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NY Times Critics Pick Movies

Ain't none.

-- Of Possible Interest --

Review: In ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle,’ the Natty Spies Are Back
KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE


By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS
Director Matthew Vaughn
Writers Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn Stars Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Channing Tatum, Edward Holcroft
Rating R
Running Time 2h 21m
Genres Action, Adventure, Comedy

The first Kingsman film was mildly entertaining. It appears that the second has added cannibalism, and killed 'entertaining.'


Review: ‘Victoria and Abdul,’ a Royal Friendship in a Nest of Vipers
VICTORIA AND ABDUL


Directed by Stephen Frears Biography, Drama, History PG-13 1h 52m
By GLENN KENNY
Director Stephen Frears
Writer Lee Hall
Stars Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith, Eddie Izzard, Adeel Akhtar
Rating PG-13
Running Time 1h 52m
Genres Biography, Drama, History

If you luv BBC costume dramas and have always wanted to see Judi Dench eat like a pig, this is probably your last best hope. (She's 82.)


Review: ‘Loving Vincent’ Paints van Gogh in His Own Images
LOVING VINCENT


By A.O. SCOTT
Directors Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Writers Jacek Dehnel, Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Stars Douglas Booth, Josh Burdett, Holly Earl, Robin Hodges, Chris O'Dowd
Rating PG-13
Running Time 1h 34m
Genres Animation, Biography, Crime, Drama
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2017-09-20 10:11 am

Food! Glorious Food!

Celene da Silva and her daughter Sabrina delivering Nestlé products in Fortaleza, Brazil.
How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food
As growth slows in wealthy countries, Western food companies are aggressively expanding in developing nations, contributing to obesity and health problems.
By ANDREW JACOBS and MATT RICHTEL

Nestlé Targets High-End Coffee by Taking Majority Stake in Blue Bottle
By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED and OLIVER STRAND
The deal highlights the continued hot streak of artisanal coffee, whose rapid growth and fanatical customer base have continued to draw big business.

Nadine Malouf making kibbe in “Oh My Sweet Land,” written and directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi.
Review: In ‘Oh My Sweet Land,’ Dinner Is Served. Don’t Come Hungry.
Set in a real home, an unnamed woman cooks while she relates piercing tales about the horrors in Syria.
By ALEXIS SOLOSKI

SQUARE FEET
The Food Court Matures Into the Food Hall
Food halls — typically a mix of local artisan restaurants, butcher shops and other food-oriented boutiques — are becoming popular as consumers demand more options.
By JOE GOSE

After a day spent hauling flood-soaked belongings from their home in the Nottingham Forest of Houston, Linda and Jon Fabian sit on their lawn with a few glasses of wine.
Harvey and Irma Wiped Out Our Kitchens. Still, We Cook.
America has never lost so many stoves and pantries at once, but home cooks are intent on finding a way — any way — to make meals.
By KIM SEVERSON

Yotam Ottolenghi on Creating Recipes and His Cookbook ‘Sweet’
For the British chef, author and self-described baking nerd, there is no limit to the number of times you can make a cake in order to get it right.


The world’s best chocolate cake? Maybe so.


Pistachio and Rose Water Semolina Cake
By YOTAM OTTOLENGHI
Recipes: Pistachio and Rose Water Semolina Cake | World’s Best Chocolate Cake

At her home in Tanana, Alaska, Cynthia Erickson and some young volunteers decorate a lemon-blueberry cake from a mix that she jazzes up.
In Alaska’s Far-Flung Villages, Happiness Is a Cake Mix


The store-bought box, one of the few dependable food items in a place of scarcity, is tricked out for dinners and fund-raisers by many a “cake lady.”
By JULIA O'MALLEY
Recipe: Mom’s Famous Rum Cake

These zucchini and tomato tartlets with a Cheddar crust, which call for turning up the oven to roast the vegetables, are perfectly timed for autumn’s arrival.
Roasted Summer Vegetables Tucked Into Tartlets


September’s cooler weather means it’s the perfect time to bake with late summer zucchini and tomatoes.
By MELISSA CLARK
Recipe: Zucchini and Tomato Tartlets With a Cheddar Crust

CITY KITCHEN
Fresh sardines, are delightful, and well worth knowing. For an extra flourish, it’s fun to cook sardines on large fig leaves.
Canned Are Grand, but Fresh Sardines Are Deliciously Simple


These small fish are healthy, sustainable and easy to grill at home, whether over hot coals or under the broiler.
By DAVID TANIS
Recipe: Simple Grilled Sardines

INSIDE THE LIST
Alice Waters
Alice Waters’s Grilled Cheese Is Not Like Yours and Mine
In her best-selling new memoir, “Coming to My Senses,” the chef recommends a French mountain cheese and homemade sauerkraut for a childhood staple.
By GREGORY COWLES

Jellyfish Seek Italy’s Warming Seas. Can’t Beat ’Em? Eat ’Em.


