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The Manual’s Quick Reference Guide to Smoking Meat

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Entire books have been written on the subject of smoking meat, but don’t let that fool you — you can learn how to do it like a pro in just a single afternoon. We’ve put together this guide to teach you the basics in a flash, and also share some insight into the science behind it, so you’ll be an expert in no time.

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The Best Pumpkin Beers (2014 Edition)

It's that time of year again. Pumpkin-flavored beers are everywhere right now, so we've taken the liberty of rounding them up and giving them all a taste test, and now we're here to let you know which ones...
to sip and which ones to skip.

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The Seoul Chicken Guide to Wings

At Seoul Chicken in New York's Lower East Side, Chaz Brown is dishing out plates of crispy, flavorful chicken wings. We talked with charismatic Chaz Brown and got some of his insider tips for cooking an...
impressive chicken wing.

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Swill: McMenamin’s Aval Pota Whiskey

We'll be the first to admit that flavored whiskies usually suck, but this one from McMenamin's Edgefield Distillery blew our mind. Built on a foundation of White Dog whiskey and flavored with a mash of...
freshly-harvested Hood River apples, this amazing autumnal spirit is definitely worth your time

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Oktoberfest Lager Stew. Need We Say More?

So now that it’s officially fall, it won’t be long before you have to put away the grill and start eating something other than steak, chicken, and grilled corn again. Unfortunately,...
you’ll soon be forced to cook inside, like a person who doesn’t have so much hair on their knuckles. It’s a bummer, we know, but not to worry — even if you’re not as...
comfortable in the kitchen as you are over an open flame, we’ve got a killer autumn recipe for you that’s practically impossible to screw up. And better yet, it’s got beer in it. Peep...
game...

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FEASTING: Chef Angie Mar of The Beatrice Inn

Feasting is our new column dedicated to cooking, grilling, eating and discovering what’s on the menu across America and the world. There are few things we love more than a badass female chef,...
especially when she favors simplicity, seasonality and holds game meats in high esteem. So when Angie Mar invited us to have dinner at The Beatrice Inn where she’s currently executive chef, we gladly...
popped into the West Village spot to sample some of her best fall offerings. To say we left stuffed was an understatement. Between the venison tartare she butchered herself, the milk braised pork...
shoulder...

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Five Fresh Hop Beers You Should Already Be Drinking

From the fresh hop reds to the double IPAs, we've got you covered when it comes to fresh hop beers, but hurry up, because they won't be fresh much longer.

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Wines for Columbus Day Weekend

Next Monday is Columbus Day and, while Christopher Columbus’ legacy is complex and nuanced, the holiday ushers in one of America’s great traditions—enjoying a three-day weekend in the peak of autumn....
Chances are you’ll take a fall getaway with a significant other, sleep-in and lounge around the house, or fit in one last barbecue for the season. Whatever you decide to do over Columbus Day weekend,...
you’re probably going to want an adult beverage or two. Luckily, we here at The Manual have two perfect wines for the occasion. Christopher Columbus was, of course, Italian, but his voyages to the...

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The Top 5 Steak Houses in London Right Now

Love a steak? We hear ya. The London restaurant scene is currently head over heels for prime, juicy cuts too. Read on for our top five steak houses, for when you’re next in town. 1. The Hawksmoor Ask any...
London for their top steak house recommendation and they’ll probably swoon over the succulent cuts available at The Hawksmoor. Now boasting six lux locations across London, this sophisticated steak house...
claims to have searched the globe for the best cuts, only to settle with British beef. The ‘dictionary-thick’ steaks on offer range from 300g fillets to bone-in prime rib. The quality...

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Best Fall Cocktails

Pretty soon, fall will be upon us, so it’s probably a good idea to start transitioning your liquor cabinet away from all those summer staples and get it geared up for the oncoming colder months. Here...
we’ve pulled together a few of our favorite fall cocktails to help you ease into autumn. Enjoy! Mamani Gin & Tonic This is a great choice if you’re still clinging to the flavors of summer...
and want to ease your transition into fall. tomatoes will soon be out of season, as will cucumbers, but peppers are best toward the end of summer and into the...

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Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar

The historic Rosebud Diner in Somerville, Massachusetts, has been reinvented. No longer a diner, the new Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar offers a Pan American menu according to owner Joe Cassinelli....
“I don’t want a pretentious restaurant,” he says. “My goal is to offer honest food and honest drinks.” While the menu gives a nod to the nostalgic diner days with a dessert case stacked with...
mouthwatering pies and coffee for a mere buck a cup, the other offerings include a mix of comfort food with a modern, upscale spin. They offer a variety of entrees and savory sides but the BBQ...

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A Woman’s Work: Female Chefs Serve Up Culinary Delights

Cooking has traditionally been dominated by women but you wouldn’t know that looking at restaurant kitchens. The list of Michelin-star chefs is long and is almost entirely made up of men. Female...
chefs have long been relegated to sous or pastry chef status. That’s not to say some female chefs haven’t managed to make a name for themselves. Anita Lo and Alice Waters come to mind....
Unfortunately, that list is short. But thanks to a new wave of talented female chefs, the tide may be turning. Here are four of the top female chefs around the United States who are creating award-winning...
cuisine. Anne-Sophie Pic...

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Swill: Doug Fir Eau-De-Vie

Swill is our bi-monthly column dedicated to liquor, wine, beer, and every other delicious dram that falls under the broader umbrella of booze. But it’s more than just tasting notes scribbled on a...
cocktail napkin — Swill is about getting outside of your comfort zone, trying new things, and exploring the big, wide world of libations. One week you might catch us halfway through a bottle of...
single-malt scotch, and the week after that we might be buzzing on some Ugandan moonshine made from bananas. This column is just one big boozy adventure, so grab yourself a glass and join us for...

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