At the Intersection of Cookbooks and Women’s Marches

The cover of this timely, political cookbook plays to my personal belief that baking is a release: Punch down that dough with force. The authors, Kathy Gunst, a cookbook writer, and Katherine Alford, a chef and writer, include views and recipes from more than 40 contributors, including Carla Hall, Genevieve Ko, Betty Fussell, Naomi Duguid…

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Sugars With a Floral Note

Il Fiorista, the Mediterranean restaurant with a floral theme and a retail counter, is now selling condiments seasoned with flowers, spices and herbs. Among them are intriguingly scented sugars: coarse-textured orange blossom-vanilla, finer jasmine-honey and powdery clove maple. Your French toast will never be the same. They also sell butterfly pea flowers, a trendy cocktail…

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Two Divorce Lawyers Take Their Work Home

Because marriage is an ever-evolving experience, we constantly shift, change and, in some cases, start over. In It’s No Secret, couples share thoughts about commitment and tell us what they have learned, revealing their secret to making it work. (Answers are edited for context and space.) Who Dana Stutman, 54, and Michael Stutman, 65. Occupations…

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There’s a Story Around This Cake

For its new Keret Cake, Breads Bakery’s Proustian moment was a short story, “Crumb Cake,” by Etgar Keret, an award-winning Israeli author who wrote it for the bakery. The cake, a moist, slightly citrusy golden loaf topped with crumbs and bits of dried raspberry, was created by a Breads baker, with input from the writer.…

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The Bean for Your Irish Coffee

Among the beans sold by Fire Dept. Coffee in Rockford, Ill., a company founded by firefighters, are some infused with spirits, including bourbon, rum, tequila and Irish whiskey. The whiskey flavor is worth having on hand to make Irish coffee, the winter warmer soon to be in great demand. Though the whole beans smell of…

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This Shop Has Gone to the Dogs

Sergei Potekhin will not disclose how he and his wife, Lena, create their chocolate menagerie, mainly many breeds of dogs. Mr. Potekhin calls it a “proprietary technique,” though it looks like the figures in milk, dark and white chocolates are sculpted; some might also be molded. The couple started in Russia, where Ms. Potekhin worked…

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Dinners Laud Chefs at Beatrice Inn

Angie Mar, an owner and chef of the Beatrice Inn in the West Village, has long looked up to culinary giants like André Soltner, Jacques Pépin, Jacques Torres, Alain Sailhac and Julia Child. Now, to honor them, she has organized a series of dinners where some of their signature dishes will be served, and each…

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Stylist Shiona Turini Collaborates With Barbie to Celebrate Black Beauty

Shiona Turini’s history with Barbie dolls is similar to that of many black women. Store shelves would be brimming with Barbie dolls in a range of different hair color shades—blonde, brunette, red, black, etc.—but when it came to complexion shades, options were few and far between. Then, in 1980, Turini’s sigh of relief came in…

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The Whole-Grain Grail: A Sandwich Bread With Mass Appeal

ELMORE, Vt. — When Blair Marvin started making and selling bread 15 years ago, she promised herself three things: She would never preