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By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine

Follow of the Week

#NYCWFF Chefs Take Over F&W’s Instagram

Chef Josh Capon's #NYCWFF Burger

The New York City Wine & Food Festival kicked off last night and its official hashtag, #NYCWFF, is already blowing up on Twitter and Instagram. Throughout the weekend, F&W will be posting behind-the-scenes photos and intel from the blockbuster annual event, which floods the city with talented chefs and benefits the Food Bank for NYC and Share Our Strength. As a bonus this year, we have spies everywhere!

Star chefs in attendance are going to flood our Instagram feed (@foodandwinemag) with their best insider photos.

Look for F&W contributing editor Andrew Zimmern (@chefaz), Bobby Flay (@bobbyflay), Rocco DiSpirito (@roccodispirito), Alex Guarnaschelli (@guarnaschelli), Scott Conant (@conantnyc), Dan Kluger (@dan_kluger), Paul Liebrandt (@paulliebrandt), Michael Psilakis (@MPsilakis), Michael Lomonaco (@ChefLomonaco), Marc Murphy (@chefmarcmurphy), Dale Talde (@dtalde), Michael Ferraro (@chefmichaelnyc), Amanda Freitag (@chefamandaf) and Burger Bash pro Josh Capon (@chefcapon), who already posted an eye-popping teaser of his entry for tonight, above.

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Infographic Spotlight

Battle of the Booze: Beer vs. Wine

Did you know that the annual global consumption of beer is 189 billion liters compared to 49 billion liters of wine? Or that the average American drinks 216 12-ounce bottles of beer each year? If you guessed that Vatican City has the highest per capita consumption of wine of any country in the world, you'd be right. But no matter how much of a wine and beer smarty pants you are, you're bound to learn something from this beer vs. wine infographic.


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Jonathan Waxman's Most Prized Possession

Chef Jonathan Waxman

In this series, photographer Melanie Dunea of My Last Supper takes a peek into the minds of working chefs and gets them to reveal their most prized possessions.

Jonathan Waxman of New York's Barbuto wouldn't leave a burning building without his leather satchel filled with knives—a gift from his friend, chef Michael Symon. To see them, click through the slideshow, Treasured: Jonathan Waxman's Knives. Here, Waxman offers his three best tips for caring for beautiful, high-quality knives.

1. Buy the most expensive knife you can. They are always better. And go to a proper knife store like Korin and buy the tools to take care of it—like my leather bag. Leather won't dull your knives. Wood is better than plastic but leather is best.

2. Protect the tips. My wife uses my knives all the time and I come home and they have nicks and divots in them and I ask what happened?! Japanese knives are brittle so don't sharpen them often.

3. Learn how to sharpen on a cheap knife. Then do it right on an expensive one. All my guys grind their knives on stones all day long and that's just bad for the knife.

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Kitchen Trash

The Best Drinking Buddies are Cats and Penguins

Kitchen Trash

The Internet is a black hole for strange, weird and wonderful things—especially when it comes to food. Rather than dive in yourself, let F&W do it for you. Here, five of the most absurd food items we saw this week. Penguin bars, cat wine and more >>

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Tweets of the Week

F&W Followers Frequent Commander’s Palace, Drink Bourbon

Strozzapreti with Lamb Ragù

F&W doesn't expect you to see every tweet we send out (just almost every one). Catch up each week with this top 5 list.

1. @fandw: RT if you've ever eaten at @Commanders_NOLA #TopChef

2. @fandw: Bourbon lovers, here are the bottles you should be buying: http://fandw.me/1aSMJNi

3. @fandw: If you were a type of pasta, what would it be? It’s National Pasta Day! Celebrate with all breeds of noodle: http://fandw.me/15IMK6E

4. @fandw: Carving pumpkins? Save the seeds for these fantastic recipes: http://fandw.me/171QYcJ

5. @fandw: If you’re a fungi, you already know it’s National Mushroom Day! 30 recipes for porcinis, chanterelles & more: http://fandw.me/c5M5SC

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