Has abundance destroyed our appreciation for food?

Many of us are fortunate to have well-stocked kitchens, and yet food and eating has never been so stressful since the days when we didn’t have enough. Once upon a time, humans spent their days hunting and gathering food and securing shelter for themselves. They did this for millennia until, suddenly, within the last century, both were much easier to find. Food became abundant for those of us fortunate enough to live in the affluent and productive West. Tragically, this has not been the case for everyone in the world,…

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Fashion that unites: Our Eid shoot showcases the beautiful diversity of India

Fashion is a great unifier. It has an amazing ability to trump hatred and foster love and harmony. This shoot is a tribute to this very quality of fashion that binds people across cultures and creates compelling images of unity in diversity that remain unscathed even in the wildest of storms. On the occasion of Eid, we present to you fashion that refuses to conform, fashion that rebels to transcend all man-made boundaries. Shubh Eid, everyone! Model Arnela Zekovic’s white tussar silk sari with tiny heart motifs has been draped…

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7 Natural Face Packs Our Grandmothers Used for Beautiful Skin

You may have always wondered the magic behind your grandmother’s healthy and glowing skin. Well, as they say, old is gold, especially when it comes to taking care of your skin and hair, purane nuskhe  from our grandmothers were the best and the most effective. Whether it is to cure suntan, acne, dry skin or oily skin, she had the perfect solutions to all your beauty problems using natural homemade face packs. Let’s go back to them as healthier alternatives to our beauty regime. 1. Coriander leaves and turmeric powder…

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Welcome to Open Thread, Our New Fashion Newsletter

This year should be particularly jaw-dropping, since the exhibit the gala celebrates is a one-woman show dedicated to Rei Kawakubo, the founder of the Japanese brand Comme des Garçons, and only the second living designer ever to be granted a retrospective at the museum. (The first was Yves Saint Laurent, in 1983.) Ms. Kawakubo’s work challenges all conventional notions of beauty, femininity and the way garments are constructed; she dares to go where most designers — and, frankly, people — do not. Once, I talked to her backstage after a…

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Republicans: you have to pass our health care plan to find out what’s in it

The most ill-advised remark of the fight to pass Obamacare arguably came from then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy,” she said. That “fog of controversy” bit — which is usually dropped from recitations of Pelosi’s quote — reveals what she was actually saying, which was that once the fight over the law’s passage died down, the American people would find there was quite a lot to like in it. But Republicans…

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Our Food Resolutions for the New Year

Consensus around the Bon Appétit office is that 2016 couldn’t leave soon enough. Unfortunately, 2017 isn’t looking, uh, full of promise either. Amid a lot of anxiety and uncertainty, it’s good to remember that some things in this world are constant. Like food. For what it’s worth, we will continue to eat food in 2017. In that spirit, here are some staffers’ personal food resolutions for the new year. Entertaining I want to master the effortless dinner party! Dinner parties should be fun and not scary—one easy app when people…

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Trump’s Education Secretary Choice Is A Blow To Our Nation’s Science Health

Donald Trump’s transition team has announced his choice for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, a billionaire from Michigan who has actively campaigned against marriage equality and for school vouchers. Of note, DeVos, now tapped to oversee our nation’s public school system, also has reportedly never been part of a public schoolas a teacher or staff member or sent her children to one. DeVos, a graduate of Calvin College, is the founder of All Children Matter, an organization dedicated to rerouting taxpayer dollars into school vouchers for parents to use to send their…

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Poor mental health care is a ‘stain’ on our country. But whose fault is that?

Today’s warning from every former Health Secretary from the past 20 years about inadequate mental health provision raises a number of questions. The first is whether the government really is serious about its pledge to make parity of esteem between physical and mental health a priority. Mental health has become more of a political issue in recent years, which is a good thing: parties now worry about their standing on the issue because society has become better at talking about mental illness, and therefore more people are aware of the…

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The food our New to the Parish community miss the most

For Carlinhos Cruz, nothing tastes quite as good as a well-prepared dish of rice and beans. When the Brazilian musician arrived in Ireland five years ago, he would meet up with Brazilian friends to buy Tesco value kidney beans and cook them with rice. “We found a cheap, almost satisfactory replacement but now there are Brazilian shops which sell our beans and even our rice, Tio João being the favourite,” he says. “Rice and beans sounds simple and in fact it is: brown pinto beans cooked in a pressure cooker…

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Why Donald Trump’s Education Policies Are Bad For Our Students

I’m tired, I have a headache and I’m really glad the debates are over. Like most Americans, I have post-presidential debate hangover syndrome. Watching the debates and then arguing about them with friends (and a few strangers) into the wee hours of the morning can do that to you. Now that I’ve had a little time to reflect, what I find striking about the debates is that we heard the candidates’ views on a range of issues, but we didn’t hear much regarding their thoughts on education, especially from Donald…

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