“I love toast,” exclaims writer Rick Casner. And he loves his toast in A Very Particular Way: toasted, butter, and toasted again. What is your way?

2011 James Beard Nominees

Congrats to the 2011 James Beard Nominees

The 2011 James Beard Award nominations were announced today at the Oregon Culinary Institute in Portland, OR. Congrats to all the happy nominees.

Feeding an Army

Feeding an Army

It requires culinary gymnastics and a degree in chemistry to create a military care package of brownies, as writer and baker Garrett McCord found out.

Marathon du Medoc

Mayhem and Médoc: France’s Boozy Marathon

Le Marathon du Médoc, the boozy run through France’s Médoc region, attracts all kinds of runners and lushes. Our own Cynthia Furey recounts her maiden voyage.

Sunday Morning Pancakes

Pancake Day

Pancake Day, Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday–they’re all about indulgence before Lent. So it’s time to haul out the butter, eggs, and milk and start cooking.


Out of (West) Africa

Mafe, a West African stew, is what haunted Sean Timberlake’s reverie after an aunt introduced him to it. It took three decades to finally recreate it.


Milkshakes Without Borders

Milkshakes, a passion of Adam Ried, proved troublesome to find and make after moving to Paris. It took a flaming adaptor for him to finally succeed.

Happy Birthday Cake

Happy Birthday to Us

Join us as Leite’s Culinaria turns twelve. And while you’re here, drop us a line as to what you enjoy most about LC.

Vintage Le Creuset

Cuckolded by Le Creuset

Pot obsession is what writer Ed Bruske faced when his wife fell for vintage Raymond Loewy designs. The result: a trip to France to fetch this fetching cookware.

Heart Watermelon

Home Sweet(heart) Home

Amy Krouse Rosenthal serves up some delightful, charming, and four-second-fast ways to show your love–with heart-shaped food. Sigh.


Word Love: Eat a Prandicle

Love of words. It’s part and parcel of a writer’s soul. Writer Nora Maynard adopts a word–prandicle–and finds 1,001 uses for it in her everyday life.

Fat Cubes

A Different Kind of Love: Fat and Me

Animal fat is good for you, says author and fat advocate Jennifer McLagan. She’s hell bent on converting fat-phobes into fat fanatics. Will you change?


I’ll Love You Tomorrow | Valentine’s Day for No One

What happens to Allison when her husband has to work every single Valentine’s Day at a restaurant? A lot of warmed-over mac & cheese, reading, and an early night.

Old Silverware

Love in Disguise | Valentine’s Day for One

Famed editor Judith Jones muses on the joys of cooking for one, since her husband passed. This Valentine’s Day the lucky one will be her Havenese puppy, Mabon.

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