With climate change, jellyfish are booming in the Mediterranean, to the point that researchers say there may be little to do but to live with them.
By JASON HOROWITZ

Nathaly Nicolas-Ianniello, a former journalist covering ecological issues, opened NA/NA in the 11th Arrondissement of Paris in 2015.
A Life’s Many Acts Culminate in the Kitchen at NA/NA in Paris
The chef Nathaly Nicolas-Ianniello, a former ecological journalist, serves dishes like ganache with black sesame miso to adventurous Parisians.
By MELISSA CLARK

EAT
The Secret to Amazing Mango Kulfi Comes in a Can


Quick mango kulfi.
The idea that fresh is always better is both simple and false.
By TEJAL RAO
Recipe: Quick Mango Kulfi

ON DESSERT
The salt in the chocolate bits is the surprise, and it’s also the great reconciler.
An Ideal Sundae


Like many of life’s great things, ice cream concoctions are best when governed by rules.
By DORIE GREENSPAN
Recipe: Hot Fudge and Salted Chocolate Bits Sundae

Pinot noir grapes ripen in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.
The Oregon Trail
The latest winemakers to settle in the region are bringing new perspectives, fresh energy and heartfelt enthusiasm to the country’s most exciting wine area.
By ERIC ASIMOV
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2017-09-15 11:18 am

NYT Critic’s Pick Movies Plus One of Possible Interest

Rat Film


This documentary-essay about Baltimore reveals its relationship between infestations and economic inequity.
By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Theo Anthony
Writer Theo Anthony
Stars Theo Anthony, Dan Deacon
Running Time 1h 22m
Genre Documentary

Woodpeckers


José María Cabral’s drama concerns a male and female convict in adjacent penitentiaries who use a sign language — “woodpecking” — in order to connect.
By ANDY WEBSTER
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director José María Cabral
Writer José María Cabral
Stars Orestes Amador, Ramón Emilio Candelario, Carlota Carretero, Jose Cruz, Gilberto Hernández
Running Time 1h 46m
Genre Drama

Indivisible


In Edoardo De Angelis’s ‘Indivisible,’ Italian twins, their bodies joined, try to go their separate ways.
By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Edoardo De Angelis
Writers Nicola Guaglianone, Barbara Petronio, Edoardo De Angelis
Stars Angela Fontana, Marianna Fontana, Antonia Truppo, Toni Laudadio, Peppe Servillo
Running Time 1h 40m
Genre Drama

The Future Perfect


A young Chinese immigrant in Buenos Aires picks up more than grammar when she learns Spanish.
By GLENN KENNY

Ex Libris: New York Public Library


In his magnificent documentary, “Ex Libris: The New York Public Library,” Frederick Wiseman takes his camera into the halls where people read, learn and seek a perfect union.
By MANOHLA DARGIS
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Frederick Wiseman
Running Time 3h 17m
Genre Documentary


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Review: Love of Il Maestro Drives ‘In Search of Fellini’


IN SEARCH OF FELLINI
By MONICA CASTILLO
Director Taron Lexton
Writers Nancy Cartwright, Peter Kjenaas
Stars Maria Bello, Ksenia Solo, Beth Riesgraf, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kim Evans
Rating R
Running Time 1h 33m
Genres Adventure, Drama
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2017-09-08 10:50 am

NYT Critic’s Pick Movies

Trophy


This thoughtful documentary raises tough questions about big-game hunting and wildlife conservation.
By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS
NYT Critic’s Pick
Directors Christina Clusiau, Shaul Schwarz
Running Time 1h 48m
Genre Documentary

The Unknown Girl


A young doctor struggles with her conscience in this latest film from the Dardenne brothers.
By A. O. SCOTT
NYT Critic’s Pick
Directors Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Stars Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier, Louka Minnella, Christelle Cornil
Running Time 1h 53m
Genres Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Nobody's Watching


An Argentine actor, played by Guillermo Pfening, pins his hopes on a movie career in America.
By GLENN KENNY
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Julia Solomonoff
Writer Julia Solomonoff
Stars Pascal Yen-Pfister, Elena Roger, Rafael Ferro, Michael Patrick Nicholson, Brian Leider
Running Time 1h 42m
Genre Drama
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2017-09-06 10:42 am

Food! Glorious Food!

