The Birth of London’s 1950s Bohemian Coffee Bars Documented in a Vintage 1959 Newsreel

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I live in Seoul, by some measures the most coffee shop-saturated city in the world. But modern coffee life here (which I recently wrote about for the Los Angeles Review of Books) only really developed after Starbucks came to town around the turn of the 21st century.


Julia Child Marathon: 201 Episodes of “The French Chef” Streaming Free (for a Limited Time)

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Had to give you a quick heads up on this: is launching a new Food Channel. And it’s getting things going with a marathon streaming of all 201 episodes of Julia Child’s now legendary TV series “The French Chef.


Mark Bittman’s Most Loved Recipes from The New York Times: Learn to Cook Healthy, Earth-Friendly Meals

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Food writer and healthy eating advocate Mark Bittman has “no patience” for those who say, “I’d love to cook but I have a lousy kitchen,” but that doesn’t make him a hectoring meanie in the Top Chef panelist mold:
To me the question was not, “Would I cook this as a native would?” but rather, “How would a native cook


Coffee Entrepreneur Renato Bialetti Gets Buried in the Espresso Maker He Made Famous

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Love your coffee? Renato Bialetti invented and was buried in the Moka coffee maker
— (@TreeHugger) February 22, 2016

At OC HQ you will find two Bialetti espresso makers on the stove–one small, the other large–and together they power us through the day.


Paul Giamatti Plays Honoré de Balzac, Hopped Up on 50 Coffees Per Day

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It’s the stuff of legend. Honoré de Balzac cranked out 50+ novels in 20 years and died at 51. The cause? Too much work and caffeine. How much coffee? Up to 50 cups per day, they say.
Whether true or not, it’s fun to imagine what that scene might have looked like.


In Japanese Schools, Lunch Is As Much About Learning As It’s About Eating

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I grew up in the United States, and we Americans don’t, in the main, look back on our school days with particularly fond memories of lunch. Some schools do a superb job of serving up delicious and nutritious meals.


Artist Julie Green Paints the Last Suppers of 600+ Death Row Inmates on Ceramic Plates

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What would you choose for your last meal?
The comfort food of your childhood?
Or some lavish dish you never had a chance to taste?
What might your choice reveal about your race, regional origins, or economic circumstances?
Artist Julie Green developed a fascination with death row inmates’ final meals while teaching in Oklahoma, where


Making Chocolate the Traditional Way, From Bean to Bar: A Short French Film

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Chef turned restaurateur Alain Ducasse has rather a lot to say on the subject of chocolate.
On the website of Le Manufacture, the small-batch chocolate factory he founded in a former Renault Garage, he waxes poetic, sharing wide-eyed childhood memories of the “terribly sensual and bewitching substance.


The Overlook Hotel from The Shining Recreated with Gingerbread & Rice Krispies

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Gingerbread Overlook Hotel from ‘The Shining’

From “eudicotyledon” on Reddit comes a holiday project you, too, can maybe try at home. He says: “My family made a gingerbread rendition of the Overlook Hotel from Kubrick’s “The Shining,” complete with a Rice Krispies treat maze and interior rooms depicting famous scenes.


How To Make the Perfect Cappuccino According to the World Barista Champion (Almost NSFW)

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What do I want for Christmas? I’ll settle for a little more insight into how to make the perfect cappuccino, the stuff that has reliably kept this site running day in, day out, for the past 9 years.


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