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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.

Person pouring a line of shots in a bar

How many shots are in a handle of liquor? We’ll walk you through it

Here are some helpful ways to figure out how many handles you and your buddies will need for your next drinking party.
KOW steak tomahawks

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

Friends playing drinking card game

The best drinking card games to beat the winter blues

Man using smartphone while preparing food in the kitchen

The best recipe apps to channel your inner chef

Wines available on Delta Airlines.

This popular wine doesn’t taste great mid-flight (and more secrets that Delta Airlines’ sommelier revealed)

Frozen grapes on a vine

What is ice wine and why is it so special?

Make shopping easy: The best gifts for men (no matter what he’s into)

Parmesan cheese

How (and why) parmesan, pecorino romano, gruyere, and asiago cheeses may help with digestive issues

A family using the Ninja Creami Ice Cream Maker on their kitchen counter.

Ninja CREAMi Ice Cream Maker is $30 off, delivered before Christmas

A pint of stout at the bar

These are the 12 best stout options to unwind in winter with

Man outside holding a cut head of lettuce

Romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce, and more: Science says one is actually the healthiest choice

The Macallan

The Macallan releases a limited-edition single malt scotch perfect for holiday gatherings

Eggnog French toast

This eggnog French toast recipe may be your new holiday breakfast favorite (it’s definitely ours)

A french toast recipe perfect for the holidays! Grab your eggnog and get ready for some incredible french toast.
A chocolate peppermint martini cocktail

3 batch drink recipes perfect for the holidays: Moscow mule, martini, and good ol’ spiked punch

Make life easy on yourself this holiday season with our Moscow mule, martini, and spiked punch batch cocktail recipes.
Apollo lotus mixing bowls

The best food gifts for an amateur chef: Cookbooks, Caraway cookware, and more

Foodies can be a handful and really hard to shop for. Here are the best gifts guaranteed to please them.
Avocado cut in half

Weight loss while eating more fat – Here’s how it works

Can you realize weight loss while still eating fat? Yes! Here's how it works, and some advice to follow
Left Hand

Beer news: Left hand Brewing introduces Belgian White Nitro, the world’s first bottled wheat beer with nitrogen

This 4.8% ABV wheat beer is creamy, smooth, and loaded with flavors and aromas like yeast, orange peel, and coriander.

The Irish Whiskey Awards named this the best Irish whiskey of the year (and they should know)

If you like Irish whiskey, you'll love these award-winning options.
blue agave

The best gifts for tequila and mezcal enthusiasts

Tequila and mezcal have risen in popularity, and make a great gift for good friends and acquaintances alike.
A vodka martini with olives

These are the best potato vodka options on the market

Potato vodka is the "healthiest" of vodkas, due to its gluten-free and sugar-free make. Here are a few savory, versatile vodkas that are worth a taste.
Red wine being poured into glass

The best red wine under $20: Our top picks

Red wine doesn't always have to be expensive to be delicious. These are some of the top red wines you can find under $20.
Estelle champagne coups

10 amazing gifts for the wine enthusiast in your life

Looking for the perfect gift for a wine enthusiast? From gadgets to wine gift baskets, these wine gifts will be a hit.

All-Clad kitchenware, GIR spatulas and more: The best kitchen gifts for anyone who lives at Williams Sonoma

Give the gift of cooking and baking with some of the best kitchenware presents for those who love to spend their time in the kitchen.
A Kuleana Rum Works sugarcane field.

It’s time to pay attention to Hawaiian rum — why this liquor should be on your bar cart

People don't think of rum when they think of the U.S., but that's changing thanks to a Hawaiian movement stressing sustainability and some quality distilling.
Powered stevia in a bowl

Is stevia bad for you? Everything you want to know about this popular sweetener

Stevia sometimes gets a bad rap. We'll break down its benefits, side effects, and more

Gin gift guide: Everything your favorite drink enthusiast needs to craft the perfect cocktail

High-quality gin (and the tools and accessories needed to make that perfect gin & tonic) make the perfect gift.

Whiskey gift guide: Give the present everyone wants this year

When it comes to holiday gift giving, you can't go wrong with whiskey. Check out these whiskies that make great stocking stuffers.
Thanksgiving dinner table at home.

