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It’s Indian Pudding Season, Motherf***ers

McSweeneys and Colin Nissan, please don’t sue me. Ok, there’s no need to get aggressive, but I continue to believe that this dessert has not gotten its due. And while we mark Thanksgiving with a huge basin of this mess, … Continue reading

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Fasting and Feasting, The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray

Patience Gray dug in. She lived the life she wrote about–austere on Mediterranean islands–and connected the foodways she found to myth, history, and art. I return to her iconic book, Honey From a Weed for insight and example. I pull … Continue reading

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Mastering Stocks and Broths

Of all the items on the menu, soup is that which exacts the most delicate perfection and strictest attention. Escoffier I used throw chicken scraps and vegetable peelings in a pot, boil it, do a bit of skimming, and then … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Basement–Turkish Delights, A Cook Book

What is patriotism but the love of food we ate as children. –Lin Yutang I’ve used that quote too many times, but it is again appropriate. This book, intended for the “English-speaking housewife” seems like a little bit of culinary … Continue reading

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner…Life

The qualities of an exceptional cook are akin to those of a successful tightrope walker; an abiding passion for the task, courage to go out on a limb, and an impeccable sense of balance.   Bryan Miller Missy Robbins has … Continue reading

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The Vegetable, Recipes that Celebrate Nature

The near end of the street was rather dark and had mostly vegetable shops…piles of white and green fennel…and great sheaves of young, purplish, sea-dust colored artichokes, nodding in their buds, piles of great radishes, scarlet and bluey purple, carrots, long … Continue reading

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Food on the Page

Cookbooks continue to be a revealing source of history.  In her new book, Megan Elias teases out the social meaning cookbooks reveal, and discovers when a jell-o mold is more than just a salad. This review was published in CHoWline, the … Continue reading

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