best of 2013

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Best of 2013: Top 10 Posts on Vegan Foody!

So Delicious Online Cookbook

Favorite Recipe Roundup - July Edition

Favorite Recipe Roundup - June Edition

Bok Choy Skillet Supper

Sweet and Sticky Cashew Tofu

BBQ Cauliflower Salad

Zucchini Pasta with Creamy Avocado-Cucumber Sauce

Avocado-Caprese Sandwich with Pumpkin Seed-Cashew Cheese

Creamy Boozy Iced Coffee

17 Vegan Holiday Desserts and Drinks

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Best of 2013: Women of Color- Queens, Kings, Warleaders and Diplomats

This requested compilation ranges a bit further afield than is usual for this blog, in an attempt to bring you some of the lesser-known women of color from the history of warfare and politics.

Some of these links are external, and although Women’s History is a massively written-on topic, the work regarding the unique and particular contributions and achievements of women of color leave rather much to be desired. I encourage the addition of links, book recommendations, oral history, and any other materials my readers have found or would recommend to others.

Women of Color at the Medical College of Philadelphia, 1885

The Trung Sisters, Warleaders of Medieval Vietnam (more here)

Xipaguazin Moctezuma, Aztec Princess in Renaissance Europe

Dahomey’s Women Warriors of West Africa

Ching Shih, Possibly the Most Successful Pirate in History

Queen Charlotte of Great Britain and Ireland

Sorghaghtani Beki (Empress Xianyi Zhuangsheng), Minister of Trade and Daughter-In-Law to Genghis Khan

Dido Elizabeth Belle, Scottish Aristocrat

The Queen of Sheba

Khutulun, Wrestler Princess of Mongolia

Etruscan Warrior Prince “Really” A Princess (cissexism)

Chabi, Influential Wife of Khubilai Khan

Nakano Takeko, Japanese Warrior

Sacajawea, Adventurer and Diplomat

Xiang Fei, the Fragrant Concubine

Urraca of León and Castile, Empress of Spain

Woman Who Kills a Would-Be Rapist and is Presented with his Belongings

Hua Mulan

Stagecoach Mary Fields, Warrior of the West

Finds-Them-And-Kills-Them, Crow Warrior

Mandukhai Khatun, Queen Manduhai the Wise of Mongolia

Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies

Amina of Zaria, Military Mastermind and basis for Xena, Warrior Princess

Ishi-jo and the Onna Bugeisha, Samurai Women

Madame Loreta Janeta Velazquez, Otherwise Known as Lieutenant Harry T. Buford

The Katuns (Queens) of Mongolia

Empress Xiao Yanyan

Further Reading and Exploration:

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YOUR TOP ALBUMS OF 2013

Our monkeys worked long hours through the weekend to tally your votes, and the results show that Beyoncé’s album came out just in time. Here are the top 50 albums of 2013, as selected by you.

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1. Arctic Monkeys – AM

2. Beyoncé – Beyoncé

3. Lorde – Pure Heroine

4. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

5. Fall Out Boy – Save Rock & Roll

6. HAIM – Days Are Gone

7. One Direction – Midnight Memories

8. Arcade Fire – Reflektor

9. Paramore – Paramore

10. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

11. Kanye West – Yeezus

12. Lady Gaga –  Artpop

13. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience

14. Drake – Nothing Was The Same

15. Miley Cyrus – Bangerz

16. Phoenix – Bankrupt!

17. Disclosure – Settle

18. Tyler, The Creator – Wolf

19. Childish Gambino – Because the Internet

20. The National – Trouble Will Find Me

21. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

22. Foals – Holy Fire

23. Tegan & Sara – Heartthrob

24. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap

25. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris

26. A$AP Rocky – LONG.LIVE.A$AP

27. The Story So Far – What You Don’t See

28. Jay-Z – Magna Carta…Holy Grail

29. J. Cole – Born Sinner

30. The Wonder Years – The Greatest Generation

31. Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady

32. James Blake – Retrograde

33. Local Natives – Hummingbird

34. Laura Marling – Once I Was an Eagle

35. Charli XCX – True Romance

36. The Knife – Shaking the Habitual

37. The Lone Bellow – The Lone Bellow

38. Atoms For Peace – Amok

39. Bob Dylan – Another self portrait

40. AlunaGeorge – Body Music

41. Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe

42. Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines

43. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels

44. Deafheaven – Sunbather

45. CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe

46. Panic! At The Disco - Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die

47. Savages – Silence Yourself

48. My Bloody Valentine – m b v

49. Peace – In Love

50. Major Lazer – Free the Universe

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The 9 Best Television Episodes of 2013

