Category Archives: what’s for dinner

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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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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Cookbook Digest–Ocean’s Best

We’ll be celebrating on Christmas Eve this year with a Seven Fishes dinner–a symbolic holiday meal that is meant to be a lean abstention from red meat. But leave it to Italian-Americans (or any humans, for that matter) to turn … 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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Savor the South–Bacon

A pig resembles a saint in that he is more honored after death than during his lifetime. Irma S. Rombauer With great restraint, UNC Press has resisted adding Bacon to its Savor the South series until the fourth year. I would have … Continue reading

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Cookbook Digest–Family Cooking Fun

School is starting, and even if everyone has graduated the shift to fall always feels a tiny bit burdensome. The fragrant basil and perfumed peaches fade out at the farm stand to be replaced by more business-like apples and root … Continue reading

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The Importance of Napkin Bunnies to Childhood Development

A purely speculative theory What a great place the table can be for children. A baby can watch and absorb the intricacies of eye contact and communication among mom, dad, and siblings, while banging a spoon and chasing cheerios around the … Continue reading

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