The Pakistani-American Kitchen

by Sarah Sheikh Bridge

It’s 1971 in New York City. My dad, 24, gets off a plane at JFK and heads straight to Harvey’s Seafood Restaurant in Manhattan. With a paper bib tied around his neck he cracks into a giant plate of lobster and crab dripping in clarified butter – his very first meal on U.S. soil. Welcome…

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The Scoop on Agents

by Lisa Ekus

Since 2000, The Lisa Ekus Group has been offering personalized, detail-oriented literary services to veteran authors and newcomers (read first-time authors) alike. Our agency represents more than 175 authors and has successfully guided more than 350 books into print.

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Bacon on Salad: Michael Bacon’s Quest for the Perfect Caesar Salad

by Jacob Dean

I’m sitting in the main performance area of The Birchmere, one of America’s most renowned folk music venues, and the room is filled to capacity. With the exception of the table that I share with Betsy, Michael Bacon’s wife, and some strangers who have disregarded the “Table Reserved” sign at a late enough point that…

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West Indian Beach Picnic

by Taymer Mason

As idyllic as they may seem, I have always thought of picnics as laborious undertakings that were not worth the trouble. It was not until one day I was back home in Barbados and spotted a couple on a picnic that I changed my mind. It was midday on the West ‘Platinum’ Coast, and the…

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Rijsttafel: The Dutch-Indonesian Rice Table

by Georgeanne Brennan

A recent business trip to Bali brought me a long-awaited dining experience. Many years ago, as a young couple visiting Amsterdam, my husband and I longingly read the lengthy menus posted at restaurants serving rijsttafel, the Dutch-Indonesian rice table. Sambals, curries, pickled vegetables, soups, rice dishes, fish, coconut – this list went on, and sadly,…

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Colonial fireplace

Kitchen History: The Colonial Country Kitchen

by Sandra Tarbox

In colonial America, the kitchen, with its large cooking fireplace, was the focal point of the home. Snug, inviting, with the aroma of cooking food on the hearth, the kitchen provided shelter, warmth, and nourishment. It was where generations converged, the center of production for the family’s provisions. A woman might have kneaded bread while…

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