Rules for Mixing Gin While vodka simply disappears into a drink, gin, which has a more assertive flavor, is a little trickier to blend. When a combination is successful, though, it attains a level of complexity that’s impossible with vodka. Some guidelines for home bartenders.
The Gin Crowd A slew of new varieties is proving that the old spirit still has plenty of kick left in it. With nine classic cocktails.
Picnic at Triple Creek When the CEO of Intel needs to escape the techno-world, he grabs his fishing rod and heads to Montana's Triple Creek Ranch--after all, he owns the place. The menu here completes the Big Sky fantasy.
Outward Bound On a Jamaican beach or in a Los Angeles garden, the best summer parties bring elegance outdoors
Burger Heaven How did the drippy, juicy hamburger get to be the signature dish of health-obsessed Los Angeles?
Madhur's Day in the Sun As she awaits the release of her new blockbuster cookbook, Madhur Jaffrey steals away to Martha's Vineyard with her family--and a stash of easy summer recipes
Lunch in an Italian Garden A chef and his wife take the day off from their three-star restaurant on the Amalfi Coast for a family feast
Is Santa Barbara the Next Napa? Santa Barbara County doesn't have the cachet of Napa Valley--at least, not yet. But with a growing reputation for world-class wines, it's become hot on its own terms.
Instant Italy Melons and tomatoes at a Minnesota farmers' market transport one cook to Lombardy and Puglia.
How Sweet It Is After decades of Communist rule, Hungary's Tokaj region is reclaiming its legacy of superlative dessert wines
Food Court The European Union has judged hundreds of traditional foods to be national treasures. Here's why cooks are celebrating.