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9 Must-See Food Films

The logical next step to being a totally obsessive foodie? Feeding a hunger for food knowledge ... by watching every food documentary and movie we can get our hands on. Here are our top favorites for some food-consumed (no pun intended) hours of TV-watching that’ll make you hungry for more. READ MORE

9 Cocktails to Help You Get Through Thanksgiving

If you’re sick of beer and wine for Thanksgiving day festivities, try out these recipes for a special cocktail (or batch of cocktails) that you can use to impress those relatives you only see once a year. With only a few ingredients you already have in your bar, you can make something that pairs perfectly with the rich and seasonal fare we love for Turkey Day. READ MORE

2014 CHOW Holiday Gift Guide: Curators Edition

What to give the cook or armchair epicure who thinks they have everything? This year, we asked the experts. For our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, we've turned to curators in a unique position to know what’s new and irresistible or old and trusted. We’ve gathered up six small retailers we trust, experts on cookbooks, cocktail-ware, coffee gadgets, cooking gear, table accessories, and cool gifts under $25. Take a second to meet our gift curators, then click through to start breezing through your shopping list. READ MORE

The 9 Best Wines to Drink with Sunday Football

Whether you’ve been dragged along to a daylong viewing of ESPN, or you're a football fan bored with lagers, popping the cork to a delicious, easy-to-drink wine might be just what you need. Put down that Bud and find the corkscrew.. READ MORE

Romesco Sauce Makes Everything Taste Better

Romesco sauce. The name sounds fancy and old-world, and I imagine because it’s not rooted in Mexico, like most things I eat, I didn’t really appreciate it whenever I tasted it in the CHOW Test Kitchen. READ MORE

8 Great Places to Chow Down on Canelés

Forget Cronuts. Bordeaux, France, mastered the art of frankenpastries way before frankenpastries were even cool. Yet unlike the Cronut, you’ve likely never heard of the canelé. This elusive confection wasn’t invented for hybrid's sake, but imagine this: a rich, crackly crème brûlée cross-pollinated with springy sponge cake—scented with vanilla and rum to boot. Sound good? Oh, it is. So good in fact that Bordeaux created a confrérie—or brotherhood—of pâtissiers to protect the treat as its own. Yes, a pastry brotherhood. Canelés are worth protecting: Their crispy, caramelized skin encases a tender, custardy center that’s beyond comparison. Ready to get your hands on one? Read on for nine of the best places to find them stateside. READ MORE

11 Cool Jewish Foods That’d Make Your Bubbe Plotz

Jewish food used to mean schlepping to your grandmother's house in Queens for tasteless matzo ball soup and endless games of canasta. Or, if you were lucky, maybe a trip to Katz's for its world-famous pastrami that requires an extra dose of Lipitor and more than a few Tums. However, Jewish food has taken a turn for the chic and awesome—no Manischewitz required. Here are 11 updates and new takes on Jewish cuisine that will make you look beyond latkes. READ MORE

Greek Fries Are the Best Fries

How many bad fries have you had in your life (I’m not even finishing that with a question mark because you know the answer—it’s a lot). Fries used to be ridiculous. But things changed. We are living, now, in a golden age of fries. They’re good in delis and cocktail bars, at neighborhood spots and burger places. In San Francisco, at Charles Bililies’ souvlaki place called Souvla, the fries are amazing. READ MORE

8 Sweet Potato Recipes You Won’t Believe

You’ve probably noticed burlap sacks full of salmon-colored spuds at the market: Sweet potato season is in full swing. But before you set your browser's search function ablaze with entries for sweet potato soups, casseroles, fries, and pies, we’d like to implore you to try something different. Here are eight less predictable (and totally ingenious!) ways to use sweet potatoes this year. READ MORE

9 Things That Prove We’re Obsessed with the Bloody Mary

Nothing says Saturday morning like sunlight waking you up around 10 a.m., your favorite guilty-pleasure show on the DVR, and—of course—a Bloody Mary. Though the origins of this famed drink are much disputed, what isn't up for argument is its popularity. Traditionally made with vodka, tomato juice, horseradish, and other aromatics, it's the ideal way to shake off the hangover from a crazy night and ease into the weekend. Check out these nine examples of serious Bloody Mary obsession. READ MORE