What did 2013 show us in the world of premium steak? Longer aging times, more rib steaks, and there's more than one right way to cook a piece of beef.
'best of 2013' on Serious Eats
Consider these books the cream of the Bake the Book crop—each one is a pleasure to page through, a delight to cook from, and comes with its own engaging story.
When you eat out as much as I do, summing up a year of eating is excruciatingly difficult. It's one of those "tough jobs, but someone has to do it." So here goes: a baker's dozen of things that made my 2013.
One thing is certain, we didn't skip dessert in 2013. Here are our favorite sweet bites from the past year.
No matter how much I think I have the dining scene figured out, there is always more to find. I can't wait to get back to work in 2014, but here are the dishes that genuinely excited me in 2013.
In a cruel, paradoxical twist of fate, I've eaten so many memorable meals this year that I can't help but feel I'm forgetting several that deserve to top this list. Alas, such is the life of a food writer in a city as rich with phenomenal dining options as New York. Many of the meals that have stuck with me are those I return to again and again; some because they're truly one of a kind, some for their unparalleled level of execution. See my top ten after the jump!
Among the thousands of cookies I've baked this year, which stick in my mind most? These nutty, gooey, chunky, dunkable treats.
instead of dealing with abstract concepts of "the best" or "our favorite," this list is based on cold hard facts. There's no room for the vague here, just the posts ranked by most visitors, thank you very much.
What did I learn over this year of making breakfast sweets? A muffin's fine, but it's nice to get out of bed when there's something truly special to look forward to.
What happened in Serious Eats land this year? Mr. Bear! Painful taste tests! Exciting birthdays! Too many doughnuts! Candy dip! Happy Yuba! Sleeping Hambone! And more! Check it all out in the slideshow »
After a year of interviewing chefs in New York, we've heard our share of touching sound bites. Here are 11 of our favorite moments in those conversations.
2013 was a banner year for the Serious Eats ice cream bureau. We played with booze, coffee, and cardamom. We explored ice cream techniques and fundamentals. And we busted some longstanding ice cream myths along the way. For all my favorite recipes, techniques, and science of the past year, read on.
Do you prefer impeccably grilled Japanese food, extra-crunchy fried chicken, or freshly grilled carne asada? If you're like me, you want all of it, which made it such a thrill to dine out in Chicago this year.
From bright and tangy lemon Italian ice to super chocolatey haupia pudding, I managed to pack a lot of delicious regional and retro treats into this year. These are my top five.
From smokey-salty chocolate bark to sublime white hot chocolate, here are my five favorites of the past year.
We covered a ton of ground again this year in Bronx Eats, eating everything from lemon chicken soup in Riverdale to birria in Hunts Point. We started digging for the north Bronx's best Jamaican food, and picked up an ongoing quest to find the perfect mangu. If this second year of Bronx Eats proved anything for me, its that there's so much more good stuff left to eat and share with you.
I broadened my fried-food-only focus a little over midway through the year and hit the two year mark as a contributor in November. But whether I was slogging through french fries, fried chicken, top notch doughnuts, or beyond, I was continually struck by just how good it is to eat in Chicago.
It it just me, or has it been a good year for Asian food in New York, both traditional and modern? If my list of the eight best things I've eaten all year is any measure, then yes. It contains a whopping five dishes built on Japanese, Chinese, Korean, or Thai foundations. The rest are a mix of pasta, rice, and, er, bone marrow. No list is complete without bone marrow, right?
2013 has been a great year for sandwiches in New York. We welcomed some new favorites with roast beef, brisket, and several kinds of pork. We uncovered some outstanding tortas in the far reaches of Brooklyn and Queens. We explored the subtleties of what makes a great chicken parm. And we said goodbye to one of the city's finest purveyors of mozzarella. Here are our favorite NYC sandwiches from 2013.