February 27, 2013 Like many other intrinsically boring foods — say, tofu or grits — lentils shine because they get out of the way. They provide a vehicle and a backdrop for other flavors — whether it's good olive oil and gently gilded onions, or ground spices and lemony pesto.
January 30, 2013 This humble cabbage relative is undergoing a renaissance. Cookbooks are full of conversion stories and recipes. Food writer T. Susan Chang shares hers: The delectable versions she now enjoys bear no resemblance to the boiled, greenish-yellow sprouts of her youth.
December 25, 2012 The rebels, rule breakers and renegades who rule this year's Top 10 list aren't looking for a Ph.D. in Traditional Cooking. They're pleasure seekers whose books are filled with quirky facts, gorgeous pictures and ingredients deployed in unexpected places.
October 31, 2012 When T. Susan Chang was young, her mother would make egg soup for her when she got sick. Now, the food writer poaches a few eggs from her chickens' nests to make these soups when her kids get the sniffles.
September 26, 2012 You might have had a Vietnamese-style "summer roll," with shrimp and fresh herbs wrapped in translucent rice paper. But what else could you tuck into this versatile wrapper? Sandwich fixings (minus the bread!), leftovers — your imagination's the limit.
August 29, 2012 Showcasing the delicate flavor and texture of this prolific squash can be a challenge. But these three recipes will make converts out of even the most ardent zucchini-phobes.
July 18, 2012 You may have had nori — the ubiquitous red seaweed that dries to black or green — wrapped around rice in sushi maki, or as roasted, salted crisps. Its popularity makes it a good gateway to an array of sea veggies.
June 13, 2012 A simple addition can coax an ordinary fruit salad into another dimension, one with texture and depth instead of just a rainbow spectrum of sweetness: nuts.
May 25, 2012 Snapping turtles look to suburban New England gardens to lay eggs as their habitats are increasingly threatened. So the next time you're checking the progress of the peas and lettuce this spring, beware.
May 23, 2012 These cookbooks take fruits and vegetables fresh from the field and the farm stand to delectable extremes. Writer T. Susan Chang has gleaned 10 top cookbooks that will make even the most devoted carnivore slip into accidental vegetarianism.
April 25, 2012 If you're the sort of person who thinks nothing of a midnight turn on the dance floor, you can handle mixing up a simple dough or cracking a couple of eggs while the moon sets sail across the sky. Then, when morning comes, flip on the oven or stovetop, and sip your coffee smugly while breakfast essentially makes itself.
March 14, 2012 This subtle relative of bitter chicories may masquerade among the lettuces, but it's not just for salads. Sturdy escarole stands up to a saute, simmer or braise; with heat it seems to mellow and ripen in flavor, growing only sweeter for the ordeal.
February 22, 2012 It takes a few leisurely hours to draw the magic out of meaty beef bones. Boiled at length, they produce a savory base for all sorts of soups, from borscht to pho.
October 26, 2011 Some of the comfort foods we crave when the weather starts to cool require a lot of time and effort to get to the table. But these simple fish dishes offer warmth, autumnal flavor and the soulful reassurance of a full-bodied broth — without all the effort.