How Bourbon is Made: The ABC’s in 9 Minutes

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Head over to Princeton University’s web entry on Bourbon, and you will learn that, back in 1964, the U.S. Congress recognized Bourbon Whiskey as a “distinctive product of the United States,” and the Federal Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits (27 C.F.R. 5.22) established a bunch of laws defining what Bourbon is, and isn’t.

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“The Virtues of Coffee” Explained in 1690 Ad: The Cure for Lethargy, Scurvy, Dropsy, Gout & More

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According to many historians, the English Enlightenment may never have happened were it not for coffeehouses, the public sphere where poets, critics, philosophers, legal minds, and other intellectual gadflies regularly met to chatter about the pressing concerns of the day.

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Michael Pollan Explains How Cooking Can Change Your Life; Recommends Cooking Books, Videos & Recipes

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Last year, we featured “How Cooking Can Change Your Life,” an animated short based on the work of In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and Food Rules author Michael Pollan.

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53 New York Times Videos Teach Essential Cooking Techniques: From Poaching Eggs to Shucking Oysters

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I was blessed to grow up around a grandmother who cooked every meal like she was feeding a dozen famished farmhands. She never spelled out all her various tricks and short cuts … let’s not call them hacks.

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Pablo Picasso’s Two Favorite Recipes: Eel Stew & Omelette Tortilla Niçoise

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Back in 1964, Pablo Picasso shared with Vogue’s food columnist Ninette Lyon two of his favorite recipes — one for Eel Stew, the other for Omelette Tortilla Niçoise. If you live in the South of France, as Picasso did, the recipes probably won’t be entirely foreign to you.

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2nd Graders Eat at Fancy French Restaurant, Daniel; Acclaimed Director Captures Their Reactions

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For its fall Food issue, The New York Times magazine took six second graders from Brooklyn to dinner at Daniel, the fancy French restaurant located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

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Ben Franklin’s List of 200 Synonyms for “Drunk”: “Moon-Ey’d,” “Hammerish,” “Stew’d” & More (1737)

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How many Americans could, off the top of their heads, tell you exactly why history remembers Benjamin Franklin? Not many, I suspect, though we all know that he did a great deal worth remembering, even by the standards of a Founding Father. (Something got him on the $100 bill, after all.

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How to Sing Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking

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“Mastering the Art of French Cooking” by Julia Child by The Bushwick Book Club
Though she had no tender feelings for Julie Powell’s Julia/Julie blog, I like to think Julia Child wouldn’t have been entirely displeased by the Bushwick Book Club’s efforts to musicalize Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Child’s two volume labor of love

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1797 Temperance Thermometer Measures the Moral & Physical Impact of Your Drinking Habits

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Question for the drinkers out there:
Does strong beer taken in moderate quantities at mealtimes make you cheerful?
Yeah, me too!
That gives us a temperature of 10 according to 18th-century physician John Coakley Lettsom’s “moral and physical thermometer,” one of his Hints Designed to Promote Beneficence, Temperance, and Medical Science (17

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Drunk Shakespeare: The Trendy Way to Stage the Bard’s Plays in the US & the UK

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You might be familiar with Drunk History, the web series turned Comedy Central show that reenacts the ramblings of inebriated hipsters trying to recount events like the Watergate scandal or the Burr-Hamilton duel.

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