A Biography of Julia Child, by Bob Spitz

Dearie: A Biography of Julia Child, by Bob Spitz. My Review

Just finished reading Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child, written by author and biographer extraordinaire Bob Spitz. Let me start with my - very few - gripes, then we'll move on to the good stuff. I did say Ouf! when I was done,…
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A Big Happy Kid in Summer Camp!

Summer Camp: Having fun with the kids! Me and my scrunchies: This is the new word I learned. I made one for each kid and each counselor, and gave them out on end of camp party night. Don't I look like Mr T here? I was the biggest kid, and a…

Another Feast at Pardes

Another sampling dinner at Pardes Restaurant: I succumbed to the idea yet again, tightening my belt all of that day in prevision for what treats were in store for us. The only thing better than reading and drooling about this menu is actually…

Vegan A La Mode: Hannah Kaminsky's Latest Treat! My Book Review

Hannah Kaminsky, a baker after my own heart, has done it again with her new book, Vegan A La Mode. Mind you, I care nothing about her fabulous treats being vegan, since I am not afflicted with any of those restrictions, dietary, ideological…

Wonderful Meatless Dinners. The Nine Days: Four Complete Menus and Recipes

Meatless dinners are a wonderful chance to showcase all those dishes we all too often think of as supporting actors, a sort of prop to meat-and-potato meals, and which rightly act as stars in their own right. Meatless dinners vindicate and…
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The Healthy July 4th Feast. All Gluten-Free Friendly

Growing up abroad (Morocco) I remember glorious outdoors feast, centering around a barbecue. The great difference with the American BBQ counterpart though, is that we serve smaller portions of meat and much larger portions of salads and veggies.…
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Salade Niçoise Recipe. Honoring Julia Child

 Salade Niçoise In Honor of Julia Child JC100 Anniversary: Salade Niçoise is one of my all-time favorite salads, especially when made with fresh, not canned,  tuna. I was honored to write a review of Julia Child's biography, Dearie,…

The Art of the Hand Written Letter Revived

I just received a Hand Written Letter! It gave me quite a thrill. Forgive me for doing a double take when I checked my mail today. I thought the art form had been extinct since the advent of electronic mail, better known as e-mail. My dear friend…

Thank You Dear Coco Chocolates! My Review

Dear Coco Chocolates are the latest homemade chocolate sensation. And I mean it literally: Dear Coco Chocolates come in the most unexpected flavors, and the best part is, it works beautifully. These tiny gems remind me of the French proverb:…
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My Demo at De Gustibus Last Week!

An All-Moroccan Feast: Yum! As delicious as it was easy, and of course all natural, all excerpted from my new cookbook, The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen: Judge for yourself from the thank-you note Salvatore Rizzo, director of De Gustibus,  sent…
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Trader Joe Chocolate Chips Going Dairy. A Gastronomic Uproar

This week I received dozens of messages about these national news that are causing a total uproar: Trader Joe chocolate chips are going to be made in dairy equipment from now on To name just one example, here's an alarmed message  from Rachel: Worst…
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Mother's Day Brunch. Menu and Recipes.

I find Mother's Day Brunch menus quite exciting: Spring bounty, guests all ages, classic crowd pleasers, eclectic menu, beautiful weather (hopefully!) The idea with a meal like Mother's Day Brunch is to give mom a break from kitchen chores,…