All Posts By Amy Reiter

Amy Reiter is a writer and editor based in New York. A regular contributor to The Los Angeles Times, she has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Glamour, Marie Claire and Wine Spectator, among other print publications, as well as for websites including The Daily Beast, MSN, Babble, AOL/Huffington Post and Salon, where she was a longtime editor and senior writer.

Scientists Say They’ve Discovered a Sixth Basic Taste: Fat

by in News, August 2nd, 2015

Scientists Say They've Discovered a Sixth Basic Taste: FatFirst, there were four basic tastes: sour, sweet, salty and bitter. Then scientists said they’d uncovered a fifth: umami, the savory flavor of, say, truffles, meat and anchovies, summoned by monosodium glutamate, or MSG. Now researchers at Purdue University say they’ve found evidence that there’s a sixth basic taste: fat.

Fat — the longest of the three fatty acids you can find in a mouthful of steak or a dribble of olive oil — “is likely another one of the basic tastes. I think we have pretty clear evidence for this,” Purdue professor of nutrition science Richard Mattes, the new study’s lead author, told the Washington Post.

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A New Trend Is Brewing: Tea Sommeliers

by in News, August 1st, 2015

A New Trend Is Brewing: Tea SommeliersSommeliers in restaurants, as we all know, usually recommend the right wine to drink with a dish. The right pairing can summon amazing flavors, just as the wrong one can completely knock the taste of everything off track.

Now there are people who do the same thing for tea, NPR’s The Salt blog reports. Yes, tea sommeliers are an actual thing.

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Trend Alert: Yogurt That Is Savory, Not Sweet

by in News, July 29th, 2015

Trend Alert: Yogurt That Is Savory, Not SweetHere in the U.S. of A., we think of yogurt as a sweet treat. That’s apparently by design. Back in the 1940s, a European immigrant named Daniel Carasso, a member of the family that founded Dannon, added fruity jam to the bottom of tangy, tart fermented milk to make it more appealing to us sugar-loving Americans, NPR’s The Salt blog reports.

Nowadays, we enjoy yogurt all sorts of ways — in a cup, a cone or a tube you can squeeze, in flavors familiar or far-fetched — but one way we’ve rarely eaten it is … salty. That may be about to change.

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You Just Can’t Control Yourself Around Free Office Food, Can You?

by in News, July 28th, 2015

You Just Can't Control Yourself Around Free Office Food, Can You?Tell me this has never happened to you: You’re at your desk, working diligently against deadline (or surreptitiously doing a touch of online shopping, whatever), when all of a sudden an intraoffice email pops up alerting you that there are free doughnuts — free doughnuts! — in the conference room.

Suddenly, you’re off like a shot, ditching your desk chair so fast you leave it spinning, in order to make sure you don’t miss out on the gratis grub. Your response may lack dignity, and you may not even have been hungry, but, dude, we have all been there.

How to explain this common response to free office food? The Huffington Post has consulted experts and concluded it is part nature and part nurture.

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Your Reusable Bag Made You Buy That Ice Cream (It’s Not Your Fault!)

by in News, July 27th, 2015

Your Reusable Bag Made You Buy That Ice Cream (It's Not Your Fault!)You actually remember (for once!) to bring your reusable shopping bag with you to the market. With your environmental concerns front of mind, you stock up on organic fruits and veggies. Then, feeling virtuous and self-satisfied, you reward yourself with a container of your favorite ice cream or a big bag of chips.

Sound familiar? Scientists have spotted a trend: When consumers bring their own bags along to the supermarket, they tend to buy more organic produce — and more treats and snack foods.

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The Modern Family Cookbook Is Coming

by in Books, News, July 25th, 2015

The Modern Family CookbookRemotes down, spatulas up, Modern Family fans. Now you can master recipes inspired by the hit TV sitcom, served with a side of sly humor. Time Inc. Books imprint Oxmoor House is set to release The Modern Family Cookbook on September 22, the day before the show’s seventh season hits the air.

The book’s 100 simple, family-friendly recipes — suitable for a variety of meals and holidays — evoke the show’s quirky cast and characters, and allude to key onscreen moments. So “peerents” and kids alike can whip up Cam’s Country-Comes-to-Town Farmhouse Breakfast or Phil’s Traditional First-Day-of-School Pancakes — “Don’t forget the whipped cream smile!” the press release chirps — as well as Dunphy’s Failsafe Roast Chicken and Manny’s Chocolate Torte.

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These Retro-Themed Cookies Will Make You Hunger for the ’90s

by in News, July 24th, 2015

These Retro-Themed Cookies Will Make You Hunger for the '90sOf all the colorful cookies Tokyo-based baker Ayaka Matsuno has shared on Tumblr — and there are lots and lots — the most-sweetly nostalgic may be the cookies that conjure images from the ’90s, especially for those who enjoyed that very decade. (Foodbeast has dubbed the cookies “throwback” collection.)

Matsuno’s iced treats are evocative, imaginative and playful. You got your cassette tapes, your Game Boy cartridges, your Super Nintendo consoles and your faceless heads of Princess Diana (we’re pretty sure that lovely hair and crown are inspired by the late beloved British royal).

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This Just In: Being a Foodie Is Good for You

by in News, July 20th, 2015

This Just In: Being a Foodie Is Good for YouA new study conducted by the Cornell Food and Brand Lab has found that adventurous eaters — or “food neophiles,” as the researchers term them — tend to have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those whose eating habits are more restricted.

The study, published in the journal Obesity, included a nationwide online survey of 501 diverse young women (average age around 27) that measured how adventurous their eating habits were, as well as their perceptions of new foods, the characteristics of their lifestyle and psychology, and their BMI. Not only did adventurous eaters — those more inclined to eat foods like seitan, beef tongue, kimchi, rabbit and polenta — tend to have lower BMIs, they were also more prone to cook foods linked to their own heritage, have people over for dinner, engage in physical activities and be mindful about healthy food consumption.

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Camp-Food Delivery Service Aims to Enhance Your Adventures

by in News, July 17th, 2015

Camp-Food Delivery Service Aims to Enhance Your AdventuresS’mores are all very well and good (and when done precisely to your taste, well, very good), but a new app and website — Fireside Provisions — takes camp food to the next level.

Click through and you can have healthy, high-end-sounding camp food — scones with “natural jams,” Starbucks coffee, maple mustard pork chops and spicy chili-baked yams, and yes, “gourmet s’mores” (not to mention essentials like organic sunscreen and soap, natural toothpaste and biodegradable toilet paper) — delivered right to your door in advance of your camping trip.

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5 Ways to Make Ice Cream Scooping Simpler

by in News, July 15th, 2015

­5 Ways to Make Ice Cream Scooping SimplerDear Summer,

Thank you for giving us an excuse to eat ice cream every day — sometimes more than once..

Love,
Everyone

There, now that that’s over with, let’s talk scooping. I always thought a scoop was a scoop was a scoop (unless you’re talking about a super-duper ultra-big scooper like this one). But the Huffington Post has just offered five tips to make scooping easier — and, by extension, make summer even better.

For softer ice cream and smoother scooping, the site suggests:

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