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Letter of Recommendation: Caceroladas

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A protest in Buenos Aires in 2002.

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As long as there has been metallic cookware, people have probably been banging on it. In Spain, where I live, the cacerolada — or the banging of pots and pans together, a word that translates roughly as “casseroling” — is an increasingly popular form of protest. The sound comes on gradually, tapping and clanking, at first a tentative rat-tat-tat from somewhere down the street. Word spreads at the speed of Twitter, and the sound bursts forth from balcony after balcony, multiplying like aluminum wildfire down avenues and alleys. Patterns emerge: rapid-fire tattoos, son clave rhythms, the “shave and a haircut” riff. They pile up in a cacophony of soup spoons against copper pots, lids against lids, high-pitched pings and basso thwacks. Cars honk their horns in solidarity; chanting voices join in. Down on the street, a man walking his dog claps his hands in rhythm; a woman jingles her keys. All of Barcelona feels connected by this web of din.

I don’t remember what was being protested the first time I witnessed a cacerolada, but I have a visceral recollection of the sound. I write about music for a living, and my tastes run toward styles that emphasize pulse and noise: minimalist techno, ambient drones, all manner of metallic abstraction. Hearing it rippling through the windows was as though the avant-garde records I tend to champion had been unleashed in the streets and blown up to larger-than-life size, in some kind of wild, Borgesian transmutation. It felt like a vindication of my tastes, as if the universe had handed me the aux cord and invited me to throw on whatever I liked: Lou Reed’s “Metal Machine Music,” Balinese gamelan, African drumming — maybe even all three at once.

But caceroladas are not meant to be aesthetic experiences; they are expressions of popular indignation. There is something primal in this particular ritual too; similar traditions, like the public shamings known as charivari, or “rough music,” date back to at least the Middle Ages in Europe, and maybe longer. Throughout Latin America, where they are also called cacerolazos, they have been a favorite outlet for public discontent since at least the 1980s. They have been common in Spain since 2003, when they were mobilized to register opposition to the looming war in Iraq. Recently, here in Barcelona, caceroladas have been a regular occurrence in the long, drawn-out battle between the Catalan separatist movement and the Spanish central government. At first, as a foreigner, I declined to take part in the nightly protests. But after the violence of the Oct. 1 independence referendum, in which the national police broke up the voting in a shocking display of force, I joined in. This was no longer merely a protest in favor of regional self-determination; it was a cry for basic dignity.

Anyone who has ever sung in a school choir or banged out “Louie Louie” in a garage band knows the gut-level joy of shaping sound with other people. It is all the more thrilling when your bandmate is the grandmother from the apartment next door, who is attacking her frying-pan lids as though they were crash cymbals. Banging away on my balcony, I had a flashback to my college days, when we used to observe a tradition known as the Primal Scream. The midnight before finals began, everyone would gather in the quad, or throw open their dorm windows, and shout themselves hoarse. Something about that release of energy had the effect of focusing the mind and honing the spirit. Participating in a cacerolada is no different.

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I have begun to wish desperately that Americans might consider importing the tradition. True, there are hurdles. The United States is a largely suburban nation, while caceroladas are optimized for urban settings. But the benefits are numerous. The elderly, children and people with disabilities can easily take part, and virtually everyone has a pot and a wooden spoon. As forms of protest go, the cacerolada is as egalitarian as it gets.

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Thermador Elevates the Luxury Cooking Experience with the All …

IRVINE, CA–(Marketwired – November 14, 2017) –

  • Thermador launched the groundbreaking Liberty™ Induction Cooktop, an exceptionally innovative luxury appliance that provides more means of control, movement and personalization
  • Thermador-exclusive features such as HeatShift™ and MoveMode™ offer unmatched versatility and ultimate precision
  • Boasting a sleek, modern aesthetic, the striking cooktop features a new beveled glass design that allows for a variety of options for kitchen customization

Thermador, the iconic American luxury home appliance brand, is taking cooking to unimagined heights with the launch of the all-new, exceptionally innovative Liberty™ Induction Cooktop. With 36 inches of cooking space, cooks are empowered to take advantage of greater space and versatility in placing larger cookware on the surface. Demonstrating the ultimate in innovation and power, the cooktop delivers even greater control, flexibility and performance in the kitchen. It is equipped with an unequaled collection of industry-first features that allow the power cook to prepare for absolutely anything — from grand dinner parties to intimate meals.

