Liz Lian

Liz Lian is a writer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She can be found at lizlian.com.
The Next Time You Go to IKEA, Stock Up on This $2 Kitchen Must-Have
This cheap, high-quality find changed my perspective about what IKEA has to offer.
Dec 8, 2022
I Tried 6 Different Ice Cream Cakes (Available Nationwide) — And One Clear Winner Emerged
Taste Test
Our official winner has a high proportion of chocolate-to-vanilla ice cream, along with a solid layer of chocolate crunch. Plus a glossy coating of chocolate fudge that somehow doesn't freeze, but rather oozes all over.
Aug 6, 2021
14 Delicious Cocktails Made with LaCroix Sparkling Water
LaCroix, the Midwestern sparkling water of the moment, is a cultural phenomenon. From its watercolor-inspired packaging to its fancy flavors (pamplemousse or muré pepino, anyone?), bubbly beverage enthusiasts can’t get enough of the stuff. It’s made with all-natural flavors and free of calories, sodium, and sweeteners. People have made apps that create custom LaCroix labels, built walls out of it, created songs about it, and, of course, gotten boozy with it.
May 1, 2019
What’s Up with Drinkable Soup?
Here’s a question for you: Do you drink soup, or do you eat soup? Most people you ask will say you “eat” it, but a new crop of trendy “drinkable soup” purveyors might have you thinking twice. You might be wondering what on earth drinkable soup is, and I don’t blame you — I tried three types of drinkable soups and a soup cleanse for this article and I still haven’t quite figured it out myself.
Sep 16, 2017
Roaches in Your Kitchen? Check the Coffee Maker.
A few weeks ago, I started noticing small roaches occasionally scuttling around my kitchen. This being an old apartment building in New York City, I wasn’t too shocked. I had dealt with mice and ants in my last apartment and once stepped on a dead rat in the middle of the street (a story for another time), so it only seemed natural that cockroaches would one day appear on my personal docket of NYC vermin to confront. It wasn’t like I had a full-on infestation — or so I thought.
Aug 7, 2017
I Tried Every Single Alcoholic Seltzer and Here’s What I Thought
What alcoholic seltzer is right for you? I tried 21 different flavors and found a few favorites.
May 9, 2017
What’s Your Kitchen’s Love Language? Take Our Quiz.
Ever heard of the five love languages? You might already be using a few of them without knowing. In his 1995 book, The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, Gary Chapman outlines five ways that people tend to express and experience love: gift-giving, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service, and physical touch.
May 2, 2017
This Is Your Kitchen’s Love Language
What’s your kitchen’s love language? Take our quiz to find out if your kitchen needs gift-giving, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service, or physical touch. Once you tally your answers to our old-school quiz, we’ll tell you your kitchen’s love language. Your kitchen has great taste and appreciates the finer things in life.
May 2, 2017
5 Things We Learned About Ramen from Tampopo
Ramen is now a familiar part of American cuisine. You might think of instant noodles, your favorite ramen joint, and even trendy takes on the Japanese noodle soup like ramen burgers. But back in 1985, the year of the now-cult film Tampopo’s release, ramen hadn’t yet hit the mainstream.
Feb 20, 2017
Why Whole30 Is Really More Like Whole40
For 30 days this month we’re exploring Whole30, the 30-day reset and refocus on whole foods. Whole30 isn’t a diet or a judgment of foods as “good and bad.” It’s actually a short-term reset that has helped many of our readers cook more and figure out the foods that make them feel their best. Read more about our coverage here. You did it! You just finished day 30 of the Whole30 program. Congratulations!
Jan 27, 2017
8 Questions for Whole30 Cofounder Melissa Hartwig
What does the self-proclaimed "Whole30 headmistress" eat on a daily basis? Find out.
Jan 25, 2017
5 Mistakes to Avoid During Whole30
For 30 days this month we’re exploring Whole30, the 30-day reset and refocus on whole foods. Whole30 isn’t a diet or a judgment of foods as “good and bad.” It’s actually a short-term reset that has helped many of our readers cook more and figure out the foods that make them feel their best. Read more about our coverage here.
