Category Archives: food focus

Savor the South–Corn

A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine. Anne Bronte Corn has to be among the most American of foods. Corn is woven through Mayan mythology–marking calendar dates and shaping origin stories. English settlers called the … Continue reading

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  It has so happened in all ages of the world that some have labored, and others have, without labor, enjoyed a large proportion of the fruits. Abraham Lincoln It’s easy to see how the wild and cultivated sweet produce … Continue reading

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Build a Bowl–Cookbook Digest

Sometimes you just want a bowl, a spoon, and no fuss. Either of these books are just the thing when you’re tired, hungry, and not sure what’s in the fridge. But a reasonable pantry, a creative eye, and the inspiration … Continue reading

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Patisserie at Home

The fine arts are five in number, namely: painting, sculpture, poetry, music, and architecture, the principal branch of the latter being pastry. –Antonin Careme I used to repeat this quote to wind up my architect husband, but now I totally get it. In … Continue reading

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Symmetry Breakfast

See if there is any bacon, and if there is, ask the cook which pan to fry it in. Then ask if there are any eggs and if so, try and persuade the cook to poach two of them. It … Continue reading

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Savor the South–Chicken

I don’t know which is more discouraging, literature or chickens. –E.B. White For the farmer/essayist, chickens may be frustrating, but for the cook, chickens are a wonderful culinary canvas for flavor and cooking technique. As with all the books in … Continue reading

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The Art of the Cheese Plate, Pairings, Recipes, Style, Attitude

A cheese may disappoint. It may be dull, it may be naive, it may be over-sophisticated. Yet it remains cheese, milk’s leap toward immortality. –Clifton Fadiman Every cheese book I’ve ever seen drives me crazy–describing cheeses that I can never … Continue reading

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