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Ingredient Wed Apr 14 2010

Hating Cilantro is Natural

"Because it tastes like soap," my mother would say in a dismissive tone, when I asked her why she hated cilantro so much. "You've tasted soap before?" I would sarcastically reply, images of Dove-flavored milkshakes dancing through my head.

We got nowhere in this argument, but now I can attribute her dislike (and my like) of cilantro to genetics: an article in today's NYT reveals that we may have genetic predispositions and sensory-driven biases to such contentious spices as arugula and coriander--debates that enhance the importance of "smell and taste to survival, and the brain's constant updating of its database of experiences." How Fight Club!

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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