1,000 Beautiful, Devastating Things That Happened to Me in Europe

Table for One is a column by Senior Editor Eric Kim, who loves dining and traveling by himself—and seeks to celebrate the beauty of solitude in its many forms. My copy of The Sun Also Rises is a 1970’s edition Charles Scribner’s Sons paperback, and is now, about a decade after I purchased it at […]

Everything You Need to Know About Asian Pears (& 10 Ways to Use Them)

Asian pears are true pears, but in terms of figure, they look more like apples. These yellow-green fruit tend to be round and so plump that you want to cup them in your hands and just stare at their lightly speckled skin for a moment before you take the first juicy bite. We also go by: […]

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 […]