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Blog Wed Dec 05 2007

Manor Gardens Allotments: Veggies in London's East End

Today, Heidi Swanson's takes us to the Manor Gardens Allotments on the East End of London. There, potatoes, garlic, tomatoes, broad beans, chard, chilies, wild plums and even figs grow in abundance. In the gardens, two restaurateurs, at least until recently, had a simple structure from which they cared for their garden. The recipe Heidi posted today comes from their book, Moro East, in which they take us through their year-long experiences in Manor Gardens. I’ve already put in my order for a copy. It sounds romantic, especially remembering the NY Times’ answer to their own question, Why are British cookbooks from around 2007 so much better than American ones? "They’re the products of a vision one is tempted to call novelistic," Dwight Garner wrote in last Sunday's article on holiday books. As if cozying up with your sweetie in fields of veggies isn't cute enough, each in the couple has the same name. The book is by "Sam & Sam Clark," or Samantha Clark and Samuel Clark. Sadly, the 2012 Olympics in London is expected not to leave much left of Manor Gardens. I'm glad I have my book coming.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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