How My Father Survived a Communist Labor Camp & Forged a New Life

There’s a defining scar in my father’s heel. It’s deep and dry and cracked—and self-inflicted. The mark is a remnant of his six years on a Communist labor farm in his youth, when one night he purposely took a scythe to his flesh to cause enough injury to be granted rest, despite not completing his […]

How to Make Donuts From Scratch (Like You Know What You’re Doing)

Doughnuts, for me, represent absolute perfection. Don’t get me wrong: Pie is my number one; cake is near the top of my list; and I’ve never met a cookie I didn’t like. But doughnuts…there isn’t much in this world that’s better than a good—no, a GREAT—doughnut. Sure, they can be doused in sugary glaze and […]

The Radical History of the Rainbow Cake

Stacked and decorated (we ended up going for a “naked” frosted effect), our rainbow layer cake looked like it came straight out of a magazine. For such an innocuous Instagram post, the entire thing was surprisingly elaborate. And I’m not just talking about having to bake so many layers, and ending up with pink-stained fingers […]

Guacamole Gets Even Better, Thanks to This Genius Move

With Genius Recipes correspondent Kristen off for a few months trying to raise a genius newborn, we’re revisiting the column’s Greatest Hits with brand-new videos—and hearing from a few special surprise guests. Wish her luck! (And keep sending those tips.) Today: How to make an even better guacamole. Shop the Story It’s pretty hard to […]

My Boyfriend Wouldn’t Cook for Me—Until He Met This Chicken Tinga

My boyfriend Nate can’t cook. Not even buttered noodles, or a pot of rice. The other morning as we lay in bed, our stomachs growling, I asked if he thought he might be able to feel out a simple task, like frying an egg—something so intuitive, there’s a cliché about it happening by accident on […]

Why Aren’t We Talking About Indigenous Food?

Why aren’t we talking about Indigenous food? The answer to this question will vary depending on whom you ask. “Well, are you talking about pre-colonial, post-colonial, American Indian, Native American, or today?” poses M. Karlos Baca (Tewa/Diné/Nuche), an Indigenous foods activist. “And where? Spanish, Mexican, or Protestant-colonized from the east?” David Rico, of the Choctaw […]