25 Spice Mixes From Around the WorldSkills
From ras el hanout to herbes de provence, herb and spice mixes are essential to many cuisines around the world. Bringing these blends into your own kitchen can lend authenticity to international dishes and provide creative inspiration for your everyday cooking. Ready for this trip across the globe? No passport required! Berbere Berbere – A heady combination of spicy, bitter, and sweet spices used in Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Somalia.
Jul 25, 2023
My Family “Traveled” the World Last Year, Thanks to a New Monthly TraditionPeople
Even though I wasn’t able to physically trek through Peru, Brazil, and Argentina, I could still journey through these countries with my tastebuds.
Mar 2, 2021
How To Make ArepasRecipes
An arepa primer.
Feb 3, 2020
How To Make Classic Swedish Meatballs with Sour Cream GravyRecipes
What is a Swedish meatball? Köttbullar, like all traditional recipes, have thousands of variations, but what nearly all Swedish meatballs have in common is that they are made of ground pork and beef, use bread and milk as a binder, are covered with a rich gravy, and are served with lingonberry jam. With this recipe we’re sticking with tradition and delivering meatballs spiced, fried, and sauced to perfection.
Jan 29, 2020
The Fire and Soul of FondueSkills
Why do we crave food to bless a union, lavish a birth, or bury the dead? Why toast the future and savor the past? Why do we use bread and bones and salt and wine to tell the stories of ourselves and our people that cannot possibly be told in any other way? Because we like to give meaning to our food, and food to our meaning. Ask any anthropologist — humans like ritual. Food and ritual are bound together like birthday and cake, Easter and egg, or even breakfast and bed.
Jan 21, 2020
5 Things I Learned About Indian Food from Eating at Babu JiPeople
We don’t often write about buzzy new restaurants, but we couldn’t help catching a little bit of the fever around Babu Ji. The Alphabet City spot, which opened last summer, has been widely credited for shaking up the Indian food establishment with its cheeky decor and delicate, flavorful fare.
Dec 17, 2019
Not All Corn Tortillas Are Equal. Here’s How to Find Truly Great Ones.
Weeknight Mexican with Lesley Téllez
You may have never had a truly great corn tortilla. Here's what to look for, and where to buy them (psst they're on Amazon!).
Dec 3, 2019
From Ajiaco to Za’atar: Around the World in 30 SoupsSkills
We've teamed up with chefs, cookbook authors, and our own Kitchn crew to share a globe-trotting adventure highlighting soups from across the globe.
Dec 3, 2019
5 Dinners from Around the World You Can Easily Make at Home
Next Week's Meal Plan
These 5 easy dinners are inspired by a geography-loving second grader.
Sep 18, 2019
10 Eid al-Fitr Foods from Around the WorldKitchen
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
Jun 3, 2019
A “Bún” for Food Lovers: How Vietnamese Fresh Rice Noodles Are MadePeople
Who: Mach Thi Hien and Ng Tun Tam What: Bún, Vietnamese rice vermicelli noodles Where: Phú Đô village in southwest Hanoi In Hanoi, food is typically named based on the form of rice it’s served with: cơm for simple steamed rice, phở for thick rice noodles, or bún for vermicelli-sized white rice noodles. Bún (pronounced something like “boon?
May 30, 2019
A Guide to Vietnamese NoodlesSkills
If you’ve been to Vietnam or even just the noodle aisle of your neighborhood Asian market, you might have been overwhelmed by the sheer variety of noodles available. Which ones are good for a stir-fry? Which should you buy fresh, and which are better dried? What even is the difference between all of those white, gray, translucent, and yellow noodles?
May 30, 2019
What You Can Expect in a Coffee From Central or South America: Cocoa, Nuts, and SpicePeople
Coffee is just coffee right? Hopefully you’ve been reading this column long enough to know the answer to that question! So what is it that makes coffee from Nicaragua different than one from Kenya? Today we’re going to talk about coffee from Central and South America, and what characteristics define the coffee from this region. Coffee growing regions exist around the world in more than 50 countries from Africa to Asia.
May 24, 2019
8 Things to Bring Back from DelhiSkills
Whenever I start planning a trip, my focus is on food, which makes sense: Besides eating to live, I write about and style food for a living. Most of the time the planning centers around what I’ll be eating while traveling, but preparing for any trip also means mindfully leaving space to carry treats to bring home.
