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Hunter Lu

Hunter Lu

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Hunter Lu is a New York-based food and features writer, editor, and NYU graduate. His fiction has appeared in The Line Literary Review and The Bangalore Review, and his nonfiction has appeared in Foreign Policy Magazine, Atlas Obscura, Greatist, Edible Queens, The Cleaver Quarterly, and The War Horse.

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cooked elk with cup

Upgrade your next barbecue with elk, the healthy red meat you should be eating

If you're looking for a healthy beef replacement, look no further than elk. We interview First Light Farms to learn all about this healthy red meat.
Closeup of croissant lobster

How to brunch like the French with lobster croissant and champagne

Learn how to brunch like the French with lobster croissant, cocktails, and frog legs. Maison Close, a New York-based French restaurants, teaches us how.
The caviar at Hancock St. with potato chips and champagne

What is caviar? A seafood expert breaks down all the details

Delicate and buttery, caviar is a luxurious delicacy. To guide us, caviar expert John McDonald of Hancock St. teaches us how to enjoy this prized ingredient.
Baskets of dim sum, a traditional breakfast

What is dim sum? A guide to China’s most famous culinary tradition

Dim sum restaurants are a culinary institution in many American Chinatowns.
Hands holding trout

The complete guide to cleaning a fish for beginners

Landed a big catch? Nice work! Tasty, fresh fish meat is just a few slices away. Follow this guide to learn how to best prepare a fresh-caught fish.
Garlic Hawaiin fried chicken

How to make sweet and crispy Hawaiian fried chicken

From fragrant garlic chicken to sweet mochiko chicken, Hawaii is a fantastic place for fried poultry.
Grilled chicken

How to make peri peri chicken, a South African BBQ classic

Want to know about the delicious and spicy peri peri chicken? Read this simple guide and make your own at home with a chef-approved recipe.
Chicken pot pie by Chef Anand Sastry

Here’s the chicken pot pie recipe you need to bake up this comfort food favorite

The best of both worlds, chicken pot pie combines crispy pastry with rich chicken stew.
Table side prime rib Monterey NYC

Tips and tricks: A pro chef reveals how to cook prime rib

The highlight of any celebration or menu, prime rib requires plenty of skill to execute. Chef James Tracey of Monterey helps us break down this classic.
El Lugar tlayuda closeup

Tlayudas is the ‘Mexican pizza’ you never knew you needed

Tlayudas are a Mexican street food classic. Chef Alex Mixcoatl shares his favorite tips and tricks with The Manual for this Oaxaca dish.
Salisbury steak from The Forked Spoon

How to make Salisbury steak, an American classic

An iconic American classic, Salisbury steak is a savory and hearty dish guaranteed to satisfy any meat lover.
Small clay cup of Indian chai on a wooden table.

How to make chai tea: Tasty recipes for a homemade delight

An excellent beverage for any weather, a cup of creamy Indian chai is second to none. Read on to learn all the tips and tricks to making this amazing drink.
Bowl of Vietnamese Pho with rice noodles, mung beans, cilantro, spring onions and limes

How to make Vietnamese pho, a perfect soup for any time of the year

A steaming bowl of rich beef broth brimming with noodles and fragrant herbs, pho is widely considered the most famous dish of Vietnam.
Food ranger eating noodles

How to find the best street food (and other travel tips), according to YouTube megastar, The Food Ranger

Looking for travel tips? From the best street food to digital safety, YouTube megastar The Food Rangers share his best tips.
BBQ Brisket being sliced by hand.

Here’s all you need to know about brisket: A comprehensive guide

There aren't many foods more heartily satisfying than slow-cooked meat. Here's all you need to know about brisket.
Brazilian picanha on plate with sides.

Secrets revealed: Chef shares his best tips for cooking a picanha steak

Brazilian picanha is a must-eat for any meat lover. We learn all the tips and tricks from a chef.
Burger with egg on plate.

A pro chef gives us tips on how to make a great breakfast burger

Who wouldn't want a burger for breakfast? A pro chef gives us all the tips and tricks you'll need.
Homemade chicken fried steak dinner

How to make creamy, crispy chicken fried steak – a recipe for the home chef

Crispy and covered in gravy, chicken fried steak is a delicious and filling Southern delicacy.
Spanish bikini sandwich on plate.

Meet the Bikini sandwich, Spain’s answer to the Croque Monsieur

Have you ever heard of a bikini sandwich? It's Spain's version of a Croque Monsieur, and it's incredible.
Selection of ETTORE Wine bottles on wooden table.

There are several health benefits of wine – we explain them here

ETTORE, an organic winery in California, shows its expertise on the health benefits of wine.
philly roast pork sandwich recipe guide high street

How to make a delicious Philly roast pork sandwich

The cheesesteak might be Philadelphia's most famous culinary item but for many locals, the roast pork sandwich is deemed to be the true taste of Philadelphia.
Indian butter chicken in a black pan with a spiral of cream being added.

The best Indian butter chicken recipes we’ve tasted

Satisfy your craving for Indian butter chicken without going to a restaurant with these crowd-pleasing butter chicken recipes from Indian cuisine experts.
Carne asada

Chef-inspired recipe: How to make Mexican carne asada for a winning meat entree

Carne asada, a smoky and savory Mexican style steak, is a one of the most popular items in Mexican cuisine.
casa bond lobster guacamole.

Secrets revealed: A chef shares a guacamole recipe upgrade you won’t be able to resist

Everyone loves guacamole, but with this chef's tips and recipe, your guac will be even better.
Cans of RisEau cbd drinks.

