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Cookbook Review: Pâtisserie at Home by Will Torrent

  Pâtisserie at Home by Will Torrent is a friendly, photo-dense learning expedition. Will Torrent was born into food, with relatives running pâtisseries in France, heading restaurants and hotel kitchens in the UK and with every generation sharing their bulging portfolios of classic home recipes. He grew up on a kitchen rich in dessert lore…

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This Week in Cookbook Reviews

Just a note to you all that the rest of this week will see a bushel of cookbook reivews. There have been several outstanding pastry and cookbooks published in the past few months. There are four of these great volumes in line for review this week, beginning with Pâtisserie at Home by Will Torrent. And on…

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Virgil’s Hickory Pit Baked Beans

July is National Baked Beans Month. And you thought Congress never did anything. Virgil’s is the landmark barbecue joint in Times Square in New York City. First authentic Southern barbecue in the city. Founded in 1994, the firm has just published its first cookbook. And the first recipe I went to is this one for…

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A Perfect Summer Meal [with options for sides and dessert]

Here's a menu for a summer meal that is satisfyingly complete. Begin with a beverage, a Pina Colada, but not just the regular one. You need Brian's Faux Colada: more flavor and less alcohol. Then a barbecued steak complete with not some overpowering steak sauce, but instead with an intense, smooth blue cheese sauce. Pair that steak with…

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