May 24, 2019
An Insider’s Guide to Eating Out in IndiaSkills
When planning my most recent trip to India, I focused on where to eat, what to eat, and how to eat as much of it as possible. Just as importantly, though, I wanted to be cognizant of local customs, tips, and tricks. Enter Carishma Mehta — Delhi resident, organic farm owner, and intrepid eater.
May 24, 2019
5 Things Nearly Every German Has in Her FridgePeople
First: If you’re imagining a full-sized American fridge, stop right there. Most apartments come only with a mini refrigerator, like the one you probably had in college. My current refrigerator isn’t tall enough to ride a roller coaster. Is it because kitchens are smaller? Is it the fact that Germans don’t refrigerate a lot of things that Americans do? Who knows why, but it means that the few items that earn a permanent place in the fridge are chosen all the more carefully.
May 24, 2019
Bryant Terry’s 5 Essentials for a Modern, Soulful KitchenPeople
Bryant Terry is an energetic and passionate man, self-described as an eco chef, author, and social justice activist. He first came to my attention in 2006 when he co-authored the book Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen with his friend Anna Lappe. He has since gone on to author two more vegan cookbooks, with a third one in the works. What does this spokesman for local, sustainable, and delicious food think are the top essentials for a modern, socially engaged, soulful kitchen?
May 24, 2019
How Rice Is Grown in Bac Ninh Province, VietnamPeople
Who: Hoàng Thị Thẩm and Nguyễn Đình Đạt What: Rice Where: Bac Ninh Province, Vietnam Rice is enormously important in Vietnam. Each day, Vietnam’s population receives three-quarters of its calories from rice. At least lunch and dinner are cooked with rice as the foundation, and breakfast may be rice-based too. It’s made into noodles, boiled for hours to celebrate the lunar new year, and even made into pancakes.
May 24, 2019
White Rice: A Love StoryPeople
I didn’t always love white rice. Raised on my Southern grandmother’s cooking, I grew up thinking of rice as an “instant” food — something Grandmother Maye dumped on the plate next to my pork chop on those nights when she didn’t have time to make mashed potatoes. White rice constituted a cheap, bland filler, made interesting only once or twice a year, when Maye indulged her Cajun roots and dished it up with chicken gumbo.
May 24, 2019
A Jamaican-American Shares the Flavors of Her Childhood with Her DaughterPeople
Growing up in a Jamaican household, cooking flavorful meals was always a very important part of our existence. And when I say flavorful, what I really mean is hot. Curried goat, escovitch fish, jerk chicken — even some drinks were hot. My Cousin MaeMae made the meanest ginger beer, and I do sincerely mean mean. That nasty head cold of yours would pack up and leave town before you could finish a cupful!
May 24, 2019
30-Minute Meals from Around the WorldRecipes
No passport required.
May 24, 2019
Vegan Eats World by Terry Hope RomeroPeople
Who knew seitan could sound so sexy? Terry Hope Romero manages to do just that and so very much more. In her latest vegan cookbook, Vegan Eats World, she dips into the dishes and flavors of Morocco, Thailand, India, Poland, Jamaica, and many more food-loving cuisines from around the world, vegan-style. Vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians, however you identify yourself, we’ve hit the jackpot with this one.
May 2, 2019
Swedish Advent Coffee Is the Best Kind of Christmas PartyKitchen
As the days get darker and darker, it’s no surprise that a Northern country like Sweden would know how to make December the coziest month of the year. In Sweden, December is full of celebrations and traditional food and drink. One of my favorite December customs is adventskaffe, a coffee gathering to celebrate Advent. It’s essentially the combination of two of Sweden’s most iconic traditions: fika and Christmas.
May 1, 2019
5 Essential Items to Buy from the Indian Grocery StoreGroceries
One of my weekly rituals is a visit to my local Indian grocery store. I am lucky enough to live in a city that has a strip mall pretty much dedicated to ethnic-style stores, so I can do a lot of my shopping all in one place. I have a couple of stores that I visit regularly to pick up items that I cannot find, or are too expensive, at my regular supermarket. The Indian grocery store is on the top of my list, and these are the items I buy there fairly often.
