You should know the story from the last post I wrote about why I’m posting these 13 books instead of the whole list of 52.  The short answer is that my wife browbeat me into dividing them into four posts.  All the books in this post were selected at random from the 52 books I

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In case you’re just dropping in after not being on the site for a while, you’ll notice a different look.  I’ve moved the site to a different hosting service and a different theme.  It’s going to take a while for me to update everything here, but all the posts are available.  You may have to

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For pure holiday musical pleasure, nothing (to me at any rate) says ‘Merry Christmas’ better than listening to the glorious voice of Kathleen Battle sing carols.  So… have a very, very musical merry!

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Nothing brings to life the holiday season for me like the smells of delicious things cooking and simmering. One of our family favorites is Mulled Wine, redolent of orange, apple, star anise, cinnamon, and clove. I made and bottled a big batch of it this year to send out to distant family and friends, from

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They pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor so that we should all be free… it should be remembered every day, but most especially today. Read and be thankful. Happy Birthday America! The Declaration of Independence IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in

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Heading into 2012 means shedding a few holiday pounds that Mike and I accumulated on the “experiment” (see his blog) we undertook. So for the next several weeks we will be trudging down the nutritional holy road of near-abstinence from carbs and total abstinence from that carbohydrate gateway drug, alcohol. It’s only day 5 and

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Absolutely great article in today’s Wall Street Journal Cooking and Eating section by Kitty Greenwald. I read it just after breakfast, when I was pleasantly full, and still it honestly made me want to get up and head back to the stove. Or book a flight to Boston and catch a cab to Cambridge to

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Forgive my lengthy absence from the blog desk. As those of you who also read Mike’s blog know, I’ve been up to my eyeballs for the last month finishing a couple of major business projects and wearing my SB Choral Society President and soprano-in-the-chorus hats getting our Verdi Requiem behind us (which, as he’s already

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The Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of America just published a report showing the amount of carbohydrate and the number of calories in the 26 best selling alcoholic beverages. The report is in chart form in pdf format. You can download it here. Put it on your refrigerator or keep it some place

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I just sat down to deal with the 45 or so comments that have stacked up over the past few days and somehow deleted them.  The comment that was the top one on the list was a spam comment.  I thought I checked the box next to it, but somehow I checked the box (that

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We’re in Dallas with the Grandangels, who have kept me so busy that I haven’t had time to even think about blogging. Our youngest grandson, who is now 5, loves to help ‘Granny’ cook, so we busied ourselves two days before Christmas making sugar cookie dough. A half-recipe’s worth from Mark Bittman’s fabulous (must have)

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I just got an email from our good friend, Jonny Bowden, with a link to his latest exchange in an ongoing ‘dialog’ with Big Soda about the inherent health detriment of pushing diet sodas on the public as if they were health food. Some of you may be familiar with Jonny and may thus have

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I have a close friend who was an investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal for 13 years, during which time he broke a number of large stories. He left the WSJ to start a company to help businesses deal with the media. He had seen from the inside how businesses had tried to influence

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As a group the elderly are keenly health conscious. Probably as a percentage of their population more elderly try to eat right and take care of themselves than any other group. And with good reason since the Grim Reaper is lurking right around the corner waiting to harvest them at the earliest opportunity. Senior citizens

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A commenter today made me remember yet another reason that observational studies such as this one are never to be used to determine causality that I didn’t mention in the original post. It’s important enough that I want to post it here so that those who don’t read the comments and/or my responses to them

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American tourist at Dauchau A type of activism called fat acceptance activism – or in the words of all the isms we’re now afflicted with: Sizeism – is currently on the move. Overweight people who are the movers and shakers of the various fat acceptance groups are trying to make the point that it’s okay

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Said heiress Paris Hilton as she was led off to jail: In the future, I plan on taking more of an active role in the decisions I make. What’s even more pathetic than this actual sentence is the fact that it was in a statement released by her lawyer to the press. One would think

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Fiesta – a long time Santa Barbara tradition – starts tonight, and lasts through Sunday. My bride long ago signed us up to provide a charity event for the Choral Society tonight at our house. I’ve been dragooned into helping get everything together for this Fiesta feast, which is NOT low-carb. One can follow a

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We made it back without a hitch. It’s only fair since I savaged Continental for its part in our fiasco getting to Europe to give them credit where credit is due. All the Continental flights – Edinburgh to Newark; Newark to LAX – left on time and arrived early. And all our baggage made the

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