As the news cycle continues its consistent (and sadly, oftentimes, successful) path to ruining our moods, it's particularly heartening to see the steady flow of seasonal gift guides with an emphasis on giving back this year. We like to show our love through food and we've been on a gorgeously gluttonous adventure this season, with Jewish Comfort Food and Christmas Cookiesgalore. While we're still stocking up on recipes for the perfect holiday feast coming up, we're pretty pumped for our upcoming month of wellness - withSuperfoods and Adaptogens, Meals for Mental Health (with the fabulousSeamus Mullen!) and Gluten Free Italian, January is looking mighty delicious.
(For those still searching for the perfect present for that special someone, our Giving Guide at Life Beyond The Recipe has some fabulous festive options for you)
THE SOMMELIER’S APPROACH TO THE SANDWICH COOKIE
Why not take Nabisco to the next level by pairing wine with oreos
LATKES TRUMP LOVE
Online dating apps such as Tinder and Bumble are proving more helpful for finding moreish meals rather than the perfect match for travelers.
THE BITES ON OUR BRAIN
THE NEW YORK INSTITUTION CURING OUR SALMON AND OUR SOULS
A visit to Russ & Daughters means a trip back in time through generations of the city’s best lox and bagels.
THE CULTURE WE’RE CRAVING
Though December is unavoidably manic with the crush of last minute shopping (and the crush of by now, well worn holiday heels), make sure to make time to visit one of this year’s most powerful exhibitions - Hilma af Klint’s extraordinary collection of abstract paintings now on display at the Guggenheim
THE FOOD FIGHT WE’RE BACKING
Michael Caines, one of the UK’s only black Michelin star chef, is speaking out about the lack of diversity in the industry.
THE HOLIDAY TIPS WE’RE TAKING
We’ll trust the Bon Appetit crew to provide some stellar feasting advice.
THE GLITTER THAT GIVES BACK
We’ve always loved Catbird for their gorgeous jewelry and we can feel extra good about giving (and self-gifting) some gold this season with portions of all purchases going to such organizations as the ACLU, Doctor’s Without Borders and the Citizen’s Climate Lobby through the Catbird Foundation.
WHERE WE’LL BE STOPPING FOR SOME MID-SHOPPING SWEETS
Milk Bar is opening its new Union Square store tomorrow, and we’re betting their new S’mores Sundae will help us power through our last minute retail haul.
THE HOLIDAY DRINKS DELIGHTING US
Mace, the downtown cocktail bar serving up some of the city’s best and most thoughtfully crafted drinks year round, has a Christmas pop up bar, Miraclethat we’ve been dreaming of (the Partridge in a Pear Tree pairing tequila, pear brandy and mezcal is a delight!)
THE TALES OF THE 2018 TABLE
In a year that saw industry icons fall and kitchen cultures upended, we also encountered less weighty stories, such as the rise of “procrastibaking” and theresurgence of ranch dressing - take more than a moment to devour this delicious round up of the NYTimes top food stories from this past year.
THE SWEETNESS WE’RE SEARCHING FOR
As the number of pastry chefs employed nationwide begins to dwindle, how are the dessert dreamers conjuring up new interest in the the end of meal treats?
THE STOCKING STUFFER WE’RE SALIVATING OVER
Looking for a feast of the seven fishes at the foot of the fireplace with these canned, cured beauties.
HOW WE’RE ADORNING OUR HOLIDAY TABLE
With these gorgeous (and scrumptious) feast of the seven fishes marzipan bites from the fabulous Fortunato Brothers in Williamsburg.
THE TRENDS WE’RE TRACKING
As we gear up for a full month devoted to wellness in January, we’re keeping stock of some seriously exciting trends in self-care for the coming year
AND THE ONES WE’RE BIDDING GOODBYE
These trends are tired - let’s give them a well earned break in 2019
T H E C O O K S P A C E C R E W