May 1, 2019
What Is Single-Origin Chocolate?Skills
At its most basic, single origin means that the chocolate is made using cacao beans from one specific place or “origin.” That might not sound so special, but most chocolate is made using a blend of beans from a lot of different countries; companies like Hershey’s and Mars even create proprietary blends so that their chocolate always tastes exactly the same.
May 1, 2019
7 Kitchen Must-Haves from Around the WorldTools
If you’ve ever snooped around the kitchens of your foreign-born friends, you’ve likely noticed that their kitchen essentials aren’t exactly the same (or even nearly the same) as our kitchen must-haves. Of course, some of these once-exotic kitchen tools and appliances have worked their way into our homes, but quite a few have retained their air of mystery. Here are some familiar (and a few less-familiar) items you’re likely to find in kitchens around the world.
May 1, 2019
How To Make the Best Ahi PokeRecipes
In Hawaii, poke, a salad of marinated uncooked tuna, can be found in pretty much every situation where food is present. I’ve seen it on fancy hotel buffets next to the seafood bar, in the deli section of grocery stores, and on the table by the tub at family potlucks and birthday parties. Here’s the thing: Poke is pretty simple to make. All the work for this recipe happens when you’re grocery shopping because the ingredients are what really matter.
May 1, 2019
The Answer to the Caribbean’s Invasive Species Issue Is to Eat ThemPeople
People aren’t the only ones who like to escape from their hometowns; animals do, too, but with more serious consequences than being unable to speak a language. Scientists classify any species that didn’t originate from an environment as invasive. Simply put, it’s something that doesn’t belong. The introduction of a species like this throws off the balance of the ecosystem — and destroys it.
May 1, 2019
Beyond Southern Sweet Tea: How Sweet Tea Is Drunk Around the WorldPeople
A mistake had been made. My mother absentmindedly asked for an iced tea at the roadside barbeque joint in rural North Florida. To her chagrin, before she could chase down the waitress and clarify unsweetened tea, a beverage appeared with a glycemic index somewhere between that of a Coca Cola and straight simple syrup. At 8 years old, I was more than happy to drink the sweetened beverage, the sucrose completely masking any bitterness in the tea that my immature pallet would have rejected.
May 1, 2019
10 Things Mexico City Cooks Have in Their KitchensPeople
Restaurant menus can reveal a lot about a country’s cuisine, but there’s a more authentic place to find the true building blocks of local food: in home kitchens. We turned to three passionate Mexico City eaters and peeked inside their cupboards to find out which ingredients they have on hand at all times. Here’s what they had to say. Yes, we know — you have vanilla in your pantry, too, but we’re we’re talking about the good Mexican stuff.
May 1, 2019
5 Tips for Cooking Cabbage from Recipes Around the WorldRecipes
When I think about cabbage, the first things that always come to mind are big batches of shredded slaws, tangy jars of sauerkraut, and thick boiled wedges served with corned beef. But the thing is, when it comes to all the things a humble head of cabbage can do, those dishes only scratch the surface. While cabbage varieties and cooking techniques can vary, these hardy brassicas are a go-to ingredient in cuisines around the world. Here’s what some of those recipes have taught us.
May 1, 2019
Here’s What 10 School Lunches Look Like Around the WorldPeople
Think back to the days of your youth in the cafeteria. Do you envision chicken nuggets, doughy pizza, and questionable hot dogs that often dominated the school lunch line? Or maybe you picture sugary treats like chocolate milk, Cosmic Brownies, and Twinkies that accompanied your main dish? For older millennials in particular, this might be a familiar scenario, but things are changing a little bit around the country. Nowadays, there’s a greater push for schools to step it up.
Aug 7, 2018
Four Stories of the New World, Told in StuffingPeople
Whenever you seek to understand the complexities of the world, turn to food. Even in our differences, it’s our most common denominator, bringing us to the kitchen to exchange more than techniques and to the table to share more than a meal. For the United States, no meal is more symbolic of community and gratitude than Thanksgiving. It’s incredible to think of all the families and friends across the nation sitting down to a similar meal at a common table.
