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Cookbook Review: The Cuban Table by Ana Sofia Peláez and Ellen Silverman

In the past week, Cuba has been in the news as diplomatic relations have been restored and the long-dormant American embassy in Havana has reopened. What a perfect moment for Ana Sofia Peláez, the writer, and Ellen Silverman, the photographer, to reward us with The Cuban Table. By 1900, Cuba as an exuberant example of…

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Coeur a la Crème with Mango Chutney for Dinner

We had a perfect light summer dinner last night: corn on the cob, avocado and cherry tomato salad with vinaigrette and pumpernickel bread with mango chutney atop a spread of coeur a la crème. For the crème, I have to thank my doctor and Ina Garten. My doctor has the Food Network on in the…

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Best of the Cookbook Reivews: Pitt Cue Co.: The Cookbook

This week I have been reposting our reviews for the best cookbooks of the past year. This book may be controversial, but it cannot be contested. Some British guys travel to the US, check out barbeque places across the country, return to London, open up a barbeque joint, and succeed. This book is outrageous. Next…

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Braised Chicken with Tomatillos and Jalapenos

Suzen has the cooking school. And she is famous for her baked bread. So on a first meeting, people will often ask me, “Do you cook, too?” I used to react a tad aggressively to that question. I was insulted. Yes, if you make great cocktails and brownies, of course you cook. And the fact…

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