Magazine article Sunset

New Year, New Factoids

Magazine article Sunset

New Year, New Factoids

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With every issue of Sunset, I refresh my store of what I call cocktail party facts: curious bits of knowledge-sometimes even useful-that I can't wait to share with someone else.

If you run into me at a party sometime this season, you might hear me spout off about the following: chicken stock Who knew, but the best and heartiest is made from boiling the leg bones only-with kelp (aka kombu) added for even more body. That one is thanks to food editor Margo True, who learned this while spending a week in the kitchen with the genius chefs of San Francisco's Bar Tartine (you'll read that story in an upcoming issue).

TRUFFLE DOOS A good truffle-hunting canine can earn $150,000 a year. (Now if only my dog, Riley, would get with the program.) And did you know that dogs are not only just as good at hunting truffles as pigs are-one-third of dogs' brains are devoted to the sense of smell, after all-but they also don't bite off your fingers the way pigs tend to? …

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