Category Archives: Books I Love and Loathe.

Reviews of books.

The Great Leap Forward

I may not feel completely ready for my own literary baby, but I have recently discovered that I am pregnant with its possibility. And I am very glad to let people know that I will no longer tolerate being called a book(ish) virgin. Continue reading

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Eating Their Cupcakes, Eating My Words.

I finally– finally– found myself able to sit back, relax, and enjoy a fucking cupcake. Continue reading

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My Calabria: My Rosetta Stone

About a month ago, I received an email from a woman named Roberta Klugman asking me if I remembered the conversation we’d had more than a year ago about an upcoming cookbook called My Calabria when she came to lunch … Continue reading

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Liberace’s Sticky Buns

Today, thanks to the magic of Twitter, I learned that the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada is closing. All those years of visiting Sin City and I never once bothered to go to that damned museum. I always said … Continue reading

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On My Shelf: Ready for Dessert

According to David Lebovitz, “Each year, hundreds of cookbooks are released, which means that inevitably, many must go to make room for the new.” One look through his latest book Ready for Dessert (his original title idea was David’s Greatest … Continue reading

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Swish Steak: Camp Food

Yes, Swish Steak. Among my cookbooks, there is a recent acquisition I consider to be the jewel in my crown– a must-have for anyone who fancies herself (or, of course, himself) Queen of the Kitchen: The Gay Cookbook by Chef … Continue reading

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On My Shelf: I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti

If the way to a man’s heart is truly through his stomach, Giulia Melucci has tried every trick in the book. Or, at least in her book, I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti. As the title might imply, she’s … Continue reading

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On My Shelf: The Sweet Life in Paris

There are myriad guidebooks to Paris: Pudlow, Michelin, and Lonely Planet, to name a few and all of them worth the money. They tell you where eat, where to stay, and what to see. And then, of course, there are … Continue reading

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On My Shelf: The Food of a Younger Land

From Mark Kurlansky, the author of Cod and Salt, comes The Food of a Younger Land  (Riverhead Books: 397 pages, $27.95)– “A portrait of American food before the national highway system– before chain restaurants, and before frozen food, when the … Continue reading

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On My Shelf: American Cheeses

Last weekend, I wandered back into Omnivore Books on Food to pick up a copy of Margaret Visser‘s The Rituals of Dinner, that store owner Celia Sacks was kind enough to order for me (without my even having to ask, … Continue reading

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