Category Archives: personality

Edna Lewis, At the Table with an American Original

Edna Lewis is an inspiration–or should be more of one. She pursued her talents and beliefs, from dressmaking to politics, whether they fit expectations or not. She valued and drew on her rural, self-sufficient childhood in a community of free … 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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Real Pizza, Secrets of the Neapolitan Tradition

As a chef and as a father, I am very upset by what’s on the menu at most schools: chicken nuggets and tater tots and ketchup and pizza. Jose Andres He’s not talking about the pizza in this book. The … Continue reading

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The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book

So where did these cravings come from? I concluded it’s the baby ordering in. Prenatal takeout. Even without ever being in a restaurant, fetuses develop remarkably discerning palates, and they are not shy about demanding what they want. If they … Continue reading

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Cookbook Digest–The Table

Supposedly, summer days are languid and lazy. Then how come people are always complaining about how quick the summer passes and saying things like “August already!” or “Apples already, I still want peaches!” Whatever your calendar looks like, see if you … Continue reading

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Cookbook Digest–Comfort Food

Are you seeing shoots of green? Perhaps an optimistic crocus? Are you thinking about exposing your ankles to daylight? Spring is coming and you may be inspired to cook new flavors. While comfort food brings to mind hearty stews and … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Basement–Never Leave Well Enough Alone

It’s Raymond Loewy’s world, we just live in it. He’s the designer who smoothed out the lines of train engines, Greyhound buses, and supermarkets. And he designed the only car I’ve ever lusted after–the Avanti. It’s got a cute little overbite and a … Continue reading

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