The Dinner Files

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Country:United States
Location:San Franicsco

Recipe-driven observations from the sublime to the ridiculous

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Le Patinage

on Jan 3, 2014 in: Canada, French

My son skated for the first time last week. It was not his first time on the ice. I had dragged him once as a little guy, and then brought him to the Yerba Buena rink in San Francisco three times and even got him a private lesson there in preparation...

The BMW of eggnogs

on Dec 17, 2013

I have a friend who is the kind of person who is asked to do things like drive a BMW around for a month and write up a few blogs about his experience driving a BMW around. While I’m quite happy not driving a BMW or any other automobile around, I mu...

How to Cook a Turkey

on Nov 24, 2013

I’ve cooked several lifetimes worth of turkeys. Being a food writer will do that to a person. Such vast experience has left me with no desire to cook one ever again. It has also left me with a remarkable ability to cook a turkey—blindfolded if ne...

I am just back from Addis Ababa. It is big and sprawling and amazing and smoggy and fascinating and filled with traffic and rubble and green and yellow painted corrugated tin construction fences. Food-wise the most stunning thing was that for the mos...

Snails as escargots

on Apr 23, 2013 in: Paris

“Not bad,” I said twenty-five years ago after choking down the chewy, gray nugget with a smile on my face. “They are super, aren’t they?” my Dijonnais host father asked, full of enthusiasm, as he always was when exposing me to something par...

Un petit gateau

on Mar 14, 2013 in: Paris

If you’re a food writer and you go to Paris, people are going to ask you about what you ate. Or, to be more specific, a remarkable number of people will ask “What was the best thing you ate?” It will be their first, and often only q...

Krabbe & kransekake

on Dec 27, 2012

If K’s are funny, Norwegian is hilarious. In all seriousness, it’s been a month of crab and kransekake. Crab because I wrote a story about going crabbing for Edible San Francisco, so I had to go crabbing to write it because the whole angl...