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Disclaimer: This article was sponsored by Travel Texas, the state's tourism office. That said, it has illuminating info on Texas BBQ history and how the traditional trinity of oak-smoked brisket, ribs, and sausage pioneered by African, Spanish, Mexican, German, and Czech cooks in the state has evolved into today's multicultural mix of joints that embrace Ethiopian, Pakistani, Persian, Vietnamese, and Japanese barbecue influences.
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You can find millions of recipes on the web. Who needs a printed cookbook? Judging by sales, millions of people do. There's something about cooking from a printed book by a trusted author. To discover what that is, check out this season's new cookbook crop, including guides to Taiwanese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Filipino cooking, and recipes for Mexican grilling, a bevy of desserts, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Food & Wine put out an inclusive roundup. Here are others from Simply Recipes, Tasting Table, and Eater. Happy cooking!
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Eighty-two US cities, including New York and Los Angeles, have banned gas stoves in new construction. The feds are now considering national regulations. Why? Gas stoves emit indoor air pollutants like nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide at high enough levels to be illegal outside, but there is no regulation for indoor emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency and World Health Organization have linked gas stove use to increased risk for childhood asthma and other respiratory diseases. The methane from indoor gas combustion is also responsible for about 13% of US greenhouse gas emissions, a notable contribution to climate change. Don't worry. No one's coming for your gas stove. But you might want to turn on your range hood.
Tastemakers Unveil The Year's Best Cookbooks
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Looking for a new cooking technique? Try simple brioche-crusted salmon from Sunday Best by Adrienne Cheatham. Need something else to do with winter squash? Braise it with fermented black beans like Hannah Che in The Vegan Chinese Kitchen. This year's best cookbooks offer a little of everything from novel recipes to inspired storytelling. Some of the same top titles show up in best-of lists at the New York Times, at Bon Appétit, and at Robb Report. Happy cooking!
Purple Yams And Baked Alaska: Cue The 2023 Food Trend Predictions
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Even before the Thanksgiving turkeys were thawed, the oracles of indulgence had cast their bets on the food we'll be obsessed with next year. Af&co. and Carbonate has been prognosticating for 15 years. Their top picks for 2023? Baked Alaska, ube (purple yam), maitake mushrooms, koji, Nigerian cuisine, and briny cocktails. Mintel also predicts that functional foods boosting our focus and improving our gut health will take center stage. "Space food" will also continue to capture our imaginations: Think powdered this and freeze-dried that. It's back to future next year!