The best Christmas beers to drink this holiday season

Santa would appreciate one of the best holiday beers of 2023 a lot more than cookies. Here are some of our favorites for season.
Glass of white wine

Wine 101: Everything you ever wanted to know about Riesling

Learn the secrets of a great Riesling wine. A wine that is typically a light-bodied beverage and very easy (sometimes too easy) to drink.
Freeze-dried strawberries on a slate counter

A guide to freeze dried food: 4 easy methods to preserve your produce

Freezing-drying is a great way to preserve groceries or garden produce. So, how do you freeze-dry food? Here is what you need to know.
winter squash flat lay with warm beverage

Winter squash — why RDs love it (and their favorite ways to eat it)

An RD tells us why winter squash is incredible, and we give some advice on the best ways to enjoy it

Beer 101: What’s the difference between an ale and a lager?

Know your beer! We dive into the similarities and differences between ale and lager
Pouring a cup of coffee.

Why does coffee make you poop? Science explains

Once that first sip of coffee hits, we start to feel the effects. Why does coffee make you poop and is it anything coffee lovers should be concerned about?
Beef stroganoff in a bowl

The perfect comfort food: Make this beef stroganoff recipe in just 30 minutes

For the ultimate comfort food that only takes 30 minutes to prepare, look no further than this recipe for easy beef stroganoff that tastes like it took all day.
Two bowls of bone broth.

Our bone broth recipe is embarrassingly easy and better than store-bought

This bone broth recipe is really easy, incredibly good, freezes well, and is cheaper (and better!) than store-bought
Schlafly Beer Nitro Irish Stout

Stout vs. porter: The real differences between the beers

Let's talk beer; Stout vs. porter to be exact. There is a difference and this is why.
Black cup of coffee next to pastry.

Why is mushroom coffee suddenly so popular? We’ll tell you

Mushroom coffee is suddenly really popular, but why? We go over its benefits and the most popular brands
Omni Grove Park Inn Gingerbread competition

This is what an award-winning gingerbread house looks like

Tis the season for gingerbread house decorating. Check out these award-winning designs to inspire your next holiday activity.
Jägermeister in a bottle next to a glass of it

Drambuie, Jagermeister, Schnapps, and more – our after-dinner liqueur guide

Drambuie, Jagermeister, Schnapps — the list of liqueurs is seemingly endless, but we'll help you find the best ones.
Baked roasted hasselback chicken stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach

10 delicious weight loss meals that are 300 calories or less

Calorie deficits are an important part of any weight loss plan. These 10 meals are all under 300 calories.
White wine glass tip

Wine 101: Everything you ever wanted to know about chardonnay

Everything you ever wanted to know about Chardonnay - where it's from, why it's great, and more

This ravioli recipe hack is 100% inauthentic but makes homemade ravioli 100% easier

Homemade ravioli is incredible, but difficult. Most people won't follow an authentic ravioli recipe, but this hack makes it much simpler.
Chattanooga Whiskey

This newly released ‘rare’ single barrel whiskey is a limited edition – and less than $50 per bottle

Limited edition single barrel whiskey fior less than $50
mediterranean diet benefits study meal including greek salad  seven grain salmon and blueberries concept

A new study says the Mediterranean diet is good for more than just weight loss

The Mediterranean Diet has long been known for health benefits related to weight loss, but a new study has found that it can also be good for your mind.

The best imperial stout beer to drink this winter

These are the best imperial stout beer options for anyone who loves strong, dark beer.
baked sugar cookies for the holidays

A registered dietitian reveals the ingredient swaps that will keep your favorite Christmas cookies from ruining your weight loss goals

There's nothing wrong with holiday favorites, but these baking substitutes will let you eat those Christmas cookies while maintaining weight loss goals.
The Chef Show

The best food shows to stream on Netflix right now

Craving a new food series? We foraged through the Netflix catalog to find Taco Chronicles, The Chef Show, Street Food, Ugly Delicious, Nailed It!, and more.
whiskey Glass

This $80 bottle of straight bourbon whiskey just won an award as the best spirit in the South

Old Dominick Cask Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey just won an award as the best in the South - and it's only $80!
Egg nog

What to mix with eggnog: The ultimate guide to this seasonal drink

Eggnog is a classic holiday tradition with many variations. When it comes to what to mix with eggnog, this guide lays out all the options.
Man cutting ham in the kitchen

Oven, smoker, and more: The many different ways to cook your Christmas ham

Here's an informative look at how to cook a Christmas ham in the oven, slow cooker, over a campfire, and in a smoker.

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