Pumpkin Spice Glut Arrives Earlier Than Ever
Consumers complain that the summertime arrival of pumpkin spice products — already slowing in growth — smacks of Christmas creep.
By TIFFANY HSU

By most accounts, school lunches in America are better than they have been in decades. Christopher Parrish, a student at S.G.A. Elementary School in Sardis, Ga., participated in the school’s Feed My School for a Week event.
Will the Trump Era Transform the School Lunch?


The administration has vowed to roll back some Obama-era moves, but the real action is happening at the local level.
By KIM SEVERSON

CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK
Brooks Headley, center, at Superiority Burger, where nothing on the regular menu costs more than $9.
A Wish List for New Restaurants
We may not need more restaurants, but we do need restaurants run by and for a larger slice of society.
By PETE WELLS

Kanti Parekh scooping Alphonso mango ice cream at his Kwality Ice Cream store in Edison, N.J. Dr. Parekh, a scientist, specifically engineered his ice cream flavors to appeal to Indian palates.
A Taste of Indian Nostalgia Finds an Eager Audience


A take on Kwality, a beloved brand, in the United States is inspiring childlike elation among those who missed its wide-ranging flavors.
By PRIYA KRISHNA

What to Cook Tonight


Repurpose some Labor Day leftovers and finish it off with a hot-fudge sundae.
By SAM SIFTON

A little like the potato salad you get at a deli, mashed potato salad is a very good thing indeed.
An Accidentally Creamier, Fluffier Potato Salad


A mashed potato salad, the result of overmixing, can be a very good thing indeed, worth even making on purpose.
By MELISSA CLARK
Recipe: Mashed Potato Salad With Scallions and Herbs

CITY KITCHEN
Enriched with zucchini and polenta, this corn and clam chowder draws inspiration from a Tuscan vegetable soup.
A Clam Chowder That Tastes Like Summer


The building blocks for a classic version are salt pork (or bacon), potatoes and milk, but what about adding a bit of polenta and zucchini?
By DAVID TANIS
Recipe: Corn and Clam Chowder With Zucchini and Herbs

EAT
Chicken-Fried Steak With Queso Gravy.
For Chicken-Fried Steak, Too Much Is Just Enough


Queso gravy elevates the simple dish.
By SAM SIFTON
Recipes: Chicken-Fried Steak | Queso Gravy

WINE SCHOOL
Godello, a Case Study in the Character of Wine


Fans of this Spanish wine, short on modern history, are still determining what makes it distinctive.
By ERIC ASIMOV
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2017-09-01 12:33 pm

NYT Critic’s Pick Movie

Review: ‘Kill Me Please,’ a Summer of Murder and Teenage Kicks
KILL ME PLEAS


By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Anita Rocha da Silveira
Writer Anita Rocha da Silveira
Stars Valentina Herszage, Dora Friend, Mariana Oliveira, Júlia Roliz, Rita Pauls
Running Time 1h 41m
Genres Drama, Thriller

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7 Movies to Watch This Labor Day Weekend
By Monica Castillo
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2017-08-30 09:32 am

Food! Glorious Food!

OpenTable Began a Revolution. Now It’s a Power Under Siege.
By STEPHANIE STROM

A Brief Guide to the Newer Reservation Apps

Salido, a start-up in New York, is working to create an analytics program that integrates all aspects of a restaurant’s operations into one system. A monitor at its SoHo headquarters provides real-time data.
To Survive in Tough Times, Restaurants Turn to Data-Mining
Establishments are looking to a host of new software systems that scoop up fine details from all over on customers, servers and sales.
By KAREN STABINER

TRILOBITES
Bone’s Marks Suggest a Cannibal Ritual in Ancient Britain
Researchers have found a zigzag pattern on a human arm bone that might have been engraved as part of a cannibalistic funeral ritual 15,000 years ago.
By STEPH YIN

Tasting the Sweetness of Summer, Berry by Berry
By A. HOPE JAHREN
Berries clothe seeds and fertilize them when they drop to the ground, and one summer they taught a young woman to savor time.

