Featured in Issue 185
Super-Quick Minute Steak
Our favorite no-fuss one-pan sirloin.
The Original Nachos? Maybe.
The man's name was Ignacio Anaya. His nickname was Nacho. When asked what he called the dish he'd just wiped up, Ignacio replied, "Nacho's especiales."
Toward a Theory of Perfect Nachos
Universally adaptable, proudly inauthentic, an anything-goes dumping ground of melted cheese and chips—could this be the origin story of nachos?
3 Classic (and Vastly Underappreciated) Books That Changed the Way We Cook
Cookbook expert Russ Parsons digs into forgotten texts that are well worth a modern look
Are Root Vegetables the Root of Civilization?
We dig root vegetables for their endless adaptability, cool-weather abundance, and weird beauty—but they also may have played a critical role in the growth of prehistoric human society
How Vanilla Became the World’s Favorite Flavor
The unlikely story of a finnicky, hard-to-pollinate tropical vine and the forces that spread it everywhere
This Costa Rican Family Farm is Working to Save Vanilla From its Own Success
As the vanilla business booms, so does the challenge of growing the tropical vine in sustainable and ethical ways. Here's how the Brown family of Cinco Ramas is doing just that