'soy' on Serious Eats

Do You Drink Soy Milk Over Other Milks?

We've all heard the health benefits of soy—it's high in protein as well as B vitamins, and it's cholesterol-free. While the debate in wellness circles rages on, soy milk has become one of the most popular ways to consume soy. The recipe is simple: take dried soybeans, grind them with water, and strain out the solids until you're left with a smooth, drinkable liquid. More

Cook the Book: Asparagus with Butter and Soy

Add the creamy yolk of a gently poached egg to blanched and lightly charred young asparagus dressed in butter and soy—that's it. Hearty and salty in the best way, the kind of plate that makes it easy to think about becoming a seasonal vegetarian because, really, who needs steak when you have perfect asparagus and runny poached eggs? More

Cook the Book: Soy Rice and Chicken

This Soy Rice and Chicken recipe was submitted to Roger Ebert's blog by a commenter in Taiwan. It's a spin on a family favorite—bits of chicken mixed with flavorful rice infused with ginger, onions, shiitakes, and plenty of soy sauce. Like all of the recipes in The Pot and How to Use It, it's simple to prepare, basically just a matter of sautéing the chicken, mixing it with other ingredients, and pressing the "cook" button on your rice cooker. More

Basic Vinaigrette

Note: Why bother emulsifying your vinaigrette? Read about the science of emulsions. [Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] This recipes make a cup of vinaigrette. Extra vinaigrette can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator indefinitely. About the author: Become... More

Soy Vinaigrette

Note: Why bother emulsifying your vinaigrette? Read about the science of emulsions. [Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] This recipes make a cup of vinaigrette. Extra vinaigrette can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator indefinitely. About the author: Become... More

Taste Test: Store-Bought Tofu

Not all tofu is created equal. Some tofu has a mild, sweet beany flavor and a smooth consistency, while other brands have flavor defects and strange textures. Our Seriously Meatless columnist Michael Natkin took one for the team and tried six brands of firm or extra firm tofu to help you out on your next grocery trip. More

Simmered Soybeans (Nimame)

These little soybeans can be soaked overnight, then stewed in dashi, sugar, mirin, and soy sauce. Tiny squares of kelp are simmered alongside the soybeans for an extra boost of umami flavor. It's a simple but utterly delicious dish. More

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Vegan Substitutes?

Fried Tofu, a popular vegan substitute. [Photograph: Robyn Lee] Update: This quiz is closed as of August 26, 2013. Say your friend or loved one (or maybe even you) just decided to become a vegan. What happens to the big, buttery birthday cake or cheese pairing for that wine? Do you know much about vegan substitutes? (Does wheat meat mean anything to you?) See how prepared you would be for the new diet. Take the quiz! »... More

Soy Milk or Cow's Milk: Which Is More Eco-Friendly?

Whenever I admit to drinking soy milk, I immediately add a qualifier: "Only in coffee and cereal. Sometimes. I swear." I don't want to be pegged as a freaky full-time soy-milk drinker because at the core, I identify with "regular" milk. From cows. But every so often there's something about soy milk, especially vanilla, that adds a nice twist to an otherwise sludgy coffee. No offense to furry critters, but I don't drink soy milk for animal rights reasons or anything Mother Nature-related. I drink it because in certain contexts, it's really good. So when Slate reported this week that soy milk isn't necessarily better than cow's milk from an eco-perspective, I appreciated the insight but wasn't any less likely... More

Soy May Be Hazardous to Sperm

A study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that modest soy consumption may significantly decrease sperm production due to the soy's isoflavones, the chemicals that act similar to estrogen. However, the study points out that soy consumption is higher in Asia, where there isn't a decreased fertility problem.... More

Today's Message from Self-Appointed 'Chronicler of the Miraculous,' Megachurch Ministries: Soy Makes Your Wrists Weak

Grub Street points us to uberconservative parachurchman Jim Rutz's hilarious rant on soy, which he claims makes boys gay and women hysterical. "Soy is feminizing, and commonly leads to a decrease in the size of the penis, sexual confusion and homosexuality," Rutz claims. "At the extreme, the damage can be fatal." My favorite response, by an anonymous rager: "Are you an idiot? What's your next theory, [that] eating chicken wings makes people black?"... More

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