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LIFE IMITATES ART – A FRENCH FINISH

Life Imitates Art: In “A FRENCH FINISH” by Robert Ross, a quirky crew of Harvard art historians re-creates a ‘fake’ Louis XVI desk and pass it off as the real thing. My father wrote this award-winning mystery-adventure and it was … Continue reading

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Je Suis John Locke

A Letter concerning Toleration: John Locke In an eerily timely message, John Locke, the noted 17th century English philosopher, opened his now famous essay, “A Letter Concerning Toleration,” with the following: “Since you are pleased to inquire what are my … Continue reading

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6 Outstanding 2013 Wine, Spirits and Beer Books

If you or a fellow zythophile (beer lover), enophile (wine lover), or liquorphile  (ok, you get it now!) happen to be thirsty for a good read, here’s a roundup of half-a-dozen super stocking-stuffers published in 2013.   Here’s to your … Continue reading

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Punch Renaissance – What Goes Around Comes Around

PUNCH’S CREATIVE REVIVAL by David Lincoln Ross Rowdy libation it may be when consumed to excess, as famed illustrator William Hogarth depicts Punch’s potent effects in this evocative 18th century engraving, today classic Punch recipes are being creatively re-interpreted by … Continue reading

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Jancis Robinson’s Wine Grapes Book Review in SAVEUR

SAVEUR, December 2012 Issue Here’s a copy of my recent and short book review of Wine Grapes by Jancis Robinson and her co-authors in SAVEUR’s December 2012 issue. Roots Matter: Wine Grapes by Jancis Robinson, Julie Harding and José Vouillamoz … Continue reading

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Interview: Richard Coraine, Union Square Hospitality Group, Dishes on Great Menus

COOKING UP A MENU’S SECRET SAUCE: Ingredients of A Great Bill of Fare A Conversation with Richard Coraine, President, New Business & Development, Union Square Hospitality Group, New York City  A 16-year partner of restaurateur Danny Meyer’s company, Union Square … Continue reading

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Lascivious Legumes from France

If you love legumes, then you have to look at a new book entitled Vilmorin: The Vegetable Garden.  Published by Taschen, the plates comprise a stunning collection of large format print reproductions of the most amazing garden vegetables you’ll ever … Continue reading

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