About Jack Van Amburg

Food has always been a central part of Jack’s life, back to the days of standing on a stool in the kitchen so he could keep an eye on his toaster waffles. When he wasn’t learning from his mother and grandmothers, he was watching Food Network and reading back issues of Gourmet and Saveur. A classically trained cellist, Jack started working in kitchen stores during grad school for fun and loved getting to try out all the new cooking products and running cooking demonstrations. You can find him and his most recent cookbook obsession at @whatsjackmaking.

An ice cream scoop in chocolate ice cream.

The Best Ice Cream Scoops

Whether you’re a nightly indulger or just an occasional partaker, you need something that can do the job with ease and grace. After all, ice cream cravings wait for no one.

A grey plate topped with braised lamb, mashed potatoes, carrots, and gravy as an illustration of what is braising.

What is Braising?

Here’s how to coax tough, inexpensive cuts of meat to tenderness while imbuing them with flavor. And all without nary any effort. Here’s how.