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Why Don't Americans Eat More Chestnuts Year-Round?

As cooler weather creeps in, the smell of roasted chestnuts wafts through NYC street corners. But we used to eat chestnuts much more than this. Did we just collectively lose out taste for them? Or did a century-old ecological disaster have anything to do with it? There is a veritable "cult of the chestnut" outside of the U.S. In Japan there are even chestnut flavored Kit Kats and chestnut flavored soft serve ice cream. More

Where's the Love for Chestnuts?

[Photograph: Lee Zalben] Here's Some Love Chestnut Torte ┬╗Chestnut, Pumpkin, and Farro ┬╗Chestnut Honey ┬╗ Rome in the fall and winter is a magical place. The air is cool and crisp and everywhere you go, the air seems to be roasted-chestnut-scented. Earlier this year, I spotted a chestnut vendor in Piazza Navona, which got me thinking more about chestnuts. We don't really eat them in the U.S. a whole lot. At Thanksgiving sometimes you seem them in stuffing or dressing, or during the year, in a salad every once in a while. There are only a few roasted chestnut street vendors left in Manhattan. In France and Italy they're used in a variety of confections and baked goods, but... More

Chestnut Torte

The following recipe is from the February 13th edition of our weekly recipe newsletter. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, sign up here! I was drawn to Alice Medrich's recipe for chestnut torte from Bittersweet because right now I'd... More

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