What Goes Into Ramen Noodles, and What Happens When Ramen Noodles Go Into You

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Here in South Korea, where I’ve stayed for about a month, I’ve noticed people eating quite a lot of instant ramen noodles. And not just out of those pre-packaged cups you pour hot water into, which we all remember from our student days. They put the stuff in everything, especially the dishes you least expect.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Handwritten Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

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Another thing you can credit Thomas Jefferson with — being the first known American to record an ice cream recipe. It’s one of 10 surviving recipes written by the founding father.
According to Monticello.

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Ernest Hemingway’s Summer Camping Recipes

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With regard to writing, Ernest Hemingway was a man of simple tastes. Were I to employ a metaphor, I’d describe Hem as the kind of guy who’d prefer an unadorned plum from William Carlos Williams’ icebox to Makini Howell’s Pesto Plum Pizza with Balsamic Arugula.
Don’t mistake that metaphor for real life, however.

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Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us

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Journalist Murray Carpenter has written a new book about the world’s most popular drug — caffeine.

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Leo Tolstoy’s Family Recipe for Macaroni and Cheese

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In 1874, Stepan Andreevich Bers published The Cookbook and gave it as a gift to his sister, countess Sophia Andreevna Tolstaya, the wife of the great Russian novelist, Leo Tolstoy.

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Chicken Infinite: A 532 Page Avant-Garde Chicken Recipe

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Earlier this year, Gregor Weichbrodt, a German college student, took all of the geographic stops mentioned in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, plugged them into Google Maps, and ended up with a 45-page manual of driving directions, divided into chapters paralleling those of Kerouac’s original book. Now he’s back with a culinary mashup.

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The Science of Caffeine: The World’s Most Popular Drug

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Here’s a quick shot of science to start your day. The American Chemical Society, an organization representing chemists across the US, has released the latest in a series of Reactions videos. Attempting to explain the science of everyday things, previous Reactions videos have demystified the chemistry of Sriracha, Love, Pepper and more.

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Science & Cooking: Harvard’s Free Course on Making Cakes, Paella & Other Delicious Food

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I can hardly think of a more appealing nexus of the sciences, for most of us and for obvious (and delicious) reasons, than food. Add a kind of engineering to the mix, and you get the study of cooking.

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The Coffee Pot That Fueled Honoré de Balzac’s Coffee Addiction

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Last fall, Ayun Halliday revisited Honoré de Balzac’s Humorous Essay, “The Pleasures and Pains of Coffee,” and His Epic Coffee Addiction. Last night, one of our friends on Twitter — @thegliterati — sent this our way: A snapshot of Balzac’s coffee pot.

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Hipsters Ordering Coffee

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“Cappuccino small, low fat, extra dry.” Sorry to say, but that’s my line 2-3 times per day. That makes me almost as bad as the coffee-ordering hipsters in this new video by Nacho Punch. Let the video roll for a bit. It has its funny moments.

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