Jan 9, 2017
5 Kitchen Tools That Make Whole30 Easier
For 30 days this month we’re exploring Whole30, the 30-day reset and refocus on whole foods. Whole30 isn’t a diet or a judgmental labeling of foods as “good and bad.” It’s actually a simple reset that has helped many of our readers cook more and figure out the foods that make them feel their best. Read more about our coverage here.
Jan 7, 2017
5 Tips for Getting Your Pantry Ready for Whole30
For 30 days this month we’re exploring Whole30, the 30-day reset and refocus on whole foods. Whole30 isn’t a diet or a judgmental labeling of foods as “good and bad.” It’s actually a simple reset that has helped many of our readers cook more and figure out the foods that make them feel their best. Read more about our coverage here. Whether it’s your first time doing Whole30 or your fourth, preparation doesn’t get any less important.
Jan 4, 2017
These Are the 8 Most American Flavors
When you think “American,” what comes to mind? For many of us, the term evokes archetypal images of Main Street; red, white, and blue; and amber waves of grain. But Sarah Lohman, a historic gastronomist who cooks historic recipes and chronicles her work on the blog Four Pounds Flour, has a new way of looking at what it means to be American.
Dec 19, 2016
Here’s What You Need to Know About That #DumpKelloggs Hashtag
Here at Kitchn we don’t normally cover politics unless it’s related in part to food policy. But last week when #DumpKelloggs was trending on Twitter, we took notice. A little confused about why social media ostensibly has it out for cornflakes? Here’s an explanation. It all started when food company and pantry staple Kellogg’s announced last Tuesday that it would remove its ads from right-wing political website Breitbart.
Dec 6, 2016
Oreo Candy Bars Exist and They Sound Magical
Just when we thought the good people at Nabisco had reached the limits of innovation with Swedish Fish-flavored Oreos, they’ve surprised us once again. Oreo has teamed up with German chocolate brand Milka to concoct ingenious Oreo-filled milk chocolate bars. The crossover candy bars debuted in Europe last year in two varieties: “Milka Oreo Big Crunch Candy Bar” and “Milka Oreo Chocolate Candy Bar.
Nov 22, 2016
The Best Cheese in the World Comes from Norway, Apparently
Today in “Events You Didn’t Know Existed, but Wish You Had Attended,” the World Cheese Awards, organized by the Guild of Fine Foods, took place earlier this month in San Sebástian, Spain. After passing a barrage of evaluations from hundreds of judges and defeating a field of over 3,000 other cheeses from 31 countries, one cheese emerged as the world champion, and it’s not from where you might expect.
Nov 21, 2016
Lexus Created a Sriracha-Themed Luxury Car and It’s So Spicy
It’s not news that Sriracha has expanded its humble hot sauce into a lifestyle brand in recent years. The fan favorite can be seen on T-shirts, Halloween costumes, and even adult and baby onesies. But Lexus may take the cake for going all out on the Sriracha obsession with their new Sriracha IS concept car. That’s right — it’s a hot sauce-themed luxury car.
Nov 21, 2016
Is Cottage Cheese Finally Having a Comeback?
Every other week or so, my roommate brings a white-and-red quart-sized plastic tub full of cottage cheese home from Trader Joe’s. A lanky dude with a ridiculously fast metabolism, he eats bowls full of it after the gym to put on muscle. I, on the other hand, am more likely to be found with the fridge door open, sniffing the contents of the tub in the morning when I’m late for work to check for signs of souring, and then sneaking a spoonful for breakfast.
Nov 16, 2016
My 5 Takeaways from Doing Whole30 for the First Time
I finished my first round of Whole30 about two weeks ago. In case you aren’t familiar with the program, Whole30 is a 30-day nutritional program during which you remove added sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, carrageenan, MSG, and sulfites from your diet in an effort to reset your metabolism and emotional relationship with food. I decided to take the month-long plunge just to see if I could do it and reset before the holidays.
