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The Best Cookbooks of the Century So Far

The Internet really ought to have killed cookbooks. Recipes—tidy, self-contained packets of information that for centuries were individually swapped and shared, indexed and catalogued—are ideally suited for digital transmission. As they…

The Underrated Pleasures of Eating Dinner Early

I recently read that Terry Gross thinks the best icebreaker is “Tell me about yourself.” With all due respect to Terry Gross, the best icebreaker is “What time do you eat dinner?”—a question so seemingly basic that a respondent is likely…

The Perfect Simplicity of the Matzo Ball

Matzo balls are not strictly a Passover food. Like the staples of other holidays—sugar cookies, mashed potatoes, miniature Kit Kats—they’re enjoyed year-round without much fanfare, but there’s one time each year when they throw back…

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