The Mom 100 Cookbook

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When I was 7 my family moved from New York City to Westport, CT.   My father was the catalyst for this event.  My mother could not have been less happy.  To this day she will tell people that “you can still see my heel marks on exit 17 when Peter turned off the highway.”  She had lived in Manhattan since birth, and the move to the suburbs was a terrible plot twist in her urbane life. But there we were, in the suburbs, with a yard and a basement, and shortly two cats, and a town with a Main Street.  …

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Anatomy of a Cookbook Photo Shoot

The writing and publishing of a cookbook is a real process.  Interested in immediate gratification?  Oof, this is not your line of work. The manuscript for Dinner Solved is finished, it’s being edited by my excellent editor Suzanne Rafer, and we are spending the entire week shooting all 100 recipes (plus variations!) in the book. I absolutely love this part of bookmaking . First, the photographer of the book is my good friend Todd Coleman. He’s so talented it’s stupid. And he has assembled a team of cooks and assistants who are so top notch it makes me weepy.   And then …

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The Great Thing About Home Cooking, And Why It’s Hard to Breast Pump at a Restaurant

I was pregnant with my second son when I first started thinking seriously about pursuing a long-deferred dream of doing something in the food world.   I was looking at various options, and seriously considering getting into the restaurant business, even though I fully (really, fully) understood how grueling and unromantic it was most of the time (I’ve been a busgirl, a waitress, a hostess, and once almost a bartender but I couldn’t reach the bottles on the top speedrack). , After Charlie was born, my husband gave me a gift, and he presented it to me in front of both …

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Channeling Sara Moulton

What I learned from Sara Moulton. The most important thing is to really make sure you engage with the audience, and make sure everyone, including you, is having a good time. And also, don’t set yourself on fire.

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Bake Your Teacher a Thank You

Bake Your Teachers a Thank You!: A Blueprint We all know how hard our teachers work, right?   When people say that being a parent is the toughest job in the world, I think they may not have given teaching a hard and close enough look.  Let’s show these teachers some love! Baking Your Teachers a Thank You is simple (I promise), and with a bunch of parents pitching in, it’s a heartfelt way to show the school staff how much you value all they do for your kids (and if the baking is spread out over a bunch of families, …

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Lunch Circa 1977

Foodwise, my mother was ahead of her time.  She wasn’t the only one of course: the 70s were filled with people discovering wheat germ and carob and sprouts and homemade yogurt.  And simultaneously diving into the world of cassoulets and paellas and other day-long food projects inspired by far-away lands.  But boy, she really embraced the healthy food thing for a long stretch, and with gold hoop earrings and funky vests she would make multi-grain silver dollar pancakes for breakfast on Saturdays, each of which weighed much more than an actual silver dollar, and we would hope that there was …

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