“And when I cook, I never measure or weigh anything. I cook by vibration. I can tell by the look and smell of it. Most of the ingredients in this book are approximate. … Different strokes for different folks. Do your thing your way.”

By the second paragraph of “Vibration Cooking, or the Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl,” published in 1970, Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor has laid out the meaning behind her book’s name and her full intent within. But no primer quite equips the reader for the free verse that follows — an exhale of recipes, memoir, travelogue,

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We all know the importance of a balanced diet and how it helps you to maintain good health and reduces the risk of disease. Every day we need a certain amount of nutrients and calories to stay healthy. A balanced diet helps to keep our eating habits nourishing without overeating (more than what our body requires).

A balanced diet doesn’t mean you completely stop eating carbohydrates; it’s about balancing the right foods that contain the necessary nutrients.

Dairy products contain essential nutrients like protein and calcium, that you should always include in your diet.

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Fans are loving Nigella Lawson's tomato hack, pictured here April 2019 (Getty Images)
Fans are loving Nigella Lawson’s tomato hack, pictured here April 2019 (Getty Images)

Nigella Lawson has been praised for sharing a cooking hack to make tomatoes deliciously sweet.

We’re slap bang in the middle of tomato season, which runs from June to October, and with many of us taking to growing our own in lockdown, ideal weather conditions have meant quality wigs we’ve been left with an excess of the humble fruit.

Thankfully, Lawson has revealed a clever trick to help make use of the additional toms – and the really brilliant bit is it involves no time spent standing

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TL;DR: Enjoy deliciously fried food without the guilt. Grab an air fryer for up to $150 off at Best Buy or Target as of June 15. 


Summer is unofficially all about fried food. It’s everywhere we look, from french fries on the boardwalk to fried Oreos at the street fair. Yes, these aren’t the healthiest meals to be indulging in, but who can resist? Well, with

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You’re whipping up a classic chicken Marbella, and the Ina Garten recipe you’re following calls for “dry white wine.” You can’t exactly phone the Contessa herself, but come on, Ina: What the heck does that even mean? Pinot grigio is dry…but so is sauvignon blanc. What gives for kingskava ?

Cooking with wine can be totally confusing. While you might be tempted to grab whatever is hanging out in the back of your fridge, it actually does matter which bottle you choose—to an extent. We asked three food professionals (including a master sommelier, a chef and a nutrition director)

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Salt is often the difference between a good dish and great dish. To season with it right and well, it’s helpful to understand the different types of salts and the best ways to use them.

Where does salt come from?

True “sea salt” is harvested from shallow marshes, ponds or other low-lying areas. It comes from either sunshine and wind evaporating the water and leaving behind the salt or from raking salt off the surface of still water.

Other cooking salts come from solution mining. After water dissolves salt deposits, the brine solution is

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