Food for Houston
The rain continues, and the images coming out of the area are devastating: Maybe make dinner tonight, keeping those affected by the storm in your thoughts.
By SAM SIFTON

A GOOD APPETITE
The pork loin cooks faster when it is butterflied, a simple cutting technique.
Pork That’s Fast on the Grill, and Flavorful Too


This butterflied pork loin, flavored with plenty of garlic, cumin and herbs, cooks quickly and feeds a crowd.
By MELISSA CLARK
Recipe: Grilled Pork Loin With Herbs, Cumin and Garlic

CITY KITCHEN
This lobster dish is a spin on a traditional Spanish tapa, pulpo a la gallega.
A Smoky Lobster Salad With a Tapa Twist


This spin on the Spanish pulpo a la gallega skips the octopus, but keeps the sea salt, olive oil, pimentón and boiled potatoes.
By DAVID TANIS
Recipe: Smoky Lobster Salad With Potatoes

EAT
Long-cooked Romano beans.
When to Cook Your Vegetables Long Past ‘Done’


Simmering for hours yields deliriously sweet and rich vegetables.
By SAMIN NOSRAT
Recipe: Long-Cooked Vegetables

Mark Strong, left, and Taron Egerton with Old Forester Statesman Whiskey in a scene from “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.”
Statesman Bourbon Hits the Big Screen and the Shelves
In a bit of reverse product placement, the spinoff of the Old Forester brand was created for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” and is now available to buy.
By ZACH SCHONBRUN

LA MORRA JOURNAL
Donneschi Zvonko, 49, harvesting pinot nero grapes in Neive. Due to the high temperatures this year, the winemaker Castello di Neive has started harvesting the grapes three weeks earlier than usual.
In Italy’s Drought-Hit Vineyards, the Harvest of a Changing Climate


Some producers in Barolo say this year’s heat wave will improve their wines. But others warn of a loss of balance, in the season and in the grapes.
By JASON HOROWITZ
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2017-08-25 10:09 am

NYT Critic’s Pick Movie

Beach Rats


Eliza Hittman’s refreshing sophomore feature centers on its main character’s existential crisis.
By BEN KENIGSBERG
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Eliza Hittman
Stars Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, Kate Hodge, Neal Huff, Nicole Flyus
Rating R
Running Time 1h 35m
Genre Drama
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2017-08-23 10:28 am

Food! Glorious Food!

Alice Waters has not shopped in a conventional grocery store for 25 years. She visited this farmers market in Denver in July.


Alice Waters on Sex, Drugs and Sustainable Agriculture
In a memoir, the chef who pioneered farm-to-table food at Chez Panisse expounds on her wild early years, her politics and how she wants to be buried.
By KIM SEVERSON

“There’s something called Vineyard magic,” said Martha Mae Jones, an artist who has been coming to the island for more than 35 years. “You’ll always meet someone from across the country that is connected to you.”


Martha’s Vineyard Has a Nourishing Magic for Black Americans
My first vacation on the island was bartered. That was seven years ago, and I’ve been drawn back every summer since.
By NICOLE TAYLOR

Think Beet and Goat Cheese Salad Is a Cliché? A New Recipe Proves It’s a Classic
Our version vibrates with the tension between salt and vinegar, crunch and richness, sweetness and tang.
By JULIA MOSKIN
Recipes: Marinated Beet Salad With Whipped Goat Cheese

What to Cook This Week


Are there any more alluring words in the English language than “melted cheese”? David Tanis has a recipe for you.
By JULIA MOSKIN

A GOOD APPETITE
Sautéed shrimp with creamed corn and feta is an inauthentic but fresh take on shrimp and grits.
Want to Make Creamed Corn Into a Meal? Add Shrimp


In this riff on shrimp and grits, fresh creamed corn spiked with feta takes the place of the usual grits.
By MELISSA CLARK
Recipe: Shrimp With Creamed Corn and Feta

CITY KITCHEN
Argentine-style grilled provoleta. Here, it has been cooked on one side and then flipped.
The Allure of Argentina’s Bubbling Cheese


Fragrant with oregano, crisped at the edges, and beginning to ooze: Provoleta, a typical appetizer, is a strong way to start a meal.
By DAVID TANIS
Recipe: Provoleta (Grilled Provolone Cheese)

EAT
A simple, unfussy delicacy, enlivened by fat and heat.
Oysters: A Love Story


Grilled with a hot-sauce butter, they become a dish worth sharing.
By TEJAL RAO
Recipe: Grilled Oysters With Hot-Sauce Butter

Stackable glasses from Spain that can be used for serving wine, cocktails or snacks.
Simple Spanish Solution For Summer Entertaining


Sold by the dozen, this tempered glassware from Food 52 beats plastic party cups.
By FLORENCE FABRICANT

The Seasonal Food Guide app gives background information on the produce and also recipes.
New App Tracks What’s In Season From Coast to Coast
By FLORENCE FABRICANT
The Seasonal Food Guide tracks the seasonality of fruits and vegetables around the country.

