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The holidays wouldn't feel complete without towering cookie platters and magnificent pastries, but crimson-hued poached pears boast all of the beauty and drama of

I don't know about you, but this election knocked me off my feet. More than ever, I feel a strong need for community. Since

I am a farmers market fiend. The ability to "eat local" is glorious for a gastronome, and late summer abounds with gifts of heirloom tomatoes,

Cooks have long been travelers, moving from royal court to papal conclave, and Austrian-born Max Beyer is a great example of this restless spirit.

If you think of Tuscany and its wines, it is the famous names that immediately come to mind: Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Bolgheri.

Pasta is the perfect summer food. It's easy to cook, light, healthy and can be served in all sorts of exciting ways. It can