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Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness. Elsa Schiaparelli You may think you know what you’re doing in the kitchen. You don’t. But Samin Nosrat does and she can explain it brilliantly. In reading this book, you’ll find … Continue reading

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Eat Better, Everyday–Cookbook Digest Summer 2107

Both these books know that our first taste is always with our eyes and both authors have carved out a visual space online to explore and promote their recipes. In Everyday Delicious, Izy Hossack, who has been cooking since she … Continue reading

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The Viennese Kitchen

For almost thirty years I repeatedly saw one and the same dream: I would arrive in Vienna at long last. I would feel really happy, for I was returning to my serene childhood. Alfred Schnittke In its culture and life, … Continue reading

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One Pan & Done

Early Rising   In a cook, this quality is most essential, for an hour lost in the morning will keep her toiling, absolutely toiling, all day, to overtake that which might otherwise been achieved with ease.   Mrs. Isabella Beeton You … Continue reading

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Sicily, the Cookbook

It is impossible to describe the degrees of yellow from the most candent cadmium to ochre, from discoloured ivory to lemon bronze. The air was full of wisps of straw and the heat beat upon us as if from some … Continue reading

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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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Cleaning Out the Basement–Thirty Recipes Suitable for Framing

My tattered edition of this portfolio was picked up at a small bookstore in western Massachusetts. The folder was torn and it was shoved into a remainder bin. After framing one image–Cherries Jubilee (we live in DC, cherries are a … Continue reading

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