Some of the World’s Best Gin Comes From…Spain?

Gin-tonic-obsessed Spaniards are distilling some exceptional spirits; here are five gins so good you’ll want to sip them neat Sometime in the past dozen years, bartenders in Spain stopped asking what you wanted to drink. They didn’t have to; everyone wanted a gin tonic. (The Spanish drop the “and” for a smoother phrase.) A G&T in… Continue reading “Some of the World’s Best Gin Comes From…Spain?”

Are These the World’s Best Refried Beans?

From the Saveur archives: Unearthing the legendary refritos from Austin’s Las Manitas The beloved refried beans, recreated from the recipe shared with us by Austin’s Las Manitas Matt Taylor-Gross Archives are imperfect. Anyone who’s ever cleared out a long-neglected basement or garage knows how easy it is to accidentally toss out cherished keepsakes, like a family… Continue reading “Are These the World’s Best Refried Beans?”

Why American Jews Eat Chinese Food on Christmas

On Christmas in America, Jews eat Chinese food. So the story goes. According to the food blog First We Feast, the New York Chinese food restaurant Shun Lee West books 1,300 reservations on Christmas Day, as of 2014. The Atlantic reports that the tradition was well in place by 1910. The assumption many people might make… Continue reading “Why American Jews Eat Chinese Food on Christmas”

Beautiful midcentury book covers in ‘The Illustrated Dust Jacket’

“The Illustrated Dust Jacket, 1920-1970” by Martin Salisbury; Thames & Hudson (200 pages, $39.95) ——— What makes an outstanding book cover? The Book Jacket Designers Guild of the 1940s and ’50s defined the art as the “successful integration of concept with graphic means … and expression of the spirit of the book.” In other words, a… Continue reading “Beautiful midcentury book covers in ‘The Illustrated Dust Jacket’”

US cheese-making states to enjoy tariff boon

US cheese-producing states, especially Wisconsin, the nation’s largest producer, will benefit from China’s recent move to reduce tariffs on cheese from 12 percent to 8 percent. The tariff reduction on US cheese was one of 187 US product categories that China cut tariffs on by 17.3 percent to 7.7 percent. In 2016, Wisconsin was the fourth-largest… Continue reading “US cheese-making states to enjoy tariff boon”