food + cooking

Fear Cuisine

During the Depression, comfort food meant marshmallow-spiked salads. What culinary disasters will the current economic crisis bring?
food + cooking

Why Does America Hate Ratatouille?

Made from some of the season’s best produce, the dish should be a summer staple—but our national aversion to it runs deep.
food politics

Campaign Cookies

Candidates’ wives are high-level political operatives without a lot of free time. So why do we expect them to don aprons and bake?
chefs + restaurants

Where Are the Women?

A look at why so few female chefs have risen to the top of the restaurant scene.
food + cooking

What Ever Happened to James Beard?

James Beard was a colossus in American cookery, and now he’s barely a memory. What happened?
food + cooking

Dream Factories

The idea of a delicious, soul-nourishing meal that requires no work has long been a fantasy for women.
food + cooking

Culinary Sanity

Food was nowhere near the heart of Peg Bracken’s greatness; what she gave the home cook was freedom.

Staying on Alone

They were a startling couple. But even today, nearly two years after Edna Lewis's death, Scott Peacock says that she still makes him the man—and the chef—that he is....
January 2008

In the Mix

What's inside that little box is not just a mix, but a cultural phenomenon that has changed the way American home cooks think about baking—and themselves.
August 2002

Time is On Our Side

Are you sure you’re too busy to cook? Laura Shapiro searches for what’s really keeping us out of the kitchen.
July 2000
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