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It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for the best 40-ouncer of beer or the best $40,000 whiskey, because we cover it all. From profiles of industry-leading chefs and bartenders to recipes for homemade cocktails or brisket, The Manual serves up content that will make you hungry, thirsty, and ready to put your apron on.

Frozen food in a freezer

11 foods you should never freeze (no matter how much money you save bulk buying)

Freezing food is a great way to stock up and save a little money. However, there are some foods that won't survive the icy blast of the freezer.
Banana liqueur cocktail

The 11 best banana liqueur cocktails for a taste of the tropics

A pint of beer and a soccer match.

The best bars for MLS fans: Get a pint at one of these great spots

Small coffee cup and saucer

Forget cream or sugar: You should add salt to your coffee

Agave stacked up at Flecha Azul

How to pick the absolute best tequila, just by looking at the label

Jack in the Box breakfast burrito

The most unhealthy breakfast items from your favorite fast-food chains

Oiled asparagus on a baking sheet

You’re probably making these 9 mistakes with asparagus

Friends playing drinking card game

The best drinking card games to beat the summer heat and boredom

Man using smartphone while preparing food in the kitchen

The 10 best recipe apps to channel your inner chef


The 10 best canned sardines to elevate your summer cooking


How to make kombucha and its 6 amazing benefits

Chinese food leftovers on a wooden bench.

Elevate your takeout food with the right wine (they’re all under $22, too!)

plate of fresh, yummy green beans

A spring favorite: Our top tips for buying, cleaning, and how to cook green beans

If you're looking to make a healthy side dish, start by learning how to cook green beans with these delicious recipes.
Anzick Outdoor Chef's Knife

This limited edition camping blade is good enough to be a chef’s knife

This limited edition camping blade is good enough to be a chef’s knife

Looking for a high-end camping knife? The James Brand's new limited edition kit is good enough to be a chef's knife.
A beer pint at the airport.

The very best airport watering holes, from LAX to JFK

Traveling about the country? These are the best airport bars, from LAX to JFK and busy hubs in between.
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Star Wars drinking game rules you can use for all the movies

If you want to elevate your Star Wars watching experience, just grab a drink and follow along. We've put together a drinking game to play while you stream.
Honey dipper and honeycomb on a table

We found a really clever use for sous vide nobody talks about

A sous vide machine isn't just for cooking your favorite foods. One Reddit user cleverly figured out a whole new use for this versatile machine.
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A novice cheesemaker’s guide on how to make cheese at home

A novice cheesemaker’s guide on how to make cheese at home

The road to becoming a cheese connoissuer is never a straight line, but we'll point you in the right direction with these beginner-friendly recipes.
Brewer-Clifton vineyard view.

A guide to the many gems of Santa Barbara wine country

Now more than ever is the best time to taste the quality and craftsmanship hard at work in Santa Barbara wine country. Here are some ideas for where to go.
Whiskey being poured into a glass.

7 delicious whiskey mixers that aren’t Coke

While whiskey neat or on the rocks is likely the way distillers would prefer their products be enjoyed, these are the best ways to make a whiskey taste better.
A toast with two Sure Sure cocktails

The 19 best frozen drinks for impending heat waves

There's not much more refreshing in this world than the frozen drink, especially as summer hits. Here are 19 to try in 2023.
Bowl of foods high in soluble fiber with fruit and nuts and oats

These foods are high in soluble fiber and vital for good health

Soluble fiber dissolves in water and can assist in lowering cholesterol and glucose levels. Find out which foods can help do this.

Everything you need to know to make Chinese hot pot at home

A savory broth filled with meat and vegetables, hot pot is a favorite among social gatherings throughout Asia. To learn how to make it home, read on.
Hound of Baskervilles cocktail.

Make these Sherlock Holmes-themed cocktails for your next party

Looking to up your cocktail game? Make these creative Sherlock Holmes-inspired cocktails and truly wow your guests at the dinner party.
chicken oyster yakitori

Chicken oysters are delicious (and you probably didn’t know they exist)

You may be throwing away the best part of a roasted chicken and not even know it. It's time to learn about the "chef's reward," aka chicken oysters.
Boubon in a glass

It’s time to learn about bourbon — here’s your guide

Born in the land of the free and the home of the brave, there is no spirit more American than bourbon. Here's a quick but thorough lesson on this whiskey.
Chef Vikas Khanna

Learn these amazing spring cooking tricks from a Michelin Star chef

Spring spells a lot of things but we don't always know how or what to cook this time of year. Here, Chef Vikas Kanna offers some sage advice.
Herd&Grace tomahawk steak on board.

