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Ferran Adrià's Catalan Chicken Shortcut

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Catalan Rotisserie Chicken Stew

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Catalan Rotisserie Chicken Stew

Known for experimenting with futuristic cooking techniques at the now-closed El Bulli, Spanish chef Ferran Adrià shows a simpler side in his next cookbook, The Family Meal. Focusing on the sort of filling budget meals that were served to the restaurant’s staff, the Phaidon tome drops October 1 and features step-by-step photo instructions. It's not the first time that Adrià has exhibited a knack for easy dishes; the superchef shared this recipe for sweet and nutty Catalan chicken stew with Food & Wine back in 2005. The surprising shortcut: store-bought rotisserie chicken.

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“Top Chef” Goes Texan

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Tim Love

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Tim Love

This week, Bravo announced that the ninth season of Top Chef will premiere on November 2 at 10 p.m. and take place in cowboy country: Texas. Of course, Texan-to-the-core chef Tim Love will be dropping by to guest judge. Contestants should know that Love holds high expectations for barbecue. His own smoky barbecued chicken is slow-cooked near smoldering coals.

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Rick Bayless Joins the Circus, Makes Enchiladas

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Enchiladas Suizas

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Enchiladas Suizas

This week, chef Rick Bayless announced that he would be joining the circus. The Chicago Tribune reports that for four weeks next spring, the first Top Chef Masters winner will star in "Rick Bayless in Cascabel," a food-centric circus show at Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre. Tickets will include a three-course meal and hors d’oeuvres prepared at Bayless’s nearby Frontera Grill. We’re not sure about Bayless’s acrobatic skills, but we know his expertise in Mexican cuisine is indisputable when we try recipes like this one for creamy, spicy chicken enchiladas.

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Coming Soon: Sam Mason’s Mayonnaise Shop

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Big Bob Gibson's Chicken

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Big Bob Gibson's Chicken

Former WD-50 pastry chef, Sam Mason, just announced that his next venture will be an all-mayonnaise store in Brooklyn, NY. The Huffington Post reports that Empire Mayo will offer a wide selection of high-end mayos in flavors like mushroom, Parmesan and foie gras. Whether or not artisanal food lovers will flock to such a specialized shop will be revealed after the November opening, but we do share Mason's enthusiasm for the condiment. We love mayonnaise’s versatility: You can use it in place of ketchup for French fries, as a Mediterranean rouille or as the base for this tangy white barbecue sauce paired with Big Bob Gibson’s grilled chicken.

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NYC's Meatball Boom

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Chicken Meatballs

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Chicken Meatballs

Following the booming success of The Meatball Shop chainlet, a number of meatball-centric spots are popping up in NYC. Eater reports that Polpette recently opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, while Zi Pep’s Italian Meatballs and the Meatball Factory are both coming soon to the East Village. It's surprising that the trend didn't catch on sooner: Meatballs are comforting and cheap, and they lend themselves to a wide range of interpretations, like Jennifer Joyce’s Vietnamese-inspired chicken meatballs.

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Bacony Chicken with Sauerkraut for Oktoberfest

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Chicken with Sauerkraut

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Chicken with Sauerkraut

Starting tomorrow through October 3, more than five million revelers will visit Munich for Germany’s annual Oktoberfest, to down specially brewed beer with hearty, traditional fare. Many of the beer tents serve Hendl, a roasted or grilled chicken dish eaten with fresh soft pretzels or sauerkraut. To recreate the celebration at home, F&W offers budget-friendly braised chicken thighs with a quick sauerkraut combining vegetables, apple, juniper berries and delicious bacon. Plus, a perfect German pretzel recipe.

Related: More German Dishes
F&W's Dana Cowin Does the Chicken Dance on the Today Show for Oktoberfest

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Dan Barber’s Responsible Chicken Soup

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Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls

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Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls.

This week, following a conference in Peru, international activist chefs including New York’s Dan Barber, Spain’s Ferran Adrià and France’s Michel Bras unveiled an Open Letter to the Chefs of Tomorrow on the topic of social responsibility. Much of that involves respecting the environment and food systems, which Barber practices in spades at his Blue Hill restaurants. His recipe for Chicken Soup with Rosemary Matzo Balls honors this model by using up nearly every part of the bird, including wings, back, neck and feet.

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Andrew Carmellini Is a Man Who Cooks

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Le Grand Fooding starts in NYC this weekend, and today Food Republic interviewed the two Frenchwomen who organize its events about men who cook, men who eat and men who are so into food that they warrant the term “gastrosexual.” Launched in France, Le Fooding is like an oddball summit for young international chefs. New York's Andrew Carmellini is among the headlining men who can really cook, so if you miss the alt festivities, his make-ahead Chicken Posole can be enjoyed by anyone—gastrosexual or not.

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Mario Batali's All-Star Chicken Recipe

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Stuffed Chicken Thighs

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Stuffed Chicken Thighs.

The New York Times announced today that food critic Sam Sifton will leave his hallowed dining-section post to step up as National Editor. One of Sifton's major milestones during his two-year tenure: Awarding four stars to Del Posto, the first Italian restaurant to earn the paper's highest honor since 1974. With their fine-dining accomplishment, Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich and chef Mark Ladner secured a place in Times history for Italian food. To honor the all-stars, we present a Batali recipe that's worthy of our staff favorite hall of fame: Herb-and-Cheese-Filled Chicken Thighs.

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Wet Weather Inspires Chicken with Mushrooms

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Chicken with Mushrooms

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Bouley's Chicken with Mushrooms.

This summer’s record-breaking rainfall may have its upside: mushrooms! NPR’s Talk of the Nation discussed the season’s fruitful conditions (wet, humid) for fungi on Friday. But, unless you're a specialist or have approval from a mycologist (a fungi botanist), you shouldn’t start foraging all the new specimens popping up in your yard. Instead, purchase wild mushrooms from a reputable vendor and use them in a fantastic recipe from our September issue: David Bouley's Pot-Roasted Chicken with Mushrooms.

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