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John Maher

John Maher

Former Digital Trends Contributor

Born in Richmond, VA, Chef John Maher has over two decades of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. From cooking in and running Michelin-started kitchens, creating award-winning cocktail programs, and owning his groundbreaking restaurant and cocktail bar, Rogue, John is a master in his field. Having left the day-to-day restaurant industry in December, John is now a freelance food & drinks writer. He enjoys cooking dinner for his husband Drew, drinking lots of rosé, and watching reruns of Schitt's Creek. Please reach out to The Manual editorial staff with any questions or comments about John’s work.

A bartender stirs a cocktail in a mixing glass.

How to make a classic Manhattan (and several variations)

The Manhattan is a cocktail that's been around over 100 years. Here's how to make this classic drink.
Gin and tonic lime lemon rosemary

The 10 best gins for a refreshing gin and tonic

When it comes to refreshing gin and tonics, these are the spirits to reach for.
Man cleaning his stovetop

How to clean a stovetop: A step-by-step guide

Your kitchen is spotless, but your stovetop? It seems impossible to clean completely. Good thing we have the secret to cleaning your stovetop once and for all.
Freeze-dried strawberries on a slate counter

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

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Pouring whiskey

The 16 Best Rye Whiskey Brands Under $90 to Buy Now

Bourbon's spicier cousin is all the rage right now. Check out our list of the best rye whiskey under $90 and pick yourself up a bottle.

How to Grind Meat With a KitchenAid Stand Mixer

We walk you through the meat-grinding process with your KitchenAid stand mixer and attachment. It's easier than you think.
Roasted salmon with potatoes and salad

The Best Air Fryer Salmon Recipes in Less Than 20 Minutes

Is there anything you haven't cooked in your air fryer yet? You should test out these great air fryer salmon recipes. You won't regret it.
several varieties of summer squash in a bowl

The 9 Best Summer Squashes to Cook With This Summer

These are the best summer squashes you need to cook with this season. Learn what they are and how to cook with them.
A man making a smoked cocktail.

Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em: Tips on How to Add Smoke to Cocktails

Drinks and a show? Learn how to achieve impressive effects and flavors by turning classic drinks into smoked cocktails with a few simple gadgets and techniques.
A whole roasted chicken served on a plate

How To Perfectly Roast a Chicken at Home

Want to learn how to roast a chicken at home like a pro chef? We got you covered!

We Found Some of the Best Rums for a Daiquiri

We asked seasoned bar pros to tell us their favorite rums for daiquiris.
Pina Colada stand in Puerto Rico

The Piña Colada Should Be Your Summer Cocktail

The piña colada has become something of a tourist trap as of late but it's time to revive the fantastic tropical cocktail, and re-learn how to make it right.

How To Organize Your Pantry so it Actually Makes Sense

Keeping a poorly organized pantry is one of the greatest ways to rob yourself of time, grow frustrated several times a day, and likely waste food and money.
Freshly made pizza being taken out from the oven.

How To Clean a Pizza Stone in 5 Easy Steps

The pizza stone must be cleaned to maintain its natural finish. Here's everything you need to know -- from the must-haves to the step-by-step process.