The Fourth Star: Dispatches from Inside Daniel Boulud’s Celebrated New York Restaurant , by Leslie Brenner. Clarkson Potter, 314 pages, $25.
Midway through Leslie Brenner’s The Fourth Star: Dispatches from Inside Daniel Boulud’s Celebrated New York Restaurant -let’s say somewherearound Chapter5,”In the Weeds”-I began to feel it was time for a murder. Not a Read More
The potential cockfight between the New York and Boston musical productions of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata will not take place this summer after all.
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There was a scattering of applause. Read More
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He was eating a wedge of cod, its skin seared to a crisp, that sat on a bed of corn kernels in a custardy sauce, encircled with a stencil of balsamic vinaigrette. “This is the Read More
If you haven’t witnessed it yourself, someone has surely told you about the scene in DreamWorks SKG’s Shrek in which the title ogre finds his beloved swamp overrun with Disney characters, from Cinderella to Tinkerbell. “Dead broad off the table!” Shrek bellows in a Scottish burr, in reference to the casketed, comatose Snow White, exiled Read More
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Mr. Palladin–the Read More
At the end of dinner, the waiter brought out the madeleines, which were wrapped in a white linen napkin folded into a silver bowl. They were unlike any madeleines I had ever tasted-hot and crisp as you bit into their golden scallop shells, then soft and melting inside. For Proust’s narrator, madeleines summoned Maman, his Read More
It was Monday lunchtime and at a nearby table eight men were seated before dozens of gleaming wineglasses, fanned out in front of them like the spokes of a wheel. They kicked off with a glass of champagne and then got down to business, sniffing and swirling and holding their glasses of red wine up Read More
Armani … He’s That Spanish Guy, Right?
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