City Kitchen: This Is Peak Potato

In Switzerland, they eat a lot of potatoes. Every time I’ve visited, I’ve eaten a lot of potatoes, too. I remember joining friends for a simple farmhouse supper in the countryside. We had boiled potatoes and green salad from the garden. It was a fine meal. You’ll find potato salad, potato gratins and mashed potatoes…

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France Is First to Ban Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer

PARIS — France has banned several types of textured breast implants that have been linked to a rare form of cancer. The ban, which covers macro-textured and polyurethane implants, took effect on Friday. It was announced this week by France’s National Agency for Safety of Medicines and Health Products, or ANSM, in a letter to…

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A Good Appetite: A Sprightly Brisket for Your Passover Table

Braised brisket is warming, cozy, rich and hearty, a perfect wintry meal to serve when temperatures plunge and snow piles up. But what about in the spring, during Passover? No matter how pink the tulips or yellow the forsythia, when Seder-celebrating cooks plan their menu, a stodgy brown brisket is almost always on it. It’s…

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My Space: A Tour of Designer Charles de Lisle’s Rustic Cabin in Sonoma

Charles de Lisle Age: 50 Occupation: Designer Location: Sonoma County, Calif. Favorite Room: After looking for land in the area for 20 years, Mr. de Lisle and his partner, Ralph Dennis, who live mostly in Mill Valley, Calif., bought a kit house on six acres. The living room of their weekend retreat is, like the…

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Knowing Natchez by Its Dead

Make your way around Natchez, Miss., and you get the sense that if some people ever got really close to living like European aristocrats in the United States, it happened there. The town, which overlooks the Mississippi River, has perhaps the greatest concentration of splendid antebellum mansions in the country. “Economic historians will tell you…

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Meet the Women Who Built Hudson Yards

Shoveled and drilled from a former rail depot, Hudson Yards is now a repository for shiny things instead: Dior, Tory Burch, and Cartier are all part of the megalith, which also boasts new restaurants, office buildings for L’Oréal and Tapestry, and 14 acres of urban gardens. (In the surest sign of its longevity and popular…

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5 Places: Five Places to Shop Around Mumbai

Bandra, an artsy Mumbai suburb on the Arabian Sea, is a favorite of the city’s creative set and counts Bollywood stars, film producers, artists and designers among its residents. Old bungalows in varying stages of dilapidation and colorful graffiti murals adorning the walls of cafes and shops lend a bohemian feel to the area, about…

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Vows: A Business Trip Yields the Investment of a Lifetime

When Julian Olidort returned to his Manhattan office after a business trip to Israel five years ago, he said his first priority was “to assemble a team of co-workers” to assist in the delicate handling of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that emerged 6,000 miles away in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It was an investment he was…

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Work Friend: My Company’s I.T. Director Is Holding My Data Hostage

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. Information Technology Pirates The new I.T. director at my large, international office is a rude, condescending jerk. We’ve been through years without any I.T. leadership — the previous…

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