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The Bagel Before It Ballooned

In a way, New York's latest bagel moment turns back the clock. Baz Bagel & Restaurant, which opened two months ago in Little Italy, makes thinner, denser bagels than the puffed-up specimens that have taken over the city since the onset of automation starting in the '60s. Rolled by hand in small batches, the old-fashioned way, they're a welcome throwback—"Small, well done, and tasty," as stuartlafonda reports on Chowhound. Baz's blintzes, whitefish salad, and lox with eggs have also won fans. READ MORE

African-American Chefs in the White House: Q&A with Adrian Miller

Thanks to a successful fund-raising effort on Kickstarter in late June, Adrian Miller's The President’s Kitchen Cabinet is finally a goal within reach—an American dream, if you will. Miller, a James Beard Award–winning author, soul food scholar, and politico, plans to release a TV documentary on President’s Day 2016 that will trace the hidden history of African-American cooks in White House kitchens. READ MORE

Do You Need a Pricey Culinary Degree to Be a Top Chef?

Paul Canales was a career changer. A serious home cook, he’d spent a decade working in marketing and sales for Pacific Bell before he decided tostep behind the stoves to make a living. In 1995, he left California for a couple of years to earn an associate degree from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Price tag back then, he says, was around $24K for two years of tuition. “I was almost 33 at the time; I felt like I didn’t have 10 years to bounce around learning, as I might at 18 or even 22,”says Canales. “I wanted to get up to speed quickly, gain basic cooking skills and entrée into a good place. I was very naive.” READ MORE

20th Century Café’s Russian Honey Cake, in Animated GIFs!

After I tasted the Russian honey cake at this little café in San Francisco last year, I tweeted “This is the best cake I have ever eaten.” Its creator, Michelle Polzine, is a pastry chef whose exquisite sense of vintage style is only slightly less remarkable than her baking skills. READ MORE

Pizza with a Pedigree in Brooklyn

The news just gets better in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, whose fast-improving dining choices now include promising pizza with deep New York roots. At five-week-old Fina Pizza Bar, the wood-fired oven's from Naples and the house style's a cross between Neapolitan and New York—"refined old school," as brooklynsabra writes on Chowhound. READ MORE

California’s Oldest Farmers’ Market Is Diverse and a Tad Funky

California’s first modern farmers’ market launched in 1943 in San Francisco. It was a victory garden of sorts, “a way,” writes Miriam Morgan in the San Francisco Chronicle, “for farmers to sell their excess harvests at a time when transportation and distribution systems were being used for wartime needs.” That market is still going strong, though in a different location. In 1947, what’s now called the Alemany Certified Farmers' Market opened on the southern edge of San Francisco. READ MORE

Sqirl’s Jessica Koslow: 4 Great Dishes in Los Angeles

No question that Jessica Koslow’s Sqirl in Silver Lake is LA’s quintessential neighborhood café, and more. LA Weekly’s Besha Rodell called the food “stunning.” She's right—Koslow’s refined versions of rice bowls, quiches, pastries, brioche toast, and house-made jam are all perfect. READ MORE

French Recipes for a Bastille Day Picnic

Now that the Fourth of July is behind us, it’s time to gear up for France’s Independence Day celebration: Bastille Day. Also known as Le Quatorze Juillet (the 14th of July) and La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration) in francophone countries, this day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution, and is a great excuse to pack up a French-inspired picnic. READ MORE

Ping An Mien, a Chinese Family Noodle Story

Some families have legacy recipes for Sunday meatballs, sugar-dusted Christmas cookies, or extra-flaky biscuits. My family has something even more special: ping an mien. READ MORE

Tisha Cherry’s Instagram Food Portraits Are Amazing

Tisha Cherry has given all of us a reason to play with food again, thanks to her hashtag #ArtintheEats. On her Instagram you'll find sly pop-culture references and puns made from different foods. The attention to detail is remarkable. READ MORE