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9 Kitchen Techniques Every Passionate Chef Must Master

Want to kick your kitchen game up a notch? Learn these nine techniques and watch as your food gets even more delicious.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you missed.

Ezra Pound's Kickstarter Plan for T.S. Eliot

the mag Paul Collins

T.S. Eliot was poised to be the top poet of his generation. But first he had to be rescued from his day job.

Weekend Links: Snowflake Close-Ups

Roma Panganiban

Lycra, the Fabric of Spacetime

Chris Higgins

12 Things You Might Not Know About A Christmas Story (Even Though You've Seen It 90 Times)

Stacy Conradt

Which Oscar-winning star wanted to play Ralphie's dad? Which actor went on to a seedy career in the adult film industry? Can you really get your tongue stuck to a metal pole?

Weekend Links: Experimenting with Babies

Roma Panganiban

New ISS Timelapse: "The World Outside My Window"

Chris Higgins

15 Fantastically Ugly Holiday Sweaters

Jill Harness

'Tis the season for fashionably questionable holiday garb.

Why Do We Use Fresh-Squeezed Citrus in Cocktails?

Clair McLafferty

Because the longer the juice is out of the fruit, the more bitter it gets.

9 Live Television Spectacles

Kate Erbland

It's not just The Sound of Music: Plenty of other large-scale live events have been piped into a TV near you over the past decades.

The Missing Links: For Those Who Love Kids

Colin Patrick

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

There Are 5 Types of Boredom

Meghan Holohan

Researchers have discovered that there are actually five different kinds—and most people tend to experience just one type of boredom throughout their lives.

What's the Best Opening Sentence Ever?

Jason English

On Fridays, I ask a series of unrelated questions. Reading your answers helps me get through the afternoon. Answer one, answer all, or ask your own question. On to this week's topics...