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Former New York Times restaurant critic and Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl speaks in New York City in 2013. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The New York Times hide caption

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How Twitter And Cooking Saved Ruth Reichl After 'Gourmet' Folded

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President Obama presents the 2014 National Humanities Medal to Alice Waters during an East Room ceremony at the White House on Thursday. Alice Waters was honored for celebrating the bond between the ethical and the edible as a chef, author and advocate. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Alice Waters, Healthy Food Advocate, Receives Humanities Medal

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Line-sitters waited for hours outside Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, on July 3. Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT hide caption

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5-Hour Line Turns Barbecue Pilgrims Into Cash Cow For Locals

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"Probably females are better at accessing olfactory memories, but I don't know why," says Robert Bath, a wine and beverage studies professor at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley. "Maybe men don't pay as much attention?" Maria Fabrizio for NPR hide caption

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This Bloody Mary served at the Nationals Park in D.C. came with a meat straw, which infuses each sip with an umami flavor. Ben Hirko first came up with the concept while tending bar one snowy night in 2009. The straws have become a hit. Tamara Keith/NPR hide caption

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The Bloody Mary Meat Straw: An All-American Story

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Chef Simon Hopkinson says mayonnaise is a total pleasure to make, but people are often frightened to try to make it themselves. Monika Evstatieva /NPR hide caption

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No-Fear Homemade Mayonnaise: Better Than What's In The Jar

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A plate of huevos rancheros topped with a basted egg. Lydia Thompson/NPR hide caption

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The Basted Egg: A Foolproof Play On The Poach

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Filmmaker Paul Riccio's characters the Timmy Brothers "are introducing handcrafted water to the world with an almost pathological attention to craftsmanship and a thirst for helping people become less thirsty." via Vimeo hide caption

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Traditional recipes for duck confit, or confit de canard, can require dozens of steps to prepare. David Lebovitz's fake take cuts the steps down to five. Ed Anderson/Courtesy of Ten Speed Press hide caption

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Counterfeit Duck Confit: All Of The Flavor, Without The Labor

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Smoked fish — a cooking method that uses the smoke of an indirect fire to lightly cook, flavor, and preserve the meat — is too often left to the professionals. But there are ways to do it indoors, at home and without much effort. Photo Illustration by Ryan Kellman and Emily Bogle/NPR hide caption

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Put That Wok To Work: A Trick For Smoking Fish Indoors

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