Maine's Food Hero: Sam Hayward For someone born in Ohio, chef Sam Hayward understands Maine ingredients like almost no one else. Writer Nancy Harmon Jenkins visits the man who transformed Maine's food scene and gets his best recipes.
Holiday Menu: Reinventing Thanksgiving Classics Susan Spungen, author of the forthcoming Recipes: A Collection for the Modern Cook, is a master at creating the small, simple details that can transform a recipe—like using a single, beautiful herb sprig to adorn a sweet potato biscuit. Here, her inviting holiday menu.
Fast Track: Big Talent at Little Giant Blue-jeans cuisine from the talented chefs at Little Giant in New York City.
Nathan Turner Nathan Turner, owner of Nathan Turner Interiors & Antiques in Los Angeles, has found an extraordinary place to give dinner parties: his own shop. As he travels the world buying for his store, he also finds wonderful entertaining ideas. Here he gives his secret sources for everything from the perfect roses direct from a flower farm to the best dulce de leche cookies.
California Strikes Oil: Artisanal Olive Oil Our massive taste test of 65 artisanal olive oils revealed Pasolivo to be one of California's best. Here, a splendid harvest meal with the family behind it.
Los Angeles Club Scene: Cooking Clubs Writer Sally Horchow belongs to not one but two cooking clubs in Los Angeles, a center of cooking-club mania. She describes a memorable session with a guest instructor, charismatic chef Govind Armstrong of L.A.'s Table 8.
Saving Bali: Organic Farming American expats Ben and Blair Ripple have a mission: saving small Balinese farmers and their artisanal foods from extinction. The couple's amazing innovations have gotten celebs like Thomas Keller and Donna Karan to take notice.
Merlot Missionary: Washington State Lettie Teague adores Washington State Merlots. But when she travels to the source, she finds winemakers ignoring the grape in favor of Cab or Syrah. What gives?
Rushing Home for Thanksgiving Missing their families and their Southern roots, chefs Allison Vines-Rushing and Slade Rushing left Manhattan stardom to return to life in Louisiana. Here, they celebrate their homecoming with a Thanksgiving feast at their new Abita Springs restaurant, Longbranch.
Sweet Nostalgia: Retro Candy Trends Pastry chefs, bakers and confectioners are looking back to the glory days of the ice cream parlor and the candy shop to get inspiration for their retro sweets—from cupcakes to doughnuts to homemade Cracker Jack.
Tale of the Soup Peddler: David Ansel After David Ansel followed a girlfriend to Austin, the romance and his career faltered. So he did what anybody would do: He began selling soup door-to-door on his bicycle. Here, the story of his unlikely success.