Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

These Italian fig cookies (aka cucidati) have become a favorite Christmas recipe at our house. Make a big batch and freeze some for a special treat later. ~~~ I love Italian cookies. My grandmother’s neighborhood in East Cambridge, Massachusetts had a fantastic Italian bakery, Royal Pastry Shop. Whenever we went to my grandparents, she would send …

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Look Santa! Another Julia Child book to add to my wishlist just in time for Christmas! Christopher Kimball, of Cook’s Illustrated fame, reviews a new book edited by Joan Reardon, As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto. If not for Avis, I wonder if Julia would have ever managed to get …

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