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Food & Drink

Loving your food is (surprise!) good for you

We are genetically hard-wired to seek pleasure, because that’s what helped our species survive back in the day. In today’s health- and weight-centric culture, however, pleasure gets a bad rap – ironic, given that the modern food environment heavily promotes indulgent and less-nutritious foods. When we feel conflicted or confused about our food choices, rush through our meals or eat while distracted, we deprive ourselves of food pleasure and eating satisfaction. This can have negative consequences for health. Here’s why you can – and should – eat for both nutrition and pleasure.

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With a swap and a slow cooker, this onion soup speaks a whole new language

When it’s cold outside and you have ducked into a French bistro, nothing spells c-o-m-f-o-r-t like a hot bowl of French onion soup — right down to the bread-borne melted Gruyere floating on top. But that dish is purely a restaurant indulgence, right? Making it at home calls for the cook to stir the onions on top of the stove for an hour or more so as to coax them into a state of tender, golden silkiness. That is, unless you’ve enlisted the help of a slow cooker. Suddenly, there’s no reason not to whip up the classic recipe in your very own kitchen.

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Baking books pack more than just calories

With the holiday baking – and giving – season coming up, a great baking book can help. Then again, if you ask for a great baking book, you can use it for years to come. This year’s books have some doozies to consider. Pick your style and take a look.

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