review

The Geometry of Pasta and Eggplant Lasagne

October 6, 2010
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When I first received a copy of The Geometry of Pasta in the mail (thank you kind publisher!) my initial reaction was a bit less than impressed. For me, cookbooks should have bright and colorful photographs preferably accompanying as many recipes as possible, but this book contained a simple, rather restrained layout of text that […]

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The Lazy Baker Cookie Mix

August 24, 2009
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Generally speaking I make fun of people who use mixes to bake cookies. I mean, come on, how hard is it to soften some butter, break a few eggs, and measure a little flour? Not very. But I can see the appeal, especially for those of you with kids, carpools, soccer practice and ballet class […]

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Julie and Julia: A Movie Review

July 30, 2009
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I’ve just returned home from an advanced screening of Julie and Julia, and while I’d like to stay calm, cool, and collected and write an analytical and objective review of the film without using effusive words I have to admit that this will be an utter impossibility because I found the film to be absolutely […]

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I loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti (and Hot Pink Cake)

May 20, 2009
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I first read about I loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti while browsing through an article online in The New York Times Home & Garden section about the author Giulia Melucci. The description of her recently released book full of recipes and dating mishaps sounded like a dream come true for my chick lit and […]

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Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson

May 7, 2009
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I’ve mentioned my little love affair with Diane Mott Davidson’s culinary mysteries in the past. In fact, a post of a recipe from one of her extremely enjoyable novels even won 2nd place in an online competition at The Kitchn so she and I (or at least her books and I) are very old friends. […]

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The Ski Country Cookbook

November 10, 2008

I finally gave in and began to wear my winter coat. I didn’t want to, but after freezing on my morning walk to the T every day I decided it was time to admit defeat. As the cold weather begins to overtake the northeast my time outside drastically reduces, and I can usually be found […]

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Dear Julia

September 29, 2008

Elaine Hamilton is a wallflower. She’s shy, awkward, and desperately doesn’t want to go to her mother’s alma matar Dartmouth. What she does want is to quietly perfect every recipe in Mastering the Art of French Cooking, attend Smith College, and eventually study at the Cordon Bleu in Paris — just like her hero Julia […]

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Belle in the Big Apple

August 23, 2008

Belle in the Big Apple is a light tale of an ambitious southern twenty-something with perfectly coiffed blonde hair and the triple threat of charm, money, and a granddaddy with connections. Belle is a big fish in a small pond literally covering crayfish festivals for her family owned newspaper when she decides that she’ll never […]

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