second-generation Mexican and Puerto Rican mom would translate into a broad palate. But when it comes to candy, I was as narrow as any other kid growing up in Denver, Colorado. I stuck with the Snickers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Pop Rocks, […]

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Sales of French Puy lentils are on the rise, and farmers of the hearty legume have a certain royal tot to thank for their recent success. Since the Daily Mailreported on September 6 that the four-year-old Prince George of England’s new primary school would feature a menu that served “smoked mackerel on a bed of […]

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By now, none of us should be stranger to the foamy phenomenon that is latte art. Since its inception, the limits of the cappuccino as canvas have been consistently pushed. And today, I’m here to present you with the newest frontier in latte art: dimension. Behold, 3-D latte art. Because if your cup didn’t runneth […]

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