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Vegetarian

This is a dish from Friuli, with clear Mittel Europe inspiration and flavor, and it is one of the few occasions where butter is actually better than olive oil.

Quinces wait quietly for the few people that know how to cook them.

When roasted, the flesh of winter squashes such as butternut, acorn, and kabocha becomes creamy and dense and caramelizes on the cut surfaces.

Barley is a great substitute for risotto, especially when you don't have a lot of time to spend stirring the pot. 

What a surprise it was to taste tomatoes this sugary, a vivid reminder that they are in fact berries, not vegetables.

A perfect summer combination.

This is a specialty from Surat in northwestern India. I am always drawn to the scent of a green papaya enhanced by nutty mustard seed popped in hot oil.

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  • A look at the history of sugar, from art and language to 3-D printing

    Darra Goldstein is editor in chief of The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, an 888-page reference guide to all things sweet. "The book is really a compendium of human desires, a cultural history of desire for things that are sweet and what it has caused in the world, in both the realm of pleasure and also of pain," she says.

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Before paper confetti was invented, people threw candied nuts and plaster

A history of confetti from The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets edited by Darra Goldstein.