André Ostertag of Domaine Ostertag in the Alsace wine region of France.
Alsatian Wines Strike a Balance of Dry and Sweet


For years, the region has battled its reputation for unexpectedly sweet and cloying wines. It’s time to look again.
By ERIC ASIMOV

Perry, the traditional name for pear cider, at Blackduck Cidery in Ovid, N.Y.
Cider Moves Beyond the Apple


Pear, quince, strawberry: All kinds of flavors are being brought into play by cider makers big and small.
By JASON WILSON
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NYT Critic’s Pick Movies

Marjorie Prime


Lois Smith reprises the role of Marjorie in Michael Almereyda’s adaptation of Jordan Harrison’s play weighing the morality of artificial intelligence.
By GLENN KENNY
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Michael Almereyda
Writer Michael Almereyda
Stars Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Tim Robbins, Lois Smith, Hannah Gross
Running Time 1h 38m
Genres Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Logan Lucky


This class-conscious caper, with Channing Tatum and Adam Driver as down-on-their-luck brothers, is ridiculously entertaining.
By A. O. SCOTT
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Steven Soderbergh
Stars Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Farrah Mackenzie, Jim O'Heir
Rating PG-13
Running Time 1h 59m
Genres Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Wound


Sexual hypocrisy fuels a South African film about teenagers undergoing a circumcision ritual.
By GLENN KENNY
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director John Trengove
Writers Malusi Bengu, Thando Mgqolozana, John Trengove
Stars Nakhane Touré, Bongile Mantsai, Niza Jay, Thobani Mseleni, Gamelihle Bovana
Running Time 1h 28m
Genres Drama, Romance
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2017-08-16 01:28 pm

Food! Glorious Food!

When Jack Daniel’s Failed to Honor a Slave, an Author Rewrote History


Fawn Weaver on a farm in Lynchburg, Tenn., where Nearest Green and Jack Daniel first began distilling whiskey together.
The whiskey maker backed away from a promise to acknowledge its debt to a black distiller — until Fawn Weaver swooped into town and took up the cause.
By CLAY RISEN

The Grand Hyatt Resort, bottom left, sits about a mile and a half away from a proposed dairy farm in Poipu, Hawaii, owned by the eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.
EBay’s Founder Has a New Idea: Build a Dairy in Hawaii


Kauai residents who object are teaming up with owners of resorts that line the island’s famous beaches to try to block the dairy.
By STEPHANIE STROM

The new season of “The Great British Bake Off” will be hosted by, from left, Paul Hollywood, Sandi Toksvig, Noel Fielding and Prue Leith.
‘The Great British Bake Off’ as We Know It Is Over. What Comes Next?


The cheerful British hit has been rocked by drama since it left BBC last year. Here’s what is next for the show and its original hosts.
By LIAM STACK

The fruitcake found at Cape Adare, Victoria Land, East Antarctica, thought to be from Robert Falcon Scott’s Northern Party (1911).
Fruitcake From Robert Scott Expedition Is ‘Almost’ Edible at 106 Years Old
Conservationists who found the ice-covered dessert in Antarctica believe it once belonged to the British explorer.
By YONETTE JOSEPH

Members of the Long Island Vegetable Orchestra practicing on their vegetable instruments for a performance in July at the Oyster Bay Music Festival on Long Island. From left: Solomon Elyaho, Daniel Battaglia and David Elyaho, Solomon’s twin brother.
Cue the Carrots! Strike Up the Squash!


By ANNIE CORREAL
The musicians of the Long Island Vegetable Orchestra make their instruments from things that grow in the garden.

One article on the buttered roll and a writer gets flamed.
Buttered Roll Redux: A Lowly Breakfast Food Begets High Drama
“With the amount of breaking news stories in the world, who could possibly be that interested in a little essay about buttered rolls?”
By SADIE STEIN

SCIENCE
We Need to Talk Some More About Your Dirty Sponges
Trilobites
By JOANNA KLEIN

THE CHEF
For Niven Patel, Farm-to-Table Cooking Means Taro and Mangoes


The Miami chef grows produce in his backyard in Homestead, Fla. — the only part of the contiguous United States with a tropical monsoon climate.
By RACHEL WHARTON
Recipes: Eggplant Ravaiya | Roasted Mango or Banana Lassi

Classic deviled eggs.
Embrace the Egg!


