Nem Chua (Vietnamese Cured Pork With Garlic and Ch…

[Photographs: Jenny Dorsey] Editor’s note: This recipe is adapted from a recipe by Chef Helen Nguyen of New York’s Saigon Social, who consulted with the author for this article. Whether served rolled into small logs, cut into squares, or bundled in tropical leaves, nem chua—a beloved type of Vietnamese cured pork—manages to deliver on almost […]

What to Do With Sourdough Discard

[Photographs: Ariel Kanter, Vicky Wasik, Tim Chin] As we enter month seven of quarantine, it’s likely that at some point you’ve set out to make a beautiful loaf of sourdough bread. In doing your research, you probably learned all about the science of sourdough starters, the best flour to use, how to properly ferment your […]

The Science of Yogurt Marinades

[Photographs and Graphics: Nik Sharma] Editors’ Note: Nik Sharma’s new book, The The Flavor Equation: The Science of Great Cooking Explained in More Than 100 Essential Recipes, comes out in October 2020. You can pre-order it anywhere books are sold. A few years ago, I went on a radio show and the host asked me […]

Ackee and Saltfish Recipe | Serious Eats

[Photograph: Vicky Wasik] Ackee and saltfish isn’t just Jamaica’s national dish; it’s also a favorite breakfast or brunch for Jamaicans everywhere. Ackee is a savory fruit with thick red skin; when unripe, the skin forms a sealed pod, but when the fruit ripens, the skin opens up to reveal a beautiful petal-like shape containing three […]

Italian Passata Gives You Fresh Tomato Flavor All …

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik, unless otherwise noted] The abundance of beautifully juicy, sweet, and ripe tomatoes in the summer months makes cooking a breeze, offering fresh flavors to some of our favorite pastas, salads, and sandwiches. But when the best of this summer produce leaves us, we’re stuck with lifeless tomatoes and jarred sauces that just […]

Why Asparagus Makes Pee Smell

[Photograph: Vicky Wasik] If you notice an unusual aroma to your pee after you eat asparagus, you aren’t alone. And if you don’t? Well, it still might stink like fresh-cut-grass-thrown-on-a-garbage-dump…at least to some of us. The culprit is asparagusic acid, a chemical compound that science is still trying to crack. Dr. Daniel Whitehead, an associate […]

Melon (Filipino Cantaloupe Juice) Recipe

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik] I grew up eating cantaloupe two ways: piercing perfectly ripe cubes with a fork to shovel into my mouth, and sipping melon—sweetened cantaloupe juice—from a cold glass. I have vivid memories of drinking countless glasses of melon, a popular drink that Filipinos imbibe to beat the sweltering tropical heat. The chilled beverage […]

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