Billie Breslin has traveled far from her home in California to take a job at Delicious!, New York’s most iconic food magazine. Away from her family, particularly her older sister, Genie, Billie feels like a fish out of water—until she is welcomed by the magazine’s colorful staff. She is also seduced by the vibrant downtown food scene, especially by Fontanari’s, the famous Italian food shop where she works on weekends. Then Delicious! is abruptly shut down, but Billie agrees to stay on in the empty office, maintaining the hotline for reader complaints in order to pay her bills.

To Billie’s surprise, the lonely job becomes the portal to a miraculous discovery. In a hidden room in the magazine’s library, Billie finds a cache of letters written during World War II by Lulu Swan, a plucky twelve-year-old, to the legendary chef James Beard... MORE

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The Cherry Bombe Jubilee

Last year's Jubilee was completely fascinating - one of the best conferences of its type I've ever attended. This year's sounds equally interesting. It takes place this Sunday. The Day’s Schedule 9:30 – 10:30 am: Breakfast and Registration 10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Session 1 Welcome by Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu Truly Share a Meal with Lauren Bush Lauren...

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Say Cheese!

Took a fascinating cheese class last night with Matt Rubiner, of Rubiner's Cheese in Great Barrington. I don't think I've ever eaten so much cheese. And I learned a lot. This class was a romp up Route 7 from Monterey, Massachussetts (Rawson Brook Farm), to Highgate, Vermont (Boucher Farm). Matt says this is now the densest cheese route in America,...

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A Cake with a Pedigree: Fast, Easy, Low Fat

I was reading through Laurie Colwin's More Home Cooking yesterday, when I came upon this cake. I've been looking for an alternative to Angel Food Cake - which has virtually no fat - and this one seemed possible. It has no butter and no eggs, and requires only a half cup of oil and a cup of buttermilk. Then I...

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