The Times’s Newsletter The Veggie Isn’t Just For Vegetarians


It’s for anyone with an interest. But I have to admit, I especially love the idea of persuading people who think they’re not at all interested in vegetarian food that they are, that it’s delicious, that it’s approachable, that it’s very much for them.

Was it always called The Veggie?

One of the rejected names was Totally Herbaceous, which didn’t get far because it’s too long and very silly and no one liked it. We all immediately liked The Veggie — it just felt warm, friendly and inviting. And that idea came from Owen Dodd, an engineer who worked on

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Coffee in the Age of COVID


There’s a coffeehouse not far from where I live in Oviedo. It’s a chain coffeehouse, so if you know America, you know the coffeehouse I mean.

When I’m downtown in Orlando, there are any number of excellent independent shops I like to support, but where I live, miles from the city, one neighbor has a horse and another keeps chickens. On cold nights, I hear the chickens clucking. On colder nights, my neighbor brings the chickens in.

Not much, then, in the way of coffee, except for the place by my house. That’s where I write—or wrote—five days a week.

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Celebrate Africa Day with these coffee recipes


Have you ever had a cup of coffee so good, you end up calling your waiter at the coffee shop to ask about the coffee’s origin?

Chances are that it would be an African blend and you will probably not have coffee from another region ever again.

That happened to me 15 years ago when I was at Durban International, while waiting to board my first flight to Johannesburg and then to Hong Kong. I was in matric and had written a test at my school in Richards Bay and then we had to rush to the airport.

I plonked

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Everything you need to buy for food stylist and photographer Danielle Campbell’s Week of Meals recipes


Week of Meals is a weeknight dinner series that brings you five, easy-to-prepare weeknight recipes from one shopping trip that costs less than $100. Here’s your grocery list and the prep work to do on the day of shopping to set yourself up for effortless cooking the rest of the week.

For Danielle Campbell’s recipes, here’s what you’ll need:

These ingredients will need to be purchased if you don’t already have them.

Meat and seafood
2 pounds salmon filets
1 pound lean ground beef, lamb or pork
4 ounces pancetta
1 whole chicken (3 1/2 to 4 pounds)

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What Is Healthy Eating Without Cultural Foods?


Healthy eating is sometimes seen as a necessary evil.

On one hand, it’s essential to good health, but on the other, it’s suggestive of restriction and self-denial steeped in Eurocentrism.

Even in the Caribbean, where I’m from, many nutrition programs are modeled on the American food pyramid, which then implies what healthy eating looks like to the local communities.

However, nutrition and healthy eating are not a one-size-fits-all dietary prescription. Traditional meals and food culture deserve a seat at the table too.

In this article, I’ll explain why cultural foods are integral to healthy eating.

Cultural foods — also called

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25 Best Soul Food Month Recipes


June is an amazing month for so many reasons. In the food world, one of the most notable reasons is that it is National Soul Food Month, along with the celebration of Juneteenth. Soul food is a conglomerate of amazing, comforting food that was traditionally made by black people from the South.

When is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth 2021 takes place on Saturday June 19th.

Related: Everything to Know About Juneteenth

What is Soul Food?

Although this style of cooking has taken on many different identities, its roots are grounded in the good ol’ south! Soul food is a style of

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