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40 Stellar Holiday Gifts Starting at $6.50 All tasted, tested & hand-selected by our pickiest editors.
Food Pros Reveal Their Favorite Cookbooks Some cookbooks can do more than teach—they can change lives. Food & Wine's Emily Carrus reports.
20 Holiday Parties The fun ideas here should inspire some of the season’s most unforgettable get–togethers.
Recipe of the Day: November 2008 These delicious dishes for everyday cooking are fast, easy and automatic staff favorites.
Food Across America: San Diego, California F&W’s roundup of the best restaurants in San Diego, from a recently renovated spot run by one of our Best New Chefs to a swank Asian eatery by Wolfgang Puck. For more great restaurants, check out our guide to the best places to eat in the country.
Christmas Cookies from Baking’s Biggest Talents: Matt Lewis & Renato Poliafito

Inventing a truly great cookie requires a kind of genius. Baking talents Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito share some of their best Christmas cookies with Food & Wine.

Best Restaurant Dishes of 2008

After traveling the country and eating hundreds of meals in search of excellence, F&W editors honor the year’s 10 most amazing dishes and congratulate the growing number of casual restaurants with outstanding food.

Mother-Daughter Kitchen Confidential Writer Aleksandra Crapanzano’s mother dominated the kitchen—until the night 11-year-old Aleksandra promoted herself to chef and changed their relationship forever.
A Star Chef’s Italian Christmas

New York chef Fabio Trabocchi grew up humbly in Italy, yet he and his family always ate extremely well at Christmas. Today he makes many of the same marvelous holiday dishes, including a succulent pork rib roast and a creamy lasagna.

Miami’s Got Good Taste Pioneering chef Michael Schwartz of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink has brought a locavore’s integrity— and simple, spectacular recipes—to Miami’s globally minded design district. Here, the dishes the district’s store owners and art collectors love the most.
Christmas Cookies from Baking’s Biggest Talents: Nick Malgieri Inventing a truly great cookie requires a kind of genius. Baking talent Nick Malgieri shares some of his best Christmas cookies with Food & Wine.
Miami’s Design District: Best Restaurants and Shops F&W’s roundup of the best restaurants in Miami, from the Design District’s best alfresco dining space to an excellent American bistro. For more great restaurants, check out our guide to the best places to eat in the country.
Christmas Cookies from Baking’s Biggest Talents: Jacques Torres Inventing a truly great cookie requires a kind of genius. Baking talent Jacques Torres shares some of his best Christmas cookies with Food & Wine.
F&W’s Top 10 Tips for Dining Out on the Cheap There are plenty of clever ways to lower the check at the country’s best restaurants. Here are F&W’s 10 top tips for dining out on the cheap.
Christmas Cookies from Baking’s Biggest Talents: Flo Braker Inventing a truly great cookie requires a kind of genius. Baking talent Flo Braker shares some of her best Christmas cookies with Food & Wine.
The New Green Cafes Florists and garden shops across the country are becoming neighborhood hangouts that serve single-origin coffees, microbrews, small-batch bourbons, homemade pies and even full-fledged, local-minded meals.
Christmas Cookies from Baking’s Biggest Talents: Cindy Mushet Inventing a truly great cookie requires a kind of genius. Baking talent Cindy Mushet shares some of her best Christmas cookies with Food & Wine.
Best Places to Buy Older Vintages Finding well-aged, properly-stored wines at sane prices is a difficult task. Thankfully, some retailers make it easy. These five shops offer real gems.
Christmas Cookies from Baking's Biggest Talents Inventing a truly great cookie requires a kind of genius. The men and women on below all have that mega-talent, and each has a terrific new cookbook as well. They share some of their best Christmas cookies with Food & Wine.
A Guide to Buying Well-Aged Wine Only a few wines benefit from aging, but some of them are relatively affordable and sold ready to drink. Peter Hellman offers a guide to what to buy, and where.
Instant Kitchen Makeover For anyone upgrading a kitchen on a budget, designer Jeffrey Alan Marks tells how to make small changes with a big impact.
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