BUY BESH'S BOOK Get started on seasonal shopping: a chef's New Orleans "sunshine world," organized by holiday.
PERFECT PIES If you can't buy one from Community Servings, buy the poster to help feed people all year.
TURKEY TIPS Lisa Hamilton's slide show brings home the meaning of "heritage turkeys"; plus bonus cooking advice.
WELCOME, MIKE TAYLOR My own reason for early giving of thanks--our new contributor, the FDA's food-safety czar.
TREE CAKE Mimi Sheraton, a writer I always read with pleasure, finds new sources for an old cake that once obsessed me.
RED LINE FOR HERRING It's not just bluefin tuna that's being overfished. It's the fish tuna eats--and I want to eat too.
ESSENCE OF PEAR Zeke's post reminds me of my own favorite pear--and the tragedy of not being able to find it at home.
LAST OF THE ROMANOS My favorite green beans are at end-of-season farmer's markets. Try them with this secret sauce.
You can cook the beans an hour or two ahead, but don't dress them more than 30 minutes before serving or the vinegar will alter their color.
THE MEAT GOES ON First Foer and McWilliams on my Austin panel; now Niman, York, and everybody else on the site.
ALL-CANDY DIET Yes, it can be done, and leftovers give you the excuse--especially if they include any new Neccos.
SOMETHING IN THE AIR Paul Wachter's post about milk's shelf life brings me back to coffee (as everything important does).
WILD MUSHROOMS AND WILD HUNTS It's fall after a wet summer, so the pickings are lush--and, as always, risky.
WELCOME, SAM SIFTON The anticipation of the new Times restaurant critic left out the big question.
CONGRATS, JAMES BENNET A little non-food news that's good for the enterprise: our boss is named Editor of the Year.
A NEW APPLE A DAY Zeke's DC tasting was extensive; I found a fine New York State Spartan (and a too-good caramel tart).
YES, CALORIE LABELING WORKS Look first at food companies and the changes they're making, then at people.
APPLE DAY The best heirloom of all--the late great Johnny, whose skill as a reporter and writer made food writing festive fun.
DON'T RIP, GOURMET--COME BACK SOON I refuse to believe Gourmet will be gone for long. But it's terrible news.
GREEN WALNUTS, WHITE SAUCE It's the famous chiles en nogada that use the walnuts I drove over in Napa.