Nov 10, 2016
The Life-Changing Magic of a Great SaucePeople
Like anyone who’s been lucky enough to travel to Bali, I wish I could have brought it home in my suitcase. There’s a reason that the island province of Indonesia has a reputation for attracting “seeker” types like me — the nomads, the yoginis, the meditators. Bali is a jolt to the senses, from the bewitching sound of the gamelans, to the colorful palette of its temples and native flora, to the scent of the sea in the air.
Jul 6, 2016
This Map Shows Where Your Favorite Foods Actually Come FromPeople
You would think that Thai chilies originated in Thailand, but you’d be wrong. Researchers at The Royal Society mapped out the origins of some of the world’s most important crops, and many of their findings are pretty surprising. Do you really know where your food comes from? For a better look at the image below, check out this interactive map at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture.
Jun 17, 2016
Can You Guess Which Countries Have the Largest Fast Food Portions?People
Considering the standardization across fast food restaurants in the U.S., I always assumed that the consistency in their offerings extended well beyond our borders. Certainly, different countries offer occasional localized additions to their menus, but it just seemed a given that things would be, otherwise, the same. Not quite. An Australian agency investigated some popular food chains to see how their serving sizes differ across the globe, and then arranged their findings in an infographic.
Jun 16, 2016
8 Things I Wish Non-Muslims Knew About RamadanKitchen
The evening of June 5 will commence the month of Ramadan, a holy month for Muslims who will spend 30 days abstaining from food and drink and 30 nights in worship. Ramadan is, by turns, a challenge and a celebration, consisting of practices for self-betterment and traditions meant to elevate the soul.
Jun 1, 2016
What Is Clotted Cream?Skills
If you’ve ever had the chance to enjoy afternoon tea at a fancy hotel or tea room, you may have been lucky enough to be served clotted cream. Piled high on scones along with jam, it’s so decadent that it’s practically dessert. But what exactly is it? Clotted cream originated in the counties of Devon and Cornwall in southwest England. It’s made by indirectly heating full-fat cow’s milk in shallow pans over steam or a water bath.
May 2, 2016
Why the Best Part of a Pot of Rice Is at the BottomRecipes
Cook up a pot of rice on the stove and you’ll sometimes find, after scooping up the fluffy grains, what may seem to be an unpleasant layer of grains that are practically glued to the bottom. Some may see this as a failure and send the pot straight to the sink for soaking; others (aka those who are wiser) will see it as an opportunity. Almost every cuisine where rice is a staple in the diet has a different name for what lies underneath. In Iran, it’s tahdig.
Feb 11, 2016
Recipe: Cubano Sheet Pan SlidersRecipes
The Cubano — a traditional pressed sandwich layered with two (!) kinds of pork and gooey cheese, balanced by tangy pickles and mustard — gets a quick-and-easy makeover with this big-batch version. Soft, squishy potato rolls replace the traditional crusty rolls for when you don’t want to be panini-ing sandwiches to order. Instead, by using a heavy sheet pan to press the sandwiches into crispy, melty form, you can make a dozen at a time without breaking a sweat.
Feb 10, 2016
What Gives Jasmine and Basmati Rice Their Fragrance?Skills
Both jasmine and basmati rice are prized for one specific thing: their aroma. There’s nothing quite like the two — they’re far from any other average white or brown rice. And while they carry distinct characteristics in their own right, it’s their fragrance that makes them stand out. But why are they more fragrant than any other long-grain varieties? It’s all thanks to a compound called 2-Acetyl-1-pyrroline.
Feb 2, 2016
What Is Fika? An Introduction to the Swedish Coffee BreakSkills
Ever hear mention of fika? Maybe you’ve heard of the cafe chain in New York City, or maybe you’ve heard a Swedish friend make a fika reference, or maybe you once watched that silly Gevalia video. But when it comes to fika, do you really know what it is? Three years ago my friend Johanna Kindvall and I set out to write a book on the topic of fika, the almighty Swedish coffee break. For Swedes, fika is nothing revolutionary; it’s simply part of everyday life.
May 25, 2015
Tkemali Is My New KetchupPeople
I don’t travel as much as I’d like to, but in a small way I explore the world through my city’s endless array of international grocery stores. Which is how I found myself in a hole-in-the-wall Russian market the other day. Hardly anything was in English, but I asked the owner for tips and picked out a few foods to try. My favorite discovery from this little adventure? Tkemali.
Jun 26, 2014