In summer, the humble hard-boiled egg can turn a tomato sandwich into dinner, or a potato salad into a vegetarian main course. Make some today.
By JULIA MOSKIN

Crescent cookies are an easy way to celebrate the total solar eclipse.
Meals for Your Eclipse Menu


In parts of the United States, the eclipse will occur around lunchtime. Consider planning a picnic. (At least, have a crescent-shaped cookie.)
By SARA BONISTEEL
More: Solar Eclipse Recipes from NYT Cooking

Fruit Cobbler Shows Off Its Many Sides
A Good Appetite
By MELISSA CLARK
Recipe: Fruit Cobbler

CITY KITCHEN
Swap the Hot Grill for a Cool Drink and Low Oven


Thai-style pork ribs, marinated with honey, soy and ginger, just need a turn in the oven before being painted with glaze.
By DAVID TANIS
Recipe: Thai-Style Spare Ribs

COOKING
ON DESSERT
Elevating the Humble Cookie


Ispahan Sablés.
Pierre Hermé’s raspberry and rose sablés taste wonderfully complex, but making them is easy.
By DORIE GREENSPAN
Recipe: Pierre Hermé’s Ispahan Sablés

EAT
Warm tofu and fresh soybeans cooked in salted French butter and celery-seed gastrique.
How to Have Your Health Food and Love It, Too


Make your own tofu, then serve it with a French butter sauce – the best of two very different kinds of cooking.
By GABRIELLE HAMILTON
Recipe: Warm Tofu and Fresh Soybeans Cooked in Salted French Butter and Celery-Seed Gastrique

WINES OF THE TIMES
Though not the typical thirst quencher, good white Rioja is both refreshing and interesting.
Rich and Okay, White Rioja Bends the Summer Standard
By ERIC ASIMOV
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2017-08-11 08:48 am

NYT Critic’s Pick Movie

Review: A True-Life Journey Into Interstellar Space in ‘The Farthest’
THE FARTHEST


Emer Reynolds’s dazzling film traces the history of Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. Like the NASA team that produced these spacecraft, it inspires awe.
By ANDY WEBSTER
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Emer Reynolds
Writer Emer Reynolds
Stars Frank Drake, Carolyn Porco, John Casani, Lawrence Krauss, Timothy Ferris
Running Time 2h 1m
Genres Documentary, History
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2017-08-09 11:11 am

Food! Glorious Food!

Can You Develop Food Allergies at Any Age?
Preliminary data from a large, new national study suggests that over half of American adults with a food allergy developed it after age 18.
By SOPHIE EGAN


TRILOBITES
Microwaving your dirty sponge will only kill some of the bacteria on it, leaving the strongest, smelliest and potentially most pathogenic strains.
Cleaning a Dirty Sponge Only Helps Its Worst Bacteria, Study Says
Researchers found that microwaving, boiling or throwing used sponges in the dishwasher encouraged the proliferation of its strongest microbes.
By JOANNA KLEIN


Icy, Sweet and Instagram-Ready


Ingenious takes on soft serve, shaved ice and other treats from Thailand, Japan and South Korea are putting the American scoop shop to shame.
By JULIA MOSKIN

Mastering the Art of Home Restoration: A Julia Child Sequel


A new owner is undertaking efforts to revive Mrs. Child’s Georgetown home, which has fallen into disrepair in recent years.
By NOAH WEILAND

Free Alaskan Salmon: Just Bring a Net and Expect a Crowd


Amateurs pack the shores of the Kenai River, perhaps the most colorful, and contentious, fishing spot in America.
By JULIA O'MALLEY

An Impossible Burger, which resembles meat but is made of plant products.
Impossible Burger’s ‘Secret Sauce’ Highlights Challenges of Food Tech
The start-up is finding out what happens when a fast-moving venture capital business runs into the staid world of government regulation.
By STEPHANIE STROM

A GOOD APPETITE
Grilled steak tacos with a cherry tomato salsa.