Seltzers, cocktails, and more: The 9 best CBD drinks we tried in 2024

From tasty fruit flavors to drinks that help to de-stress and mellow out, these are our favorite CBD-infused drinks.
Limoncello shots and lemons

How to make limoncello: Everything you need to know about this Italian delicacy

Crafted from an aged mix of lemons and liquor, limoncello is the bright yellow liqueur that's become synonymous with sunshine on the Italian Riviera.
Citarella Gambero Rosso Shrimp on ice.

A seafood expert teaches us all about rare, gourmet shrimp

Citarella NYC owner and fishmonger reveals all about gourmet shrimp — how to source and how to prepare them.
KOW steak tomahawks

Meet the mail-order wagyu beef company prized by Gordon Ramsay and David Chang

Jon Urbana of KOW Steaks teaches us all about high-quality American Wagyu.
Spanish coffee cocktail

Beyond the espresso martini: A speakeasy mixologist teaches us all about coffee cocktails

From how to pair coffee with your cocktail ingredients to how to make a Black Manhattan, this is your expert guide to coffee cocktails.
Cucina alba Eggplant Parmigiana.

Why chocolate is the must-add ingredient for the perfect eggplant parmesan

Executive Chef Adam Leonti of the restaurant Cucina Alba is adding an interesting ingredient to his eggplant parmesan — chunks of bitter chocolate.
variety of Korean liquors

How to pair soju and beef: Master Sommelier Kyungmoon Kim of Wangbi gives us his top tips

Soju and beef are a match made in heaven. Master sommelier Kyungmoon Kim of NYC's Wangbi tell us how to pair soju and beef.
Andrew Zimmern cooking over fire.

Chef Andrew Zimmern teaches us all about wild game cooking

Andrew Zimmern, well-known TV personality and chef, teaches us about wild game cooking.
Trio of dressed oysters at Sagaponack

From roasted to dressed, a chef’s guide to upgrading your oysters

We got some advice from a chef on how to upgrade the lowly oyster to something incredible.
martini and frites and caviar

Expert bartender gives us a great martini recipe, and a chef suggests pairing it with French fries (yes, really)

A famed bartender gives us her best martini recipe
Ribs cooking in the oven

How to cook ribs in the oven: A step-by-step guide

Can you cook ribs in the oven? Yes, you can. But wait, do ribs taste good when cooked in the oven? They sure do. Learn how with this guide.
Tecate skirt steak tacos

When it comes to international barbecue, Mexican BBQ reigns supreme

The richness of Mexican cuisine is unparalleled. Keep reading to learn more about it.
Granny Smith apples in a bowl on a table.

Fall dessert recipes: Apple bread pudding and more (apples)

Here are a few the best fall dessert recipes you need to make now.
Anto beef selection

NYC restaurant offers an inside look at the exclusive world of high-end Korean BBQ

While incredibly varied, few restaurants showcase the fine-dining potential of Korean BBQ. At Anto Korean Steakhouse, Chef Luke Yoon changes that dynamic.
wood-fire pizza on board

Elevate your pizza night: A mixology expert reveals how to choose the right cocktail pairings

Instead of wine and beer, try pairing pizza with an amazing cocktail. From the classic Negroni to spicy mezcal, cocktail expert Jason Hedges breaks it down.
Balvanera restaurant food

The ultimate guide to Argentinian barbecue, according to an expert

Learn all about making perfect Argentinian grilled meats, one of the most delicious barbecue styles in the world and the side dishes to go with it.
margherita pizza at heritage

Meet the pizza restaurant experimenting with ancient grains (spoiler alert: it’s delicious)

In New York, a city with an enormous array of pizza restaurants, Heritage Grand Restaurant and Pizza Bar is doing something unique — promoting ancient grains.
Genesis house Korean food

NYC’s Genesis House combines Korean food and luxury cars (and it totally works)

Part luxury car showroom, part Korean fine-dining restaurant, Genesis House NYC is a multi-faceted expression of Korean culture worthy of a visit.
Doner Haus chicken pide

Doner kebab is the delicious late-night munchie you have to try

While sausages are popular in Germany, the doner kebab reigns supreme as a fast-casual favorite. To guide us, Döner Haus in NYC breaks down this beloved food.
Nice Manners cocktail

This frozen strawberry rhubarb cocktail is the perfect summer drink

Few summer cocktails are more refreshing than an icy frozen drink. Read on as Ash Haussermann of Boulton & Watt shares their favorite frozen cocktail recipe.
halibut tail on table.

A professional chef reveals the secrets of wood-fire cooking

For amazing food, nothing beats a wood-fired oven. For an in-depth guide, Chef Ed Cotton of Jack & Charlie No. 118 guides us on the art of the wood fire.
Benjamin porterhouse whole.

The iconic Benjamin Steakhouse shares its best meat cooking tips

Interested in learning steak cooking tips from a top steakhouse? Benjamin Steakhouse of New York is here to share its best industry tips.
Two Aquavit cocktails.

The drink trend Aquavit’s head bartender says you’re sleeping on

For Scandinavian cocktails, few places have more expertise than two Michelin-starred Aquavit. Read on as head bartender Jeff Arnold takes us on a guide.
The Billionaire’s Row.

Introducing The Billionaire’s Row, the $100 specialty cocktail that’ll have you feeling rich

Looking for a decadent cocktail? Try The Billionaire's Row at Darling, a rooftop bar in NYC. This $100 cocktail will leave you feeling on top of the world.
Fogo de Chao picanha tableside

What to know about Brazilian BBQ, a delicious meat marathon

From succulent picanha to fatty pork, Brazilian BBQ restaurants are a meat marathon and guaranteed to scratch the itch of any carnivore.

Hamburger expert George Motz walks us through how to cook the perfect hamburger

The great American burger actually requires a lot of culinary techniques. In this article, George Motz shows us how to make the perfect burger.