“With the Liberty™ Induction Cooktop, Thermador has reimagined the possibilities of induction cooking, providing everything the luxury homeowner needs to take cooking and entertaining to the next level,” said Beatriz Sandoval, Director of Brand Marketing for Thermador. “From the intuitive power level control settings that automatically adjust when cookware is moved from one zone to another, to the beautiful beveled glass design that is as visually stunning as it is functional, the highly innovative cooktop makes an extraordinary statement in every way.”

The cooktop features 11 oval inductors divided into 3 cooking zones, with each zone able to accommodate pots and pans from 4 inches to 10 inches, as well as teppanyaki grills that can measure up to 16 inches long. Each zone allows cooks to feel empowered to create a unique meal with recipes that require different pan sizes, temperatures and cook times. Offering more means of control, movement and personalization, the cooktop boasts a variety of Thermador-exclusive features:

  • HeatShift™ allows you to control the induction power level simply by moving your cookware, with the cooktop automatically adjusting the heat when a pot or pan is moved from one zone to another.
  • MoveMode™ permits the easy transfer of settings when moving cookware from one position to another across the cooktop by individually recalling settings for each of your pots and pans.
  • CookSmart® offers 5 pre-set temperature levels to effortlessly pan fry a wide range of foods.
  • PanBoost delivers technology that provides 30 seconds of maximum power, then automatically lowers heat to continue cooking.
  • Stopwatch Timer counts upward rather than counting down to indicate how much time has passed since a meal has begun cooking.
  • Touch Control is an illuminated panel that features 17 highly precise power settings.

The Liberty™ Induction Cooktop stands out amongst a remarkable array of Thermador cooktops that offer ultra-fast heating and unbeatable precision for even the most challenging of recipes. Boasting a beautifully integrated design, the cooktop is available with or without frames, and in a Titanium Gray glass and soon-to-be released Silver Mirror glass. With its new beveled glass design, the glass cooktop exudes a sleek, modern look, and sits seamlessly on top of a stainless steel frame — making it easier than ever to clean the area where the glass and the stainless steel meet. With a combination of incomparable performance and an appealing design aesthetic, the Liberty™ Induction Cooktop affords power users the luxury to cook without limits.

For more information about the Liberty™ Induction Cooktop, please visit the Thermador website.

About Thermador
Born from the philosophy of never settling for the status quo, Thermador has redefined the kitchen for more than 100 years. The iconic line of cooking, cleaning, refrigeration and ventilation products remains committed to empowering Culinary Impressives with the tools they need to transform the kitchen into a seamless continuation of their exceptional lives. Throughout its history, Thermador has introduced innovative breakthroughs — from the world’s first wall ovens and gas cooktops with the patented Star® Burner, to the Freedom® Induction Cooktop, the first full-surface induction appliance, as well as the Freedom® Collection, the first modular built-in fresh food, freezer and wine preservation columns.

Thermador is part of BSH Home Appliances Corporation, a fully owned subsidiary of BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, the largest manufacturer of home appliances in Europe and the second leading company in the industry worldwide. For more information, visit www.thermador.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at: www.facebook.com/thermador, @Thermador and @ThermadorHome, respectively.

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Le Creuset and Disney to Release Snow White-Themed Cookware

This month, Le Creuset has teamed up with Disney yet again to expand their repertoire of covetable crockery. Snow White fans take note: The kitchenware company will release two limited-edition cocottes molded in the shape of the evil queen’s poisonous apple, The Kitchn reports.

