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Joanne Yolles and I Get to the Core of the Matter and Bake the Ultimate Tarte Tatin

joanne yolles and tarte tatin

listen-to-the-podcastThis appeared in my col­umn “Dish” in the Toronto Star in 2004. 

I baked my first Tarte Tatin late last fall.

I had come across the recipe in Kitchen Wis­dom (Knopf, $29.95), Julia Child’s lat­est cook­book and a nifty, com­pact col­lec­tion of her favourite recipes.

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Getting Ready to Celebrate the 100th birthday of Cuisine Queen Julia Child

Left: The real Julia Child hams it up with a chicken. Right: Meryl Streep in Julie and Julia.

“I was 32 when I started cook­ing; up until then, I just ate.” — Julia Child

I’ve been a busy mem­ber of Canada’s food media for many moons — more than 30 years of telling sto­ries about my con­sum­ing pas­sion, 18 of them as food editor/columnist for Canada’s largest news­pa­per, the Toronto Star.

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Melissa Leithwood Names This Year’s “It” Meat — No Kidding

Melissa with a ter­rific book by Mark Scar­brough and Bruce Wein­stein fea­tur­ing goat meat


As I write, my kitchen is filled with the lus­cious aroma of goat curry warm­ing in the oven. And I have Melissa Lei­th­wood to thank for that.

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Love, Loss and What I Ate

My psy­chic bond with Nora Ephron, though one-sided (my side, of course), is a long-standing one

I have never met the bril­liant Amer­i­can author, movie direc­tor, screen­writer, humourist and foodie but feel I know her well.

I did inter­view her by phone for my col­umn in the Toronto Star a few years ago when her hilar­i­ous lit­tle book about the down­side of being a middle-aged woman came out called I Feel Bad About My Neck. I could relate.

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Save the date (March 8, 2011) for Kitchen Sisters: A Fundraiser Feast

For 18 years, as food edi­tor and food colum­nist for the Toronto Star, I shared my pas­sion for things culinary.

Most impor­tant and grat­i­fy­ing was the joy­ous con­nec­tion it gave me to peo­ple who enjoy and pre­pare food – from the Fil­ipino taxi dri­ver who enthu­si­as­ti­cally described how his mother makes Chicken Adobo to the fire­fight­ers with whom I cooked and then ate a lus­cious, con­vivial meal of grilled chicken and rhubarb crum­ble at their down­town Toronto fire­hall one lovely evening.

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