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  1. Sophisticated chocoholics know where to get their fix, and it has nothing to do with a trip to Pennsylvania. Those who take their cocoa as seriously as their wine have come to appreciate the...
  2. This is a good time to be an ambitious home cook. Twenty years ago, a gas cooktop with four individual burners was about as good as it got. These days, however, gas ranges might feature as many as...
  3. If it seems too much of a stretch to consider the workhorse vacuum cleaner as an art object, a walk through the recent exhibition A Century of Design, Part IV: 1975–2000 at New York’s Metropolitan...
  4. Time has stopped. The hurly-burly of modernity is far behind us as we sit on the terrace of our villa at the Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, Calif. The only sound is the muted whir of a distant golf...
  5. Chef Alain Ducasse, he of the six Michelin stars, defines great cuisine as “60 percent ingredients and 40 percent technique.” Assuming his equation is correct, this means that even the most talented...
  6. A scrub jay chirps as it soars overhead while I sit comfortably upright, immersed in the ancient practice of mindful meditation. “Notice the bird as it passes by,” offers instructor Linda Cammarata,...
  7. An appliance with a split personality seemed impossible until Whirlpool (800.253.1301, www.whirlpool.com ) introduced the Polara Refrigerated Range, which cooks—and then refrigerates—your food. The...
  8. The Four Seasons Hotel Boston (617.338.4400, www.fourseasons.com ), long renowned for its traditional afternoon tea, offers no milk, sugar, or lemon with its new Power Tea. Nor does it have scones,...
  9. Although Iceland is not readily associated with fine French cuisine, in this remote North Atlantic island nation, amid exquisite lava fields and gorgeous snowcapped mountains, gastronomes can find...
  10. Kitchens have become an American obsession. Homeowners are opening them to adjacent rooms, expanding them, outfitting them with luxurious materials, and equipping them with supercharged appliances...

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