These non-toxic but no less juicy cocottes (which most of us call dutch ovens) will come in two sizes. The larger retails for $230 while the smaller can be bought for a more budget-friendly $55. Both come with a tea towel printed with characters from the movie and a Snow White-branded charm.

Le Creuset has been killing it in the kitchenware game lately. In September, everyone’s favorite dutch oven maker released a very ‘grammable line of Millennial Pink pots and pans. And earlier this year, they teamed up with Disney and Williams-Sonoma to offer a Beauty and the Beast-themed cobalt blue cast iron pot inscribed with “Be Our Guest.” It did so well that they had to make another one, this time in the style of Belle’s famous yellow ball gown.

Unfortunately, if you’re not crazy about Beauty and the Beast or Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, it might be a while before you see any cookware themed after your favorite Disney movie. The Beauty and the Beast line was announced in honor of the tale as old as time’s live-action remake, while the Snow White cocottes will commemorate the 80th birthday of Disney’s first princess.

Once you get that dutch oven, here’s how to take care of it:

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5 Home Organization Ideas That Are Also Gorgeous | realtor.com®

Home organization is essential to, well, being able to find stuff … but is it beautiful? Not so much. If you’re tired of being told to stash your possessions in clunky storage bins, then you’ll definitely want to check out a new book out this week, titled “Remodelista: The Organized Home.”

Remodelista, a home decor site launched 10 years ago by Julie Carlson (and now part of the realtor.com corporate family) has attracted a devoted fan base with its minimalist, classic approach to remodeling and home design. This book (the third, in addition to “Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home” and “Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces“), hones in on organizing the home in an aesthetically pleasing way. Yes, it can be done!

“Amid all the advice about paring down to the essentials, no one was addressing how to arrange your things in a way that’s not only practical but beautiful,” Carlson says.


“Remodelista: The Organized Home” is a compendium for the ultimate tidy home.

©Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson and Margot Gurlanick, Artisan, 2017. Photos by Matthew Williams.

Best of all, these ideas are easy to put into practice—and they will come in particularly handy now that the holidays are right around the corner. In the interest of achieving serenity in your home before the madness of the holidays ensues, here are five organizational tips the team at Remodelista swears by.

1. Group kitchen sink essentials on a tray


Keep small kitchen items looking organized by arranging them on a tray.

©Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson and Margot Gurlanick, Artisan, 2017. Photos by Matthew Williams

The smartest organizational solutions are often the simplest, as evidenced by this genius tip: Corral stove-side essentials like a bottle of olive oil, wooden spoons, and spice dispensers on a tray, to make your counter look more pulled together. “We think trays are the basic building blocks for order in the house,” says Carlson, who uses them everywhere: whether on the kitchen counter or in the bedroom, bathroom, or entryway. Aside from their ability to bring “visual order” in any cluttered area, they’re also portable and easy to clean.

2. Keep pot lids in place with a tension rod from the hardware store


A simple dowel will help keep pot lids from getting mixed up with other cookware.

©Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson and Margot Gurlanick, Artisan, 2017. Photos by Matthew Williams

Tired of hearing the clang of metal cookware every time you’re trying to find a lid for your saucepan? Secure a tension rod at the front of your drawer to keep those lids from rolling around. “We love the idea of using spring-loaded tension curtain rods inside cabinets,” Carlson says. If you keep your pots and pans in a cabinet instead of a drawer, the book also recommends putting Japanese metal towel rods on the door for the same purpose.

3. Be ready to throw a cocktail party at a moment’s notice


Hosting a get-together on the fly will never be stressful again if your biggest task is to pull out a tray with your “Instant Cocktail Party” kit.

©Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson and Margot Gurlanick, Artisan, 2017. Photos by Matthew Williams

When friends ask “Your place or mine?” you can now feel confident inviting them over for an impromptu cocktail party by having everything you’ll need (save for a good bottle of wine) in place, ready to go. Reserve one drawer in your kitchen or side table for entertaining essentials like flatware, pre-rolled cloth napkins, a corkscrew, candles, and matches. That way, the only challenge you’ll have to tackle with guests is “Red or white?”

4. Be smart when organizing your closet


Leave a decent amount of space between hangers

©Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson and Margot Gurlanick, Artisan, 2017. Photos by Matthew Williams

Investing in matching nonwire hangers will pay off in the long run—we promise. According to the book, matching hangers will allow you to fit more items in and make your closet look much tidier. On that note, you should also resist the urge to cram the hangers together. Your clothes will hang better (aka wrinkle less) if you leave a gap of about three fingers between each garment.

The book also advises grouping clothes according to type, color, and length, so you can scan your wardrobe with ease. This will be especially handy when you’re running late because you hit the snooze button one too many times. Another time-saving trick? Make a section for empty hangers, so you’ll always know where to look when you have to hang something up.

5. Organize your fridge for maximum efficiency


The secret of an organized refrigerator is thinking like a foodie and paying attention to how your food is stored.

©Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson and Margot Gurlanick, Artisan, 2017. Photos by Matthew Williams

Store like items together and keep them in designated areas. For example, keep meat and produce near the bottom (the coldest part of the fridge), beverages on the top shelf, condiments in the door shelves, and leftovers at eye height, so you’ll be less inclined to forget them.

Another smart solution is practicing the “Last in, first out” rule. It’s a tactic used at grocery stores that ensures that the items that need to be used up first—like milk or leftovers that tend to expire quickly—are easily accessible.

And if you can, try to commit to cleaning out your fridge once a week, which is bound to inspire a kitchen-sink meal or two, from a frittata to a big salad.

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Thermador Elevates the Luxury Cooking Experience with the All-New Liberty(TM) Induction Cooktop

IRVINE, CA–(Marketwired – November 14, 2017) –

  • Thermador launched the groundbreaking Libertyâ„¢ Induction Cooktop, an exceptionally innovative luxury appliance that provides more means of control, movement and personalization
  • Thermador-exclusive features such as HeatShiftâ„¢ and MoveModeâ„¢ offer unmatched versatility and ultimate precision
  • Boasting a sleek, modern aesthetic, the striking cooktop features a new beveled glass design that allows for a variety of options for kitchen customization

Thermador, the iconic American luxury home appliance brand, is taking cooking to unimagined heights with the launch of the all-new, exceptionally innovative Libertyâ„¢ Induction Cooktop. With 36 inches of cooking space, cooks are empowered to take advantage of greater space and versatility in placing larger cookware on the surface. Demonstrating the ultimate in innovation and power, the cooktop delivers even greater control, flexibility and performance in the kitchen. It is equipped with an unequaled collection of industry-first features that allow the power cook to prepare for absolutely anything — from grand dinner parties to intimate meals.

“With the Libertyâ„¢ Induction Cooktop, Thermador has reimagined the possibilities of induction cooking, providing everything the luxury homeowner needs to take cooking and entertaining to the next level,” said Beatriz Sandoval, Director of Brand Marketing for Thermador. “From the intuitive power level control settings that automatically adjust when cookware is moved from one zone to another, to the beautiful beveled glass design that is as visually stunning as it is functional, the highly innovative cooktop makes an extraordinary statement in every way.”

