What We're Reading: October 6, 2014

 

The Middle East's answer to peanut butter: a guide to tahini. [The Kitchn

 

The history behind Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray soda, a vegetable loner in a world of cola and lemon-lime. [Serious Eats

 

Pop-Tarts turns 50 this year, so here are a few facts to celebrate our favorite toast pastry. [HuffPo

 

The not-so-secret agenda behind Costco’s free samples. [... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: Simple Summer Seafood

 

Summertime is all about the water—whether you're swimming in it or eating from it. We crave seafood this time of year, but we like to keep it simple with ceviches, seafood salads, and sandwiches that come together quickly so we can spend less time in the kitchen and more time on the beach.

 

Lobster Rolls

Is there anything better than sweet chunks of fresh, chilled lobster tossed with mayonnaise (Hellman's, of course) and served in a warm, buttered bun? With cooked lobster meat made ahead of time (or better yet, left over from a lobster boil the night before) this New England classic couldn't be easier to make.

 

Summer Crab and Tomato Salad

JBF Award winner Donald Link serves this light, flavorful salad with simply dressed watercress... Read more >

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The Bookshelf: Everyday Harumi

Everyday HarumiHarumi Kurihara wants Japanese cooking to come naturally. In her introduction of her new cookbook, Everyday Harumi, she writes, "I would like to see people around the world...being able to say, 'I feel like eating Japanese food. What shall I make?'" For those of us who have trouble making the food reach our mouths when using chopsticks, Harumi's mission may sound like a pipe dream. But she tries her best to keep things simple: while her list of pantry essentials adds up to 16 items, almost all of them can be found at upscale grocers like Whole Foods. And true to the book's title, the light soups, salads, and mains are largely uncomplicated—once you've made them, they can easily join your weeknight repertoire. When we spoke with Harumi, she revealed that her favorite Japanese staples include

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