Nov 16, 2016
I Tried Whole30 Just to See If I Could Do It
I consider myself to be a pretty healthy eater. I rarely drink soda, I drink unsweetened coffee and tea, I bring my lunch to work, and I eat a mostly vegetable- and protein-based diet. So when my coworkers invited me try Whole30 with them to reset before the holidays, I joined them because I wanted to see if I could do it, not for any specific health reason. Would I be able to go a day without eating cheese? What about all those office cupcakes? It felt like a challenge.
Nov 1, 2016
Food Stamps Are on Their Way to Going Digital, Finally
Update: Last Thursday more details were announced in the digitalization of the SNAP program. We learned that Amazon, Fresh Direct, and five other retailers will be partaking in the online program. The program will launch in summer of 2017, run for two years, and be available to participants in the following states: Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Washington, and Iowa.
Sep 19, 2016
This Grandpa Who Can’t Say “Buttery, Flaky Crust” Is So Adorable
The blooper reel for a commercial for Dysart’s Restaurant in Bangor, Maine, was uploaded to YouTube in 2012 and recently went viral after it resurfaced and was featured on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The video of an elderly couple sitting at a table with forkfuls of chicken pot pie currently has over three-million views, and it’s not hard to see why.
Sep 16, 2016
Pumpkin Spice Latte Beer Is a Real Thing That Exists Now
Are you sick of hearing about Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Whether you think they’re basic or they’re your favorite fall beverage of all time, there’s no denying that the market for “new” PSL-flavored items is getting pretty absurd. But Colorado-based Breckenridge Brewery is doing something totally unique with the PSL in the form of beer, and it’s worth getting excited about.
Sep 14, 2016
The One Thing You Need to Add to Your Office Desk Drawer Immediately
Office meals are tough. Whether you bring something from home, buy something near your office, or are lucky enough to have meals provided for you, everyone needs a couple of all-star ingredients at their desk to make things more appetizing or easy to prepare. My favorite thing to have on hand is powdered peanut butter. As Faith explained a couple years ago, powdered peanut butter is “essentially powdered peanuts that have been pressed to remove much of the oil and fats.
Sep 7, 2016
5 IKEA Candies That Would Be Better in Oreos than Swedish Fish
Nabisco released a new flavor of Oreo a couple weeks ago, and it’s a far cry from the birthday cake and cookie dough flavors we’ve grown familiar with on grocery store shelves. Oreo’s latest flavor replaces its traditional creme filling with Swedish Fish gummy candy. The new limited-edition flavor is only available at Kroger stores, but if you don’t have one nearby, don’t get FOMO just yet.
Aug 24, 2016
What to Cook with All of the Characters of Sausage Party
There are so many things going on in Sausage Party that it’s hard to know where to start. Can you imagine a film that argues articulately for atheism and tolerance and also features a gratuitous orgy among grocery items? Apparently Seth Rogen and his co-writers, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, and Ariel Shaffir, did. And somehow they pulled it off. After I saw Sausage Party, I came home and opened my fridge to cook dinner.
Aug 18, 2016
The Wine Show Is Less About Wine and More About British Accents
The latest great British TV export goes by the self-explanatory name, The Wine Show. The show was released on Hulu this past weekend in the United States and it has already garnered quite a bit of attention.
Aug 17, 2016
What Each Pokemon Would Taste Like and How to Eat It
Frog. Poach in butter flavored with garlic from its own bulb. Salamander. Poisonous. Don’t eat. Turtle, obviously. Cook in a stew Caterpillar. Probably poisonous. Larvae. Raw or sautéed and sprinkled with sea salt. Squab. Roasted. Rat, obviously. Heavily seasoned and barbecued, if you really must. Cornish game hen. Roasted with potatoes. Snake. Roasted on a stick over a campfire. Fried chicken. Armadillo. Will give you leprosy. Poisonous. Suckling pig. Roasted. Fox. Made into a stew.
Jul 27, 2016