Anyone who has ever been an ugly adolescent - and we are legion - knows that the feeling of being unlovely and unlovable never goes away; it is always there, lurking just beneath the surface.
There is that romanticized idea of what a bookstore can be, what a library can be, what a shop can be. And to me, they are that. These are places that open doors into other worlds if only you're open to them.
My kitchen was built for my body. It forms a 'U' in the middle of the living room and dining room. It's not huge, because I don't like huge kitchens.
The first time you make something, follow the recipe, then figure out how to tailor it to your own tastes.
By the time I met Julia Child, her husband, Paul, was little more than a ghost of a man, so diminished by old age and its attendant diseases that it was impossible to discern the remarkable artist, photographer and poet he once had been.
If we make it national policy that we will support small farmers the way we support agribusiness, we'll suddenly see it change in terms of the cost of organic food.
If you start with a great peach, there's nothing you're ever going to do that's going to make it any better than when it comes off the tree. In 1970, that was a revolution.
People are so used to eating terrible pancakes, no matter how you mess up, they're going to be great. And if you make fresh orange juice, they'll be over the moon.
A real woman is someone who knows what she wants. If you want to stay home, that's fine, but you have to be clear-eyed.
Anybody who believes Yelp is an idiot. Most people on Yelp have no idea what they're talking about.
Ask people to pitch in - hand them a spoon and ask them to stir. Doing things together, having everyone help, makes for a nicer party.
Don't make a big to-do about the turkey; brine it, put it in the oven, and don't think about it again.
For me, cooking is a way to try and please people and tell them I love them. When I fall in love with someone, I want to feed them as well.
Given a choice between great food and boring company or boring food and great company, I'll take the great company any day.
I bake bread nearly every day; I use Jim Lahey's no-knead method and leave it to rise overnight.
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