The cooktop features 11 oval inductors divided into 3 cooking zones, with each zone able to accommodate pots and pans from 4 inches to 10 inches, as well as teppanyaki grills that can measure up to 16 inches long. Each zone allows cooks to feel empowered to create a unique meal with recipes that require different pan sizes, temperatures and cook times. Offering more means of control, movement and personalization, the cooktop boasts a variety of Thermador-exclusive features:

  • HeatShiftâ„¢ allows you to control the induction power level simply by moving your cookware, with the cooktop automatically adjusting the heat when a pot or pan is moved from one zone to another.
  • MoveModeâ„¢ permits the easy transfer of settings when moving cookware from one position to another across the cooktop by individually recalling settings for each of your pots and pans.
  • CookSmart® offers 5 pre-set temperature levels to effortlessly pan fry a wide range of foods.
  • PanBoostâ„¢ delivers technology that provides 30 seconds of maximum power, then automatically lowers heat to continue cooking.
  • Stopwatch Timer counts upward rather than counting down to indicate how much time has passed since a meal has begun cooking.
  • Touch Control is an illuminated panel that features 17 highly precise power settings.

The Libertyâ„¢ Induction Cooktop stands out amongst a remarkable array of Thermador cooktops that offer ultra-fast heating and unbeatable precision for even the most challenging of recipes. Boasting a beautifully integrated design, the cooktop is available with or without frames, and in a Titanium Gray glass and soon-to-be released Silver Mirror glass. With its new beveled glass design, the glass cooktop exudes a sleek, modern look, and sits seamlessly on top of a stainless steel frame — making it easier than ever to clean the area where the glass and the stainless steel meet. With a combination of incomparable performance and an appealing design aesthetic, the Libertyâ„¢ Induction Cooktop affords power users the luxury to cook without limits.

For more information about the Libertyâ„¢ Induction Cooktop, please visit the Thermador website.

About Thermador
Born from the philosophy of never settling for the status quo, Thermador has redefined the kitchen for more than 100 years. The iconic line of cooking, cleaning, refrigeration and ventilation products remains committed to empowering Culinary Impressives with the tools they need to transform the kitchen into a seamless continuation of their exceptional lives. Throughout its history, Thermador has introduced innovative breakthroughs — from the world’s first wall ovens and gas cooktops with the patented Star® Burner, to the Freedom® Induction Cooktop, the first full-surface induction appliance, as well as the Freedom® Collection, the first modular built-in fresh food, freezer and wine preservation columns.

Thermador is part of BSH Home Appliances Corporation, a fully owned subsidiary of BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, the largest manufacturer of home appliances in Europe and the second leading company in the industry worldwide. For more information, visit www.thermador.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at: www.facebook.com/thermador, @Thermador and @ThermadorHome, respectively.

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Daily Deal: This Nontoxic, Non-Stick Cookware Set Is 63% Off On Amazon

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The Gotham Steel set comes with most everything you need to prep your Thanksgiving feast—two oven-safe frying pans, a 5-quart pot with a steamer, two saucepans, and four tempered glass lids.

Make the best pan-fried tofu with this easy how-to video:

The best part? The oven-safe, non-stick titanium/ceramic coating doesn’t contain harmful chemicals like PFOA, which can cause heart disease and even cancer. Plus, it’s a breeze to clean.

If you’re already dreading Thanksgiving cooking, do yourself a favor and stock up with this inexpensive, easy-to-clean Gotham Steel set.

It also makes a great gift for all the cooks in your life. Once you’ve got them taken care of, you can move on to gift shopping for tweens, essential oils enthusiasts, and men who already seem to have everything. Because as you know, nothing sneaks up faster than the holidays.

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5 Home Organization Ideas That Are Also Gorgeous (Bye-Bye, Storage Bins)

Home organization is essential to, well, being able to find stuff … but is it beautiful? Not so much. If you’re tired of being told to stash your possessions in clunky storage bins, then you’ll definitely want to check out a new book out this week, titled “Remodelista: The Organized Home.”

Remodelista, a home decor site launched 10 years ago by Julie Carlson (and now part of the realtor.com corporate family) has attracted a devoted fan base with its minimalist, classic approach to remodeling and home design. This book (the third, in addition to “Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home” and “Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces“), hones in on organizing the home in an aesthetically pleasing way. Yes, it can be done!

