Is Red Meat Bad For You?

Is Red Meat Bad For You?

The chapter on Steak Frites and all you can learn from it, in my new book From Scratch. I didn’t know whether to be glad or frustrated by yesterday’s page one story on a new study that finds decades of nutritional advice and intuitive common sense to be...
Non-Wheat Breakfasts

Non-Wheat Breakfasts

Yogurt with Nuts and Cherries (or “Breakfast with Paul”) One splendid idea: whole fat Greek yogurt with toasted nuts and, for sweetness and additional acidity, sour cherries (we fell in love with these in Greece; happily, in Providence, where we reside...
Guacamole

Guacamole

I put a pic on instagram of guacamole two weeks ago and got enough fervent responses about cilantro and garlic salt, lack of chili to realize that people really care about their guacamole. As we here in America, we who make enough of this creamy delicacy to fill a...

In Short Measures:Out in the Paperback

In 1988, as a 25-year scholar at the Bread Loaf writers’ conference, I spotted one of the faculty, a pretty young novelist walking arm in arm with two other pretty young novelists (in fact, Jennifer Egan and Helen Schulman). But it was the one in the middle I...

Evolution

I recently wrote an essay for Thomas Keller’s magazine Finesse, for an issue themed evolution. Having worked so closely with Keller over the past twenty years, I asked to write about his evolution, as I’ve always been fascinated by it and wrote about it in...