These Tacos Get Their Fire From the Grill
A stint over the flame brings out the best in all the components of these skirt steak tacos — even the salsa.
By MELISSA CLARK
Recipe: Grilled Steak Tacos With Cherry Tomato-Avocado Salsa

CITY KITCHEN
A Cool Solution for Hot Summer Nights


This supper is the ideal opportunity to use all those glorious vegetables at the farmers’ market.
By DAVID TANIS
Recipes: Green Beans With Herbs and Olives | Tomatoes With Basil and Anchovies | Okra Salad With Toasted Cumin | Grilled Eggplant, Peppers and Onions | Lemony Zucchini Slaw

Preserves and marmalade from Gregory Benjamin.
Award-Winning Marmalades to Gift or Devour
Gregory Benjamin Preserves and Marmalades are made in a church kitchen in Carversville, Pa.
By FLORENCE FABRICANT

Some cherries from Hood River Cherry Company are available until the end of August.
A Dark and Sweet Cherry for the Dog Days of Summer
Hood River Cherry Company ripens its cherries on the branch, which extends the season till the end of summer.
By FLORENCE FABRICANT

Ice creams and sorbets come in Scandinavian and traditional flavors at the new Great Northern Creamery in the Great Northern Food Hall at Grand Central Terminal.
Bracing Ice Cream Flavors From Scandinavia
Frozen desserts made with sea buckthorn berries and rye are the stars at a new cart in Grand Central Terminal.
By FLORENCE FABRICANT

Cream of crab soup from Cameron’s, which has started shipping its products fresh nationwide.
Crab Cakes Fresh From Maryland
Cameron’s, a seafood company, is now shipping its crab cakes and cream of crab soup nationwide.
By FLORENCE FABRICANT

EAT
Why You Should Burn Your Vegetables


Hot slaw, Mexican-style.
For this Mexican-style slaw, use the power of fire and smoke.
Recipe: Hot Slaw, Mexican-Style | Crema
By SAM SIFTON

At Pépé Le Moko in Portland, Ore., new versions of, from left: an amaretto sour, a Blue Hawaii, a Long Island iced tea and a Grasshopper.
When Bad Drinks Go Good


The Long Island iced tea, the Midori sour, the Blue Hawaii: Fussy bartenders are upgrading these decidedly down-market cocktails.
By ROBERT SIMONSON
Recipe: Amaretto Sour

THE POUR
“I have never heard of ramisco being able to grow anywhere else, and I know a lot of people tried,” Nuno Ramilo said. His family’s business, Casal do Ramilo, has been making wines from the clay soils in the Colares region of Portugal since 1937.
Colares, Where the Vineyards Snake Through the Sand


The savory, distinctive Portuguese wines come from unusual vineyards along the Atlantic coast, continental Europe’s westernmost growing region.
By ERIC ASIMOV

Olive juice formulated by Gaea for vodka and gin.
Dirty Cocktails Without the Pits
Juices for those who like their martinis dirty but free from olives.
By FLORENCE FABRICANT

Obits
Christian Millau and Henri Gault, behind him at left, in a Paris restaurant in 1977 to promote a new edition of their “Gault and Millau” restaurant guide.
Christian Millau, 88, Co-Founder of Lively Restaurant Guide, Dies


Mr. Millau, with Henri Gault, took aim at the Michelin Guide, which he called stodgy and as terse as “a telephone book.”
By WILLIAM GRIMES

AN APPRAISAL
Remembering Judith Jones and Her Recipe for Food Writing


The cookbook editor, who died Wednesday, inspired and sometimes intimidated the chefs and writers she guided.
By KIM SEVERSON

Judith Jones, Editor of Literature and Culinary Delight, Dies at 93
Ms. Jones discovered Julia Child and other venerated culinary writers, and pushed for the American publication of Anne Frank’s diary.
By ROBERT D. McFADDEN
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2017-08-05 05:47 pm

Communications Around Here

Someone hold up a phone:

"Who's that?" I ask.

"My brother." Someone answers, who had eight brothers and two sisters, now only seven brothers and two sisters.

"Which one?" I ask.

"From the farm." Someone answers, which narrows it down to two.

"Which one?" I ask.

"The short one." Someone answers.
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2017-08-04 12:37 pm

NYT Critic’s Pick Movies Plus One of Possible Interest -- The Catchup Edition

Wind River
NYT Critic’s Pick R Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller Directed by Taylor Sheridan


A rookie investigator meets her match while investigating a murder on an Indian reservation.
By GLENN KENNY
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Taylor Sheridan
Stars Kelsey Asbille, Jeremy Renner, Julia Jones, Teo Briones, Apesanahkwat .
Rating R
Running Time 1h 47m
Genres Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller


Columbus
NYT Critic’s Pick Comedy, Drama, Romance Directed by Kogonada


The video essayist Kogonada uses architecture to pose larger questions in a small Indiana town.
By BEN KENIGSBERG
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Kogonada
Stars John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey, Erin Allegretti, Rory Culkin
Running Time 1h 40m
Genres Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Incredible Jessica James
NYT Critic’s Pick Comedy Directed by Jim Strouse