You can now get this Michelin-quality beef delivered to your home

Herd & Grace beef, previously only for Michelin restaurants, is now delivering its high-quality Australian beef straight to the comfort of home.
Parmesan cheese

Why Parmesan isn’t the cheese you should put on your pasta

While Parmesan is certainly a very adequate choice — is it the best choice? We say no. If you ask us, Pecorino Romano is the superior alternative. 
The Insignia beverage cooler holds 130 cans.

Perfect for any man cave, this 130-can beverage cooler is $50 off

Perfect for any man cave, this 130-can beverage cooler is $50 off

Best Buy is currently offering a beverage cooler deal on an Insignia 130-can beverage cooler, perfect for your mancave or game room.
Plate of pasta

Why Italian food absolutely deserves to be UNESCO-recognized

UNESCO is on the verge of formally recognizing Italian cuisine. Given the food culture that exists in Italy, we're not entirely surprised.
Crab on display at the store.

Study signals bad news for seafood lovers hoping for fewer canceled crab seasons

Climate change affects us all. Crab have been hit especially hard as of late and this newest research isn't ideal for our oceans and their inhabitants.
Kebaya food on table.

Why Peranakan cooking is the unique Southeast Asian food you need to try

A fusion of Chinese, Malay, and Indian flavors, Peranakan food is unique. Read on as we take a dive into this cuisine, courtesy of Kebaya restaurant in NYC.
Making a cocktail

The 10 best bartending apps to fuel your inner mixologist

With just a quick click and scroll, you can become a bona fide mixologist in no time, thanks to these handy bartending apps for beginners and pros alike.
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Get 16 free meals when you try HelloFresh Meal Kits today

Get 16 free meals when you try HelloFresh Meal Kits today

This HelloFresh Meal Kit deal offers you a wide variety of meals to choose from each week at a steep discount. It is the equivalent of a dozen meals free.
Olive oil being poured into a bowl.

The ultimate guide to disposing of cooking oil the right way

It’s crucial to take a moment to understand the dangers of improper cooking oil disposal. That way, you can take steps to adopt safe, responsible practices.
man looking at hair loss

13 foods for hair growth: Eat your way to more enviable locks

Though our hair naturally gets thinner as we age, a healthy diet can help prevent hair loss. Learn what to chow down on in this list of foods for hair growth.
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Get this popular air fryer for $17 with this one-day deal

Get this popular air fryer for $17 with this one-day deal

This air fryer deal, available at Best Buy today only, saves you nearly $30 on an excellent Bella Pro Series manual air fryer. Hurry, it will be gone soon.
Carving prime rib

How to cook prime rib like a boss

To understand the finer points on how to cook prime rib, we tapped the culinary wisdom of Beau Carr.
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Ninja’s new outdoor grill and smoker just got its first discount

Ninja’s new outdoor grill and smoker just got its first discount

The Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill & Smoker is a force to be reckoned with for outdoor cooks, and it's finally on sale at Best Buy.
Los Magos Sotol field image.

Sotol is the super sustainable alternative to tequila that you’re going to love

Following the surge of Mexican spirits coming to the fore, Sotol is ready to have its moment. Given its highly sustainable nature, it may be here to stay.
Cocktails in coupe glasses

These are the 7 best gin mixers to have in your home bar

The joy of gin is you can use a number of different mixers for simple, delicious drinks. Here are the best gin mixers you should have on hand for cocktails.
sliced butter

How to soften butter: 4 easy ways (no microwave necessary)

There are several ways to soften butter quickly without a microwave. With just a few common household items, it can be done in a blink of an eye.
Man cuts fresh salmon while looking at a tablet

HelloFresh alternatives: Have you considered these great options?

HelloFresh is a popular meal kit, but what are the best HelloFresh alternatives and competitors? Find out here.
Three flavors of Buchi

Buchi review: Should this brand be your go-to kombucha?

Learn about Buchi in this review to see if it should be your go-to kombucha brand!
Seafood that is high in vitamin B12.

Need an energy boost? Try these 11 foods high in vitamin B12

Foods high in vitamin B12 provide essential energy-producing nutrients.
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Mitchell & Ness teamed up with Miller Lite on throwback gear to help you look like your dad

Well-made, vintage-inspired clothing from Mitchell & Ness that's comfortable and stylish? Sign us up.
Al Pacino in The Godfather.

Which came first: Pasta Alfredo or Al Pacino? The Manual investigates

They both provide comfort in our darkest hours. They both bring smiles to our faces and warmth to our souls. They are: pasta Alfredo and Al Pacino
Green Chartreuse

The Chartreuse shortage is real (and here to stay), but we’ve got some great substitutes

We're getting used to supply chain shortages. Here's how to work around the latest, a low stock of green Chartreuse.
Gulab Byblos

Give Mom what she really wants with one of these 10 Mother’s Day cocktails

Once you’ve made her a delicious breakfast and presented her with a gift, there’s only one thing left to do: drink. Make one of these cocktails for Mom.