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Big Cheese: Michael Paterniti's "The Telling Room"

Big Cheese: Michael Paterniti's "The Telling Room"

I HAVE NEVER FALLEN IN LOVE with a cheese. Don’t get me wrong, I am not lactose intolerant. I am not only totally tolerant of lactose, but I am very fond of coagulated milk protein, particularly whe...

"The Pie Hole Is Mine": Mary Roach's "Gulp"

"The Pie Hole Is Mine": Mary Roach's "Gulp"

Triptych image: Gail Wight, "Stomach," 2009. ONE CAN EASILY COLLATE a list of fun facts from Mary Roach’s latest book Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. Here are a few: Wh...

Enlightenment: It's What's For Dinner

Enlightenment: It's What's For Dinner

AFTER SAN FRANCISCO POLITICIANS Harvey Milk and George Moscone were gunned down in City Hall by their colleague Dan White in 1978, the murder trial launched a pre-Internet meme about moral accountab...

Thanksgiving West

Thanksgiving West

IN NOVEMBER 2003, I SPENT my last Thanksgiving holiday on the East Coast with my dearest friend, Tina, and her husband, Sam Sifton, author of the recently released Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well. T...

Tasting Notes: A Year in Wine and Poems

Tasting Notes: A Year in Wine and Poems

All photographs by Katrina Roberts. “Wine is bottled poetry.”  — Robert Louis Stevenson, The Silverado Squatters.  ¤ HEADLAMPS, G...

Jay McInerney, the New York Fantasy, and Wine

Jay McInerney, the New York Fantasy, and Wine

MY HIGH SCHOOL CHAPLAIN was the first person to tell me to read Bright Lights, Big City. We were doing an independent study. He told me to pay attention to McInerney’s velocity of voice, but...

Finer Dining Through Chemistry

Finer Dining Through Chemistry

EL BULLI, KNOWN AMONG chefs and the people who follow them as the best restaurant in the world, performed its final dinner service last summer. Since then, the man behind the restaurant has been bus...