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Photograph, by Claire Stewart, is of chefs Adrienne Jones and David Caban competing in the Kitchen Feud at the New York City College of Technology on April 25, 2013.

By Claire Stewart Review of The Cultivation of Taste: Chefs and the Organization of Fine Dining by Christel Lane (Oxford University Press, 2014)     The Cultivation of Taste: Chefs and the Organization of Fine Dining is a dogged endeavor to categorize and analyze the world of Michelin-starred restaurants and the chefs who run them. […]

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The Evolution of Dinner By Claire Stewart A review of Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal by Abigail Carroll (Basic Books, 2013) [click for pdf]   Food historian Abigail Carroll’s debut book, Three Squares: the Invention of the American Meal, explores the historical reasons why we eat what we do, and when. Combing […]

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We Are Also What We Eat With By Claire Stewart A review of Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat by Bee Wilson (Basic Books, 2012) Bee Wilson’s Consider the Fork is more than just a pretty book (and it is indeed a pretty book). It is more than just another […]

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Into the Vegetable Garden Bloch-Dano’s collection of lectures can be like a first stroll in a garden, lingering briefly by each vegetable. By Stephanie Tsank A review of Vegetables: A Biography, by Evelyne Bloch-Dano, trans. Teresa Lavender Fagan (The University of Chicago Press, 2012) Excerpt Bloch-Dano is not simply prodding the private lives and histories […]

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

Into the Vegetable Garden Bloch-Dano’s collection of lectures can be like a first stroll in a garden, lingering briefly by each vegetable. By Stephanie Tsank A review of Vegetables: A Biography, by Evelyne Bloch-Dano, trans. Teresa Lavender Fagan (The University of Chicago Press, 2012) Excerpt Bloch-Dano is not simply prodding the private lives and histories […]

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June 14, 2018

The time that takes place in stories compared to the time that we actually live is radically abbreviated. It briskly sweeps aside all the commonplace moments that make up the long stretch of toilsome time and focuses instead on the interesting and compelling. With a mere section break or a simple transitional phrase, days, months, and whole years are disposed of as if they had no significance at all. “Then time passed slowly until the day arrived when….” A lot of important living is hidden in such a phrase. From the moment-to-moment flow of time, the storyteller lifts out only those narr...

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

Into the Vegetable Garden Bloch-Dano’s collection of lectures can be like a first stroll in a garden, lingering briefly by each vegetable. By Stephanie Tsank A review of Vegetables: A Biography, by Evelyne Bloch-Dano, trans. Teresa Lavender Fagan (The University of Chicago Press, 2012) Excerpt Bloch-Dano is not simply prodding the private lives and histories […]

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May 11, 2018

Using personal essay, literary reference, and journalistic voice, the article plants itself on our existential doorstep while illuminating Barnes' novel one more time. Very strong. Thanks.

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Frank Kermode, August 2000, photo by Charlie MacDonald

Into the Vegetable Garden Bloch-Dano’s collection of lectures can be like a first stroll in a garden, lingering briefly by each vegetable. By Stephanie Tsank A review of Vegetables: A Biography, by Evelyne Bloch-Dano, trans. Teresa Lavender Fagan (The University of Chicago Press, 2012) Excerpt Bloch-Dano is not simply prodding the private lives and histories […]

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May 10, 2018

"When these new memories suddenly came upon me … time had been placed in reverse. As if, for that moment, the river ran upstream." Stolen from Barnes's book for my poem "From the Vale for a Soul Making". Great book to write about.

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