The Corkscrew: The 700-Pound Mechanical Sculpture That Opens a Wine Bottle & Pours the Wine

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We’ve shown you a very simple way to open a bottle of wine, with nothing but a wall and a shoe. (Try it at your own risk.) Now comes the most artfully complex.
Above, watch Rob Higgs demo his mechanical sculpture, “The Corkscrew.


How Leo Tolstoy Became a Vegetarian and Jumpstarted the Vegetarian & Humanitarian Movements in the 19th Century

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Leo Tolstoy is remembered as both a towering pinnacle of Russian literature and a fascinating example of Christian anarchism, a mystical version of which the aristocratic author pioneered in the last quarter century of his life.


Cook Up Aleister Crowley’s Rice Recipe: Perfect for Eating with Curry

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Before visiting a Gnostic Mass at one of Aleister Crowley’s Ordo Templi Orientis chapters in the UK, Dangerous Minds’ Thomas McGrath was warned by a friend in no uncertain all caps, “DO NOT EAT THE CAKE OF LIGHT.


The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook Collects Recipes From T.C. Boyle, Marina Abramović, Neil Gaiman, Joyce Carol Oates & More

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The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook: A Collection of Stories with Recipes © 2016, edited by Natalie Eve Garrett, illustrated by Amy Jean Porter, published by powerHouse Books..
There will never not be a market for the cookbook, with all its various subcategories, from fad diet to celebrity chef.


MoMA’s Artists’ Cookbook (1978) Reveals the Meals of Salvador Dalí, Willem de Kooning, Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois & More

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If we can consider some cooks artists, surely we can consider some artists cooks.


The Best Commercial Ever? James Brown Sells Miso Soup (1992)

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Most stars are understandably choosy about what products, if any, they’re willing to endorse. Serious artists are mindful about their reputations.


How to Break Open a Big Wheel of Parmesan Cheese: A Delightful, 15-Minute Primer

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It takes a year to age a wheel of fine parmesan cheese. And about 4 minutes, of good hard work, to break it open. Above, cheese expert Carlo Guffanti walks us through the process. The first incision comes at the 3 minute mark. Various knives come into play.


Salvador Dalí’s 1973 Cookbook Gets Reissued: Surrealist Art Meets Haute Cuisine

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The skilled chef has always held a place of honor amongst gourmands and the fine dining elite. But it took television to bring us the celebrity chef: Julia Childs and Jacques Pepin; Dom DeLuise and Paul Prudhomme. Those were the good old days, before reality TV turned cooking into a competitive sport.


400 Ways to Make a Sandwich: A 1909 Cookbook Full of Creative Recipes

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Good news for anyone looking to escape the tired old sardine sandwich rut – The Up-To-Date Sandwich Book: 400 Ways to Make a Sandwich, above, boasts no fewer than ten variations, plus a handful of canapés.


Mark Twain Makes a List of 60 American Comfort Foods He Missed While Traveling Abroad (1880)

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Thinking of taking a trip abroad? Or maybe relocating for good? Americans would do well, even 150 years hence, to attend to Mark Twain’s satirical account of U.S. travelers journeying through Europe and Palestine, The Innocents Abroad. The “Americans who are painted to peculiar advantage by Mr.


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