Category Archives: Food

My Life in France

Maybe you all remember back in 2005 when Julie and Julia came out. It was the result of a blog, remember, that Julie Powell wrote for Salon.com, in which she cooked all of the recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the … Continue reading

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Intuitive Eating

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been on the plump side of normal, and over the years, I’ve drifted further and further away from that coveted “normal” weight. For much of my life, I didn’t let it worry … Continue reading

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The Pedant in the Kitchen

“I am a late-onset cook,” explains Julian Barnes at the beginning of this short collection of essays. Never having even watched his mother prepare meals when he was a child, he found himself dreadfully unprepared for kitchen duty as an … Continue reading

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Fair Food

One of the most life-changing books I’ve read in recent years was Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Since reading that book, I’ve started cutting back on processed food, cooking from scratch, and eating local or organic food almost exclusively. I’m … Continue reading

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The Omnivore’s Dilemma (reread)

This month, my church’s book club is reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Because I’ve already reviewed the audiobook, I’m going to keep my remarks here short. Since Pollan’s book was first published in 2006, public attention to the … Continue reading

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Comfort Me with Apples (audio)

I don’t believe I’ve ever read Gourmet  magazine, but I was still sad to learn this week that the magazine was closing up shop because I was just getting acquainted with its editor, Ruth Reichl, through listening to the audio version … Continue reading

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Home Cooking

As you can see from my reviews of Passion and Affect and Shine On, Bright and Dangerous Object, Laurie Colwin is one of my favorite contemporary authors. For me, her writing is exactly right, like having precisely what you want … Continue reading

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Hotel Bemelmans

You probably know Ludwig Bemelmans best from his wonderful Madeline books for children: “In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines/ Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.” I certainly did; I could go on to … Continue reading

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In Defense of Food (Audio)

Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food is often mentioned as a good, practical follow-up to his excellent The Omnivore’s Dilemma, which Jenny and I have both reviewed. In The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Pollan looks at the process of food production, opening readers’ … Continue reading

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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (Audio)

I’ve mentioned here before that I try to eat local food whenever possible, but it’s not always possible. Vegetables, fruit, and meat are available from reasonably local sources, but milk and grains are a challenge. So I was interested in reading Animal, … Continue reading

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