Breaking Bad, Ozymandias (5.14): As a movie critic, I see well over 100 films a year, but it says something about the Rian Johnson directed episode of Breaking Bad that it was better than any movie I’ve seen this year. Or last. The episode took its name from the haunting, despairing poem from Percy Shelley, and the episode — which saw the death of one major character, and saw Walter White ruthlessly turn Todd against his own former partner, Jesse Pinkman — may well survive as long as Shelley’s sonnet. The words of Ozymandias — “Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair” — could have also been the thoughts of every other television showrunner looking upon Vince Gilligan’s finest episode in a series full of fine episodes. “Ozymandias” wasn’t just the best episode of television in 2013, it may well be the best episode of television we will ever see. — Dustin Rowles

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YOUR FAVORITE SONGS OF 2013

1. Do I Wanna Know – Arctic Monkeys

2. Royals – Lorde

3. My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘em Up) – Fall Out Boy

4. Get Lucky – Daft Punk

5. Still Into You – Paramore

6. Diane Young – Vampire Weekend

7. Falling – Haim

8. Drunk In Love – Beyonce

9. Tennis Court – Lorde

10. We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus

11. The Wire – HAIM

12. Reflektor – Arcade Fire

13. Black Skinhead – Kanye West

14. Hannah Hunt – Vampire Weekend

15. Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake

16. Step – Vampire Weekend

17. Afterlife – Arcade Fire

18. Forever – Haim

19. Bound 2 – Kanye West

20. My Number – Foals

21. New Slaves – Kanye West

22. F*ckin’ Problems – A$AP Rocky

23. Gun – CHVRCHES

24. Harlem – New Politics

25. Latch – Disclosure

26. Your Life is a Lie – MGMT

27. Song No. 5 – Haim

28. Honeymoon Avenue – Ariana Grande

29. There, There – The Wonder Years

30. When A Fire Starts To Burn – Disclosure

31. Worst Behavior – Drake

32. Come Walk With Me – M.I.A.

33. Lose Yourself to Dance – Daft Punk

34. Started From The Bottom – Drake

35. Body Party – Ciara

36. Pink Rabbits – The National

37. Here Comes The Night Time – Arcade Fire

38. Fade Away – We Came as Romans

39. Don’t Lie – Vampire Weekend

40. Sea Of Love – The National

41. Hold My Liquor – Kanye West

42. Furthest Thing – Drake

43. Better Days – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

44. Numbers on the Boards – Pusha T

45. Angels – A$AP Rocky

46. Easy Easy – King Krule

47. #beautiful – Mariah Carey feat. Miguel

48. Paranoia – Chance The Rapper (Listen here.)

49. Wild For The Night – A$AP Rocky & Skrillex

50. Burgundy – Earl Sweatshirt

51. Nosetalgia – Pusha T feat. Kendrick Lamar

52. Help Me Lose My Mind – Disclosure

53. Mason Jar – Smallpools

54. Alive – Empire of the Sun

55. Black Out Days – Phantogram

56. Versace – Migos

57. Shabba – A$AP Ferg

58. Sh!t – Future

59. Pumpin Blood – NONONO

60. Work Remix – A$AP Ferg

61. I Blame Myself – Sky Ferreira

62. Song for Zula – Phosphorescent

63. Let Nas Down – J. Cole

64. U.O.E.N.O – Rocko

65. Dip – Danny Brown

66. She Will – Savages

67. Need u (100%) – Duke Dumont / Mnek

68. Ghetto Symphony – A$AP Rocky

69. Humdrum Blues – The Growlers

70. You’re In Love – Betty Who

71. Ohm – Yo La Tengo

72. Wakin’ on a Pretty Day – Kurt Vile

73. Santa Monica – The Front Bottoms

74. Mute – Youth Lagoon

75. Recover (Cid Rim Remix) – Chvrches

Best of 2013 (Listen)

