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Food Safety and Coronavirus: A Comprehensive Guide

[Photographs: Shutterstock] Editor’s Note: To proactively mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Serious Eats staff is operating remotely for the foreseeable future. Here’s how we’re handling the resulting limitations. As the father of a young toddler, the son of two senior parents in the at-risk age group, and the chef/partner of a restaurant that up […]

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The Serious Eats Guide to Pasta Shapes

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik] In researching the seemingly endless catalog of Italian pasta shapes for her exhaustive Encyclopedia of Pasta, food historian Oretta Zanini De Vita identified more than 1,300 names for shapes of fresh homemade and factory-made dried pasta. Italy’s micro-regionality and Italians’ general aptitude for verbal creativity can account for some number inflation of […]

German buttercream on a Texas sheetcake

A Guide to Cake Frosting

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik] Long before plastic wrap, bakers kept cakes fresh by covering their exterior with frosting, a sweet, spreadable topping that would seal the pores of the cake to minimize moisture loss. In the olden days, this was most commonly a very thin layer of hard meringue, which made the cakes look pretty cool, […]

A Chefs' Guide to Eating Out in New Orleans

A Chefs’ Guide to Eating Out in New Orleans

New Orleans is the land of beignets, gumbo, po’ boys, and étouffée. The city’s signature Creole food—influenced by the Native American, West African, Haitian, French, Spanish, German, and Italian immigrants who found their way to Louisiana before it was even part of the US—is one of America’s first fusion cuisines. The city has always been […]

many different varieties of rice spread artfully on a surface

A Guide to Rice Varieties

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik] When I visited my Japanese family during summers as a child, my aunt would insist, at every meal, that I eat every last grain of rice in my bowl. It was, in part, a kind of exercise to improve my proficiency with chopsticks, which she was rightly concerned about. But if I […]

A Chefs' Guide to Eating Out in San Francisco

A Chefs’ Guide to Eating Out in San Francisco

As the birthplace of California’s farm-to-table food movement, San Francisco has long had an embarrassment of riches when it comes to good food. Yes, incredible produce continues to serve as the backbone of Californian cuisine, and, yes, iconic restaurants like Chez Panisse and Zuni Café are still around. But the restaurant scene isn’t static; it’s […]

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