Arts & Life

12:49pm

Sat September 28, 2013
Book Reviews

From Kolbasa To Borscht, 'Soviet Cooking' Tells A Personal History

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 4:52 pm

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For years I have wondered, albeit vaguely, about gefilte fish, a dish that appears in various guises in novels about Jewish families, almost always at points of celebration or domestic tension. Here's how to make it: Skin a whole pike, mince the flesh, mix with vegetables and bread. Sew the minced fish back into the skin and poach for three hours. Garnish with horseradish.

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5:03am

Sat September 28, 2013
The Salt

Birch For Breakfast? Meet Maple Syrup's Long-Lost Cousins

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 1:17 pm

Beyond maple: Sap drips from a pine tree. Around the nation, producers are making syrup from the sap of pine, birch, even black walnut trees.
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Americans have a longstanding love affair with maple syrup. According to the USDA, production of the sticky stuff in the United States totaled 3.25 million gallons this year. However, it isn't the only tree syrup that's available to drizzle on your short stack or sweeten your latte.

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4:05am

Sat September 28, 2013
Author Interviews

On Eliot's 125th, His 'Waste Land' Hasn't Lost Its Glamour

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 7:55 am

American-born British poet and playwright T.S. Eliot received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948.
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What do you get a Nobel Prize-winning poet for his birthday?

The poet, in this case, is T.S. Eliot, and this year he would have turned the intimidating age of 125. It's a tough question, but New Yorker poetry editor Paul Muldoon has got an answer: a new re-issue of the first edition of Eliot's groundbreaking poem, The Waste Land.

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3:25am

Sat September 28, 2013
Author Interviews

I, Spy: Valerie Plame Makes Her Fiction Debut In CIA Thriller

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 9:16 am

Valerie Plame was outed as a covert CIA operative in a 2003 Washington Post column. Her story was depicted in the 2010 film Fair Game, starring Naomi Watts as Plame.
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Vanessa Pierson, the heroine of Valerie Plame's first novel, is — ahem — "blonde, lithe, and nicely sexy." She is also a CIA agent, determined to lasso a nuclear arms dealer named Bhoot before he arrives at an underground nuclear facility in Iran.

But just as her informant is about to tell her where Bhoot will be, he's shot by a sniper who misses Vanessa — or does he simply overlook her? How will Vanessa Pierson halt the terrorists, protect the world and, by the way, also keep the secret of her forbidden romance with David, a fellow CIA ops officer with green-flecked hazel eyes?

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3:24am

Sat September 28, 2013
Poetry

News From Lake Wobegon: Garrison Keillor Has A New Book Of Poetry

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 9:16 am

Garrison Keillor has been the host of A Prairie Home Companion since it began nearly four decades ago. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1994.
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If you're a regular public radio listener, you may hear Garrison Keillor every morning reading other people's poems on The Writer's Almanac. Now, the Prairie Home Companion host has decided to share some of his own poems for a change.

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