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Uptown Market

October 11, 2019

At 7 am today we got a new neighborhood food store.  Inspections were passed; staff were being trained; products delivered and recipes retested; shelves are being stocked.  It’s Uptown Market just across the street from us and I think it will be a major addition to our neighborhood. “Our neighborhood?”  What is our neighborhood? We […]

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Cokie Was Unique

September 19, 2019

I don’t remember exactly when we met.  I arrived in Washington in 1961 immediately after college and went to work for her mother’s cousin, Howard K. Smith, the radio and television commentator. Cokie’s sister, Barbara, was my friend; Cokie was Barbara’s younger sister, still in college.  I spent a lot of time that summer at the […]

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A Few Days of Bliss

September 13, 2019

From time to time during the wet summer heat of Washington I wondered why nature made summer the best time to eat.    Many days here are so hot and the air so heavy that we don’t feel like eating some of the most wonderful foods that exist like pork shoulder or roasted potatoes or desserts […]

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Happy Birthday to Us

June 8, 2019

We failed to celebrate our anniversary last month and probably I should have boasted about our being five years old.  But it’s not our style to boast.  Even so I shouldn’t allow the moment to pass without thanking you. We opened Bread Furst believing it would be successful. Of course.  It’s pretty foolish to risk so […]

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Autumnal Thoughts

October 27, 2018

From time to time I make notes for a book I will never write.  It would be called Ten Inventions That Ruined the World.  Some of them, I would have to confess, like the automobile, have redeeming qualities even though the automobile has ruined the world.  Others like television have no redeeming qualities at all. […]

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Cooking to Buff

August 19, 2018

It’s unseemly, my grandmother would have said, to be obsessed about body weight – although she certainly was obsessed with hers.  It’s true; it is unseemly, especially for someone of my age.  But I am. As I have spent much of the summer alone in Hardwick, Vermont working on a book, and as I know […]

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The Red Hen(s)

June 29, 2018

Mike Friedman, the owner of The Red Hen, a really wonderful neighborhood restaurant in Washington, dropped by yesterday morning.  He told me about telephone calls he has received from around the country and the number of death threats presumably from Trump supporters incensed about the denial of service to the White House press secretary at […]

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The Joy of Cooking

March 20, 2018

I am in Carmel, California working on a book that’s in part about the romance of cooking.   I don’t mean the romance of food. I mean of cooking. I began learning how to cook at approximately the same time as my mother began learning how to cook. My mother hadn’t learn it as a child […]

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The Weathermen

February 24, 2018

When I grow up I want to be a weatherman. I don’t mean a “Weatherman,” one of those young radicals who took their rage to the streets of Chicago in 1969. I mean those whose prognostications I read each day in the Post and hear on NPR. The weather predictors were right last Saturday. They […]

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‘Tis the Season — Already

November 17, 2017

I am sure you know how important the end-of-year holidays – Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve and Day – are to food businesses.   Our customers celebrate the holidays in restaurants; they buy special foods from retail businesses like ours and from mail order. They particularly reward bakeries with appetites for special confections like stollen […]

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