23 - Mike Will Made-It (feat. Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa & Juicy J) ∫ 2· Control - Big Sean (feat. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica) ∫ 3· Story Of My Life - One Direction ∫ 4· Dark Horse - Katy Perry (feat. Juicy J) ∫ 5· Venus - Lady Gaga ∫ 6· Better Together - Fifth Harmony ∫ 7· 3005 - Childish Gambino ∫ 8· The Phoenix - Fall Out Boy ∫ 9· Excuse My Rude - Jessie J (feat. Becky G) ∫ 10· Royals - Lorde ∫ 11· Mirrors - Justin Timberlake ∫ 12· Do My Thang - Miley Cyrus ∫ 13· Domo23 - Tyler the Creator ∫ 14· Fire - Big Sean ∫ 15· Confident - Justin Bieber (feat. Chance The Rapper) ∫ 16· Blow - Beyonce ∫ 17· I Been On/Bow Down - Beyonce ∫ 18· Move - Little Mix ∫ 19· Work (Remix) - A$AP Ferg (feat. A$AP Rocky, French Montana, SchoolBoy Q & Trinidad Jame$) ∫ 20· Berzerk - Eminem ∫ 21· My Darlin’ - Miley Cyrus (feat. Future) ∫ 22· HeadBand - B.o.B (feat. 2 Chainz) ∫ 23· Girls Love Beyonce - Drake (feat. James Fauntelroy) ∫ 24· Work - Iggy Azalea ∫ 25· Me & My Girls - Fifth Harmony ∫ 26· I Love It - Icona Pop (feat. Charli XCX) ∫ 27· Started From the Bottom - Drake ∫ 28· Im Out - Ciara (feat. Nicki Minaj) ∫ 29· Slow Down - Selena Gomez ∫ 30· Party - Beyonce (feat. André 3000) ∫ 31· All Me - Drake (feat. Big Sean & 2 Chainz) ∫ 32· Gangsta - Kat Dahlia ∫ 33· FU - Miley Cyrus ∫ 34· Ashtrays and Heartbreaks - Snoop Lion (feat. Miley Cyrus) ∫ 35· Recovery - Justin Bieber ∫ 36· Let Her Go - Passenger ∫ 37· Backpack - Justin Bieber (feat. Lil Wayne) ∫ 38· On My Own - Miley Cyrus ∫ 39· Burn - Ellie Goulding ∫ 40· Applause - Lady Gaga ∫ 41· I Hit It First - Ray J (feat. Bobby Brackins) ∫ 42· Run the World (Girls) - Beyonce ∫ 43· The Monster - Eminem (feat. Rihanna) ∫ 44· Do What U Want - Lady Gaga (feat. R Kelly) ∫ 45· Feeling Myself - Will.i.am (feat. Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa & French Montana) ∫ 46· Yoncé - Beyonce ∫ 47· Honeymoon Avenue - Ariana Grande ∫ 48· The Wire - HAIM ∫ 49· M.I.L.F - Big Sean (feat. Nicki Minaj & Juicy J) ∫ 50· How I Feel - Flo Rida ∫ 51· Real and True - Future (feat. Miley Cyrus & Mr. Hudson) ∫ 52· Bad Day - Justin Bieber ∫ 53· Brave - Sara Bareilles ∫ 54· Say Something - A Great Big World ∫ 55· Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke (feat. T.I. & Pharrell) ∫ 56· Clarity - Zedd ∫ 57· Evolution of Beyonce - Pentatonix ∫ 58· Wake Me Up - Avicii ∫ 59· Hive - Earl Sweatshirt (feat. Vince Staples & Casey Veggies) ∫ 60· All Around the World - Mindless Behavior ∫ 61· Fall Down - Will.i.am (feat. Miley Cyrus) ∫ 62· Fireman - Kat Dahlia ∫ 63· Just One Yesterday - Fall Out Boy (feat. Foxes) ∫ 64· Birthday - Selena Gomez ∫ 65· Human - Christina Perri ∫ 66· Bang Bang Bang - Mindless Behavior ∫ 67· Love Me - Lil