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Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food

30 October 2008 1,978 views 4 Comments

apronadventureFall brings many happy surprises — new beginnings, hope, apple pie, cardigans, smores, twilight strolls, and curling up with a good book.

When I lived in New York, it meant The New Yorker Festival and now that I’ve been an Austinite for five years, it’s the Texas Book Festival and the Austin Jewish Book Fair. The Texas Book Festival is this weekend and the Austin Jewish Book Fair runs through Nov. 10.

This fall, one of the books I’m reading is Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food. It’s a compilation of great food writing in the venerable weekly magazine. The book was one of the very thoughtful gifts I received for my birthday in September (thank yousecretingredients Steve). My birthday happens to be the first day of fall. I also was given the adorable homemade apron at left (thanks Lisa).

My recommendation to each of you is to read John Seabrook’s essay The Fruit Detective. Click the link to read — it’s probably worth your time. What a job that guy has! My favorite fruit is blueberries that have been fresh picked in Maine. If you have never been there, you probably haven’t had one because they are too delicate to ship. Totally different from the sour berries we often see at the grocery store. Check it out I’d love to hear about your favorite fruit or fruit experience.


  • rachelf

    where can i get a white apricot? i want one.

  • mindy

    great recommendation–and the way things have been going for me, a collection of shorter pieces is just my speed! love your blog; thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Your blog is just so much fun. I am hungry. I would like a slice of apple pie. How cute is that apron?


  • Sinda

    Look at you, doing the intro for The Heretic’s Daughter – how cool is that?