Jessica Williams shines as a young playwright struggling with rejection — professionally and romantically — in this film streaming on Netflix.
By NICOLE HERRINGTON
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Jim Strouse
Writer Jim Strouse
Stars Lakeith Stanfield, Chris O'Dowd, Noël Wells, Jessica Williams, Zabryna Guevara
Running Time 1h 25m
Genre Comedy


Menashe
NYT Critic’s Pick PG Drama Directed by Joshua Z Weinstein


In this sweet, often understated film set in a Hasidic neighborhood, the title character is a widower who must remarry to regain custody of his son.
By KEN JAWOROWSKI
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Joshua Z Weinstein
Writers Alex Lipschultz, Musa Syeed, Joshua Z Weinstein
Stars Menashe Lustig, Yoel Falkowitz
Rating PG
Running Time 1h 22m
Genre Drama


An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
NYT Critic’s Pick PG Documentary Directed by Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk


A follow-up to “An Inconvenient Truth,” with new information on climate change and even some positive developments.
By BEN KENIGSBERG
NYT Critic’s Pick
Directors Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk
Stars Al Gore, Barack Obama, Donald J. Trump, Tom Rielly
Rating PG
Running Time 1h 38m
Genre Documentary


Brigsby Bear
NYT Critic’s Pick PG-13 Comedy, Drama Directed by Dave McCary


In this absurdly charming film, Kyle Mooney plays an obsessed fan who discovers that there is an entire world waiting for him beyond his TV.
By MANOHLA DARGIS
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Dave McCary
Stars Mark Hamill, Claire Danes, Kyle Mooney, Greg Kinnear, Andy Samberg
Rating PG-13
Running Time 1h 40m
Genres Comedy, Drama

Escapes
NYT Critic’s Pick Not Rated Documentary Directed by Michael Almereyda


In this engaging documentary, Michael Almereyda looks at the screenwriter Hampton Fancher, one of the seers behind the 1982 “Blade Runner.”
By MANOHLA DARGIS
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Michael Almereyda
Writer Michael Almereyda
Star Hampton Fancher
Rating Not Rated
Running Time 1h 29m
Genre Documentary

-- Of Possible Interest --

The Dark Tower


Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey star in “The Dark Tower,” a mess of a movie based on Stephen King’s sprawling, multivolume series of the same title.
By MANOHLA DARGIS
Director Nikolaj Arcel
Stars Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Katheryn Winnick, Jackie Earle Haley
Rating PG-13
Running Time 1h 35m
Genres Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Western
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2017-08-02 07:35 am

Food! Glorious Food!

THE MALE ANIMAL
Losing the Fight Against ‘Dad Bod’
By SRIDHAR PAPPU
Meet the men who seem unable to win the battle against those extra five to 15 pounds.

STATE OF THE ART
Tiffany Lo, who helped launch BuzzFeed’s food videos, during a shoot of a shredded chicken dish.
How BuzzFeed’s Tasty Conquered Online Food
By FARHAD MANJOO
Those overhead food videos that you watch and watch? BuzzFeed’s Tasty has mastered the format to become one of the world’s most popular content producers.

Reality Bites
By SAM SIFTON
It’s Monday, and you probably don’t have all the time in the world: Keep it simple with David Tanis’s chilled watermelon soup, or maybe some cold sesame noodles.

CITY KITCHEN
A gazpacho-like cold soup, paired with hot pepper and lime juice, is elegant in its simplicity.
Watermelon Grows Up


A gazpacho-like cold soup, paired with hot pepper and lime juice, is a far cry from the plain fruit of childhood but still elegant in its simplicity.
By DAVID TANIS
Recipe: Chilled Watermelon Soup

A Quick, Satisfying Fix for Weeknight Chicken


By MELISSA CLARK
When pounded thin and marinated, chicken breasts stay juicy and tender.
Recipe: Grilled Chicken Breasts With Spicy Cucumbers

EAT
Patra Ni Machhi — fish with green coconut chutney grilled in banana leaves.
How Grilling Fish Wrapped in Banana Leaves Teaches You to Trust Your Intuition


Flaky fish with a spicy coconut chutney is Parsi cooking at its best.
By SAMIN NOSRAT
Recipe: Patra Ni Machhi


Your Next Lesson: Godello From Spain
By ERIC ASIMOV
This white grape almost disappeared from Spain in the middle of the 20th century, but a dedicated group succeeded in reviving it.