Wayne (feat. Drake & Future) ∫ 68· Heart Attack - Demi Lovato ∫ 69· Troublemaker - Olly Murs ∫ 70· Almost is Never Enough - Ariana Grande & Nathan Sykes ∫ 71· What’s Hatnin’ - Justin Bieber (feat. Future) ∫ 72· Roller Coaster - Justin Bieber ∫ 73· Play It Again - Becky G) ∫ 74· Downtown - August Alsina (feat. Kidd Kidd) ∫ 75· Tennis Court - Lorde ∫ 76· My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) - Fall Out Boy ∫ 77· Fuckin’ Problem - A$AP Rocky (feat. 2 Chainz, Drake & Kendrick Lamar) ∫ 78· Red Nose - Sage The Gemini ∫ 79· You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You - James Arthur ∫ 80· Counting Stars - One Republic ∫ 81· Rap God - Eminem ∫ 82· Memphis - Justin Bieber (feat. Big Sean ∫ 83· Work Bitch - Britney Spears ∫ 84· I Luv This Shit - August Alsina (feat. Trinidad Jame$) ∫ 85· Change Your Life - Iggy Azalea (feat. T.I.) ∫ 86· Team - Lorde ∫ 87· Hold On, We’re Going Home - Drake (feat. Majid Jordan) ∫ 88· Gas Pedal (Remix) - Sage The Gemini (feat. Justin Bieber & IamSu) ∫ 89· Black Skinhead - Kanye West ∫ 90· Rich as Fuck - Lil Wayne (feat. 2 Chainz) ∫ 91· Give It 2 U - Robin Thicke (feat. Kendrick Lamar) ∫ 92· PartyIsntOver/Campfire/Bimmer - Tyler the Creator ∫ 93· Kisses Down Low - Kelly Rowland ∫ 94· Best Thing I Never Had - Beyonce ∫ 95· Young and Beautiful - Lana Del Rey ∫ 96· Crazy Kids - Ke$ha ∫ 97· Roar - Katy Perry ∫ 98· Sweatpants - Childish Gambino ∫ 99· Holy Grail - Jay-Z (feat. Justin Timberlake) ∫ 100· Show Me - Kid Ink (feat. Chris Brown) ∫ 101· Still Into You - Paramore ∫ 102· Bound 2 - Kanye West ∫ 103· Versace - Migos (feat. Drake) ∫ 104· Feds Watching - 2 Chainz (feat. Pharrell) ∫ 105· Get Lucky - Daft Punk (feat. Pharrell Williams) ∫ 106· Tom Ford - Jay-Z ∫ 107· Beautiful - Mariah Carey (feat. Miguel) ∫ 108· Timber - Pitbull (feat. Ke$ha) ∫ 109· Sweater Weather - The Neighbourhood ∫ 110· Pretty Brown Eyes - Cody Simpson ∫ 111· Best Song Ever - One Direction ∫ 112· Feel This Moment - Pitbull (feat. Christina Aguilera) ∫ 113· Suit & Tie - Justin Timberlake ∫ 114· Dirty Laundry - Kelly Rowland ∫ 115· Beware - Big Sean (feat. Lil Wayne & Jhene Aiko) ∫ 116· Keep Her On the Low - Mindless Behavior ∫ 117· Where U Been? - 2 Chainz (feat. Cap 1) ∫ 118· Wu-Tang Forever - Drake ∫

Photography by Reuters

March 5, 2013. A mouse climbs onto the back of a snake as it bites another mouse during the snake’s feeding time at a zoo in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. The mouse failed to stop the snake and was swallowed by another snake soon after, local media reported.

TIME Picks the Most Surprising Photos of 2013, a look back at a selection of underreported, improbable and astounding images that caught the attention of TIME’s photo editors.