Priya Krishna on ‘Cooking at Home’ With David Chang

Several years ago, I went on a somewhat fanatical quest to find a satisfying version of what I called a “metacookbook”—a book that doesn’t just list out recipe instructions, but also explains the thinking behind them.

The food journalist Priya Krishna and David Chang, the founder of the Momofuku family of restaurants, have together written a charming new entry in this subgenre, Cooking at Home: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Recipes (And Love My Microwave). The book’s “recipes-that-aren’t-really-recipes” tend to forgo precise measurements of ingredients and time, and instead emphasize intuition, personalization, and experimentation. Krishna and Chang provide a set of adaptable culinary blueprints for readers to iterate on—for instance, a general formula for cooking a cheap cut of meat or whipping up a vinegary condiment—and envision a recipe not as “a rigid instruction manual, but a Mad Lib.”

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These flavorful recipes are perfect for spicy food lovers

Love spicy food? If you think everything tastes better with a few chili peppers or a dash of hot sauce, head over to TikTok, where creative chefs are cooking up recipes that pack some serious heat. From chili pepper-packed pasta to fiery fried chicken, here are five of the best recipes for spicy food lovers on TikTok

1. Spicy vegan enoki mushroom

This spicy vegan enoki mushroom dish is so easy to make! Just grab a bag of enoki, cut about an inch from the bottom of the mushrooms, and discard the bottom section. Then toss the enoki in a pan on high heat with a splash of oil. Add in garlic, chopped Vietnamese red peppers (use one pepper for a milder dish or three for maximum spiciness), pepper paste, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil and black pepper. Once the mushroom is cooked through, top it

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