“Amid all the advice about paring down to the essentials, no one was addressing how to arrange your things in a way that’s not only practical but beautiful,” Carlson says.


“Remodelista: The Organized Home” is a compendium for the ultimate tidy home.

©Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson and Margot Gurlanick, Artisan, 2017. Photos by Matthew Williams.

Best of all, these ideas are easy to put into practice—and they will come in particularly handy now that the holidays are right around the corner. In the interest of achieving serenity in your home before the madness of the holidays ensues, here are five organizational tips the team at Remodelista swears by.

1. Group kitchen sink essentials on a tray


Keep small kitchen items looking organized by arranging them on a tray.

©Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson and Margot Gurlanick, Artisan, 2017. Photos by Matthew Williams

The smartest organizational solutions are often the simplest, as evidenced by this genius tip: Corral stove-side essentials like a bottle of olive oil, wooden spoons, and spice dispensers on a tray, to make your counter look more pulled together. “We think trays are the basic building blocks for order in the house,” says Carlson, who uses them everywhere: whether on the kitchen counter or in the bedroom, bathroom, or entryway. Aside from their ability to bring “visual order” in any cluttered area, they’re also portable and easy to clean.

2. Keep pot lids in place with a tension rod from the hardware store


A simple dowel will help keep pot lids from getting mixed up with other cookware.

©Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson and Margot Gurlanick, Artisan, 2017. Photos by Matthew Williams

Tired of hearing the clang of metal cookware every time you’re trying to find a lid for your saucepan? Secure a tension rod at the front of your drawer to keep those lids from rolling around. “We love the idea of using spring-loaded tension curtain rods inside cabinets,” Carlson says. If you keep your pots and pans in a cabinet instead of a drawer, the book also recommends putting Japanese metal towel rods on the door for the same purpose.

3. Be ready to throw a cocktail party at a moment’s notice


Hosting a get-together on the fly will never be stressful again if your biggest task is to pull out a tray with your “Instant Cocktail Party” kit.

©Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson and Margot Gurlanick, Artisan, 2017. Photos by Matthew Williams

When friends ask “Your place or mine?” you can now feel confident inviting them over for an impromptu cocktail party by having everything you’ll need (save for a good bottle of wine) in place, ready to go. Reserve one drawer in your kitchen or side table for entertaining essentials like flatware, pre-rolled cloth napkins, a corkscrew, candles, and matches. That way, the only challenge you’ll have to tackle with guests is “Red or white?”

4. Be smart when organizing your closet


Leave a decent amount of space between hangers

©Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson and Margot Gurlanick, Artisan, 2017. Photos by Matthew Williams

Investing in matching nonwire hangers will pay off in the long run—we promise. According to the book, matching hangers will allow you to fit more items in and make your closet look much tidier. On that note, you should also resist the urge to cram the hangers together. Your clothes will hang better (aka wrinkle less) if you leave a gap of about three fingers between each garment.

The book also advises grouping clothes according to type, color, and length, so you can scan your wardrobe with ease. This will be especially handy when you’re running late because you hit the snooze button one too many times. Another time-saving trick? Make a section for empty hangers, so you’ll always know where to look when you have to hang something up.

5. Organize your fridge for maximum efficiency


The secret of an organized refrigerator is thinking like a foodie and paying attention to how your food is stored.

©Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson and Margot Gurlanick, Artisan, 2017. Photos by Matthew Williams

Store like items together and keep them in designated areas. For example, keep meat and produce near the bottom (the coldest part of the fridge), beverages on the top shelf, condiments in the door shelves, and leftovers at eye height, so you’ll be less inclined to forget them.

Another smart solution is practicing the “Last in, first out” rule. It’s a tactic used at grocery stores that ensures that the items that need to be used up first—like milk or leftovers that tend to expire quickly—are easily accessible.

And if you can, try to commit to cleaning out your fridge once a week, which is bound to inspire a kitchen-sink meal or two, from a frittata to a big salad.

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