Fee-For-Review vrs Vanity Review Overview

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Probably one of the most controversial topics still in the book publishing industry is the idea of an author (or publicist) paying for a review of their book. It’s an offshoot of the self-publishing versus publishing industry argument that comes from the old vanity presses of the past.

A vanity press, for the younger readers, was a publishing company that would charge an author for the entire print run of a book. The publisher might make attempts to sell the book, but their profit had already been taken in the print run of the book (and sometimes ongoing storage fees of the unsold books). The publisher often kept rights to the book, provided little to no support (cover design, marketing, etc.), or charged excessive fees for those services...

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A New Cookbook Takes Us Deep Into the World of the Instant Pot

A few years back, in that now-forgotten time before Instant Pots were a thing, I reviewed an electric pressure cooker and struggled mightily with it. It was supposed to be a safe, fast way to speed up cooking and promised to make slow-cooker style dinners appear in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, stovetop pressure cooker cookbooks didn't really work for their slightly-less-powerful electric counterparts, and this one came with a mini-cookbook with recipes that tended to flop.

Flash forward to last fall when Instant Pot Mania was in full swing and I put the company's Ultra cooker (a souped up version of their classic Duo) at the top of my Christmas list. Once I popped it out of the box, though, I quickly realized that sub-par manuals and not-so-great included recipes are par for the course.

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Why You Should Never, Ever Drain Your Pasta In The Sink

If you drain your pasta water through a colander and down the sink, you’re throwing away an invaluable asset that cooks call “liquid gold.”

(The term “liquid gold” has also been used to refer to wood cleaner, hair products and of course, urine. For the love of God, please don’t confuse pasta water with any of these.)

Because pasta is made of flour, it releases starch into the cooking water as it boils, creating a white, cloudy liquid that we often deem “dirty” and then dump down the sink.

Big mistake. That’s the liquid gold we’re talking about.

Why would you want to keep that cloudy liquid, you may ask? Because it’ll help emulsify and thicken your sauce. Now you’re probably wondering, “But why would I want to emulsify my sauce? Who even cares?”

Emulsification makes a difference,...

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Gun maker Remington files for bankruptcy

Firearms manufacturer Remington Outdoor Company has filed for bankruptcy protection in the face of falling sales and lawsuits stemming from the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday night.

According to the Journal, Remington announced that it would file for Chapter 11 last month but the actual filing was delayed after the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. that killed 17 people.

The paper reported that Remington officials plan to hand over the reins to its creditors in exchange for writing off most of the company’s debt...

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The Creepy-Crawly Reason You Should Take A Close Look At Your Paprika

Don’t bug out, but you really should give your paprika a closer look before you toss it into your next recipe. It could be totally fine, but it could also be a cozy home to a colony of insects.

There are all sorts of pantry pests that can invade your kitchen. You may have heard about flour beetles that eat their way out of bags of flour and multiply by the hundreds. (I once returned from Thanksgiving vacation to find this delightful surprise in my kitchen.) You’ll also find insects in spices, and among the most susceptible to insect manifestation are pepper-based spices like paprika, cayenne and chili powder.

Many cooks know the horror of opening a jar of paprika to find it moving. Sometimes the culprits are tiny black bugs, while other times it’s little worms (more on that below)...

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5 Weird Realities Of Composing Music For Movies And Ads

If you don’t think professional composers are important, observe the grand ending of Star Wars with John Williams’ score removed:

Creating background music specifically designed to manipulate your emotions is a job that’s both harder and weirder than you’d probably think. We talked to composers John Keltonic, Jonathan David Russell, and Thomas O’Boyle, who told us how …

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A Two-Note Chime Can Take A Ridiculous Amount Of Effort

You’ll probably hear a hundred electronic tones today from various gadgets — your phone, your car, your microwave — and never thought about the poor bastards behind the scenes who obsessed over getting those tones just right...

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3D-printed pixelated sushi is the only kind of sushi that matters now

Sushi looks even tastier when it's pixelated.
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What’s better than delicious sushi? How about 3D-printed sushi that looks like it belongs in an 8-bit video game?

At SXSW, Open Meals showed off a “Pixel Food Printer” that 3D prints edible pixelated sushi. It’s some real next-level #foodstagram stuff.

The guys at Open Meals want to do for food what Apple did for digital music: make it easy to download — or in this case “teleport” — food from anywhere in the world.

Food Base is basically the iTunes of 3D printable food.

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To achieve this, they’ve created two key components...

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Where do the locals go in Istanbul?

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Istanbul has a special place in human history, sitting metaphorically and physically between the East and West. At one point it was the capital city of both the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, and the key to trade and cultural dominance. Once called Constantinople, today Istanbul offers a glimpse into ancient history and modern sensibilities. Famous for its mix of ancient mosques and Cathedrals, textiles, and food, travellers can get lost in history or seek out experiences unique to the Middle Eastern-European vibe.  

We’ve rounded up the best places to see in Istanbul that you won’t find in a travel guide. 

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THINGS TO DO

For couples: Known for its boutiques, Istanbul is where you’ll find that unique souvenir for your friends or family. Sevan Bicakci’s st...

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10+ Sexy Pasta Dishes We Definitely Want To Marry

Warning: Do not scroll if hungry.

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    Spaghetti Carbonara

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    Squash Agnolotti With Porcini Mushroom Sauce

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    Spaghetti and Meatballs

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    Cavatelli With Hot Sausage, Sage, and Brown Butter

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    Pan Fried Gnocchi With Pumpkin and Spinach

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    Rigatoni With Caramelized Fennel And Shallots

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    Baked Ziti

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    Black Spaghetti With Rock Shrimp & Spicy Soppresatta

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    Shrimp Alfredo Fettuccine

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    Spaghetti With Pesto Sauce

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This McDonalds has a second level for cooking and then sends your order down via a lift

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School anti-obesity plans ‘don’t work’

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Image caption Children were encouraged to do an extra 30 minutes of exercise every day

School programmes encouraging children to take more exercise and eat healthily are unlikely to have any real effect on childhood obesity, a study in the British Medical Journal suggests.

More than 600 primary school pupils in the West Midlands took part in a 12-month anti-obesity programme.

But the study found no improvements in the children’s diet or activity levels.

Public health officials said they were working with industry to make food healthier.

And they said a sugar reduction programme and the government’s sugar tax would help to tackle childhood obesity.

The researchers, from the University of Birmingham, said families, communities and the food industry pr...

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