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.

4 Food-Origin Tidbits to Dish Out at Parties

by in News, November 30th, 2016

4 Food-Origin Tidbits to Dish Out at PartiesYour favorite foods always please you — that’s why they’re your faves. But who knew they could also surprise you? A video posted online by the network Great Big Story fills us all in on the unexpected origins of six disparate yet equally beloved foods.

Here are four takeaways from the video to trot out and impress the people you’re stuck making small talk with at all those holiday parties you’re apt to find yourself at this season.

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Familiar Food Network Faces Among People’s Sexiest Chefs Alive

by in Food Network Chef, News, November 29th, 2016

Franco NoriegaBeing handy in the kitchen is a deeply attractive quality — the way to the heart is through the stomach and all that. So we probably didn’t need People magazine to tell us that a man who cooks is sexy. Still, it’s nice to see the chefs honored in the publication’s “sexiest man alive 2016” package get some deserved recognition for heating up the kitchen without firing up the stove.

Several friends of Food Network made People’s list, including Franco Noriega (pictured above), a former underwear model and New York restaurateur (the Lower East Side Peruvian chicken spot Baby Brasa). And while the magazine celebrates him for his “ripped” abs and “drool”-worthy Instagram snaps, we’re equally as likely to drool over the Peruvian-style chicken recipe he recently shared on The Kitchen.

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Why You May Want to Sprinkle Salt (Not Sugar) on Your Grapefruit

by in News, November 29th, 2016

Why You May Want to Sprinkle Salt (Not Sugar) on Your GrapefruitMany of us consider grapefruit’s natural granular mate to be sugar. But it seems generations of Americans were more inclined to pair their grapefruit with another easy-to-sprinkle crystal: salt.

In fact, in a post on NPR’s The Salt blog (which is not, of course, a blog only about salt), science historian Nadia Berenstein dubs grapefruit and salt an “unlikely power couple,” noting that during much of the 20th century marketers linked the two, claiming the latter was capable of making the former taste sweeter.

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Millennials Are Really Into Coffee

by in News, November 22nd, 2016

For many of us, there’s more in a cup of coffee than a rousing jolt of caffeine. There’s comfort. There’s community. There is, perhaps, even a sense of identity. That may be true for none of us more so than millennials, whose insatiable jones for java, it seems, is behind a global surge in demand for coffee, bringing it to an all-time high.

Coffee consumption worldwide among those 19 to 34 — especially in the United States, the leading consumer of coffee, but also in Brazil and China — has more than offset a mild decline in demand for the evil bean among the older generations, according to data cited by Bloomberg.

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Learning to Appreciate the Sad Desk Lunch

by in News, November 21st, 2016

Learning to Appreciate the Sad Desk LunchSo many of us have been there: the sad desk lunch. Sitting in your cubicle, tapping out emails to your boss, feeling harassed by the hot breath of deadlines and your endless to-do list, and eating … oof, what is that, anyway? Last week’s leftover salmon loaf (cold), parts of it stuck to the tinfoil you hastily wrapped it in? A salad of wilted leaves drowning in coagulated dressing? The other half of the turkey sandwich you weren’t so into when you ate the first half — which was … uh … when was it, again?

According to the tagline on the website Sad Desk Lunch, which shares images of prime sad specimens, 62 percent of American office workers usually eat their lunch in the same spot where they work all day.

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Are We Living Through the Great Avocado Shortage of 2016?

by in News, November 20th, 2016

Horrors! Is your avocado toast addiction in danger? Will you soon have to go cold turkey and suffer whatever effects of withdrawal come with it? The shakes? The cravings? The hunger screaming from deep in your soul?

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Trendy Makeup Cakes Are Ready for Their Close-Up

by in News, November 17th, 2016

Trendy Makeup Cakes Are Ready for Their Close-UpSome people are really into makeup. Some (maybe all?) are really into cakes. And a substantial number of people, it turns out, are really into makeup cakes.

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Who Knew Ranch Dressing Was So Divisive?

by in News, November 15th, 2016

Who Knew Ranch Dressing Was So Divisive?Long a controversial condiment — there are those who love it, and those who very vocally do not — the creamy topping, used by its numerous fans on everything from salad to pizza, is in foodie focus after Ben Adler, a staff writer covering environmental politics and policy at Grist, wrote a scathing takedown of it that was published in The Washington Post.

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Neiman Marcus’ $66 Collard Greens Are Sold Out

by in News, November 9th, 2016

Neiman Marcus' $66 Collard Greens Are All Sold Out“Needless Markup” indeed. Neiman Marcus — which offers on its website such necessities as a private airplane entirely covered in rose gold for $1,500,000 (such a deal!) and a “curated collection” of 36 children’s books for $100,000 (Caldecott winners, but still …) — is not known for its low prices. Yet the luxury department store recently may have set a new bar for price-tag overreach by offering collard greens, that staple of down-home Southern cuisine, for (hang onto your wallet) $66, plus $15.50 shipping.

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How to Save on Your Grocery Bills

by in News, November 7th, 2016

How to Save on Your Grocery BillsEven if you’ve taken the time to make a food budget (and if you have, here’s to you!), all that careful planning can get knocked sideways in an instant. You order in on a whim. (You’re busy!) You splurge on a pricey treat. (You deserve it!) You cave to the pressure to spend to save. (Who has time to do math?)

Money magazine has just pegged a few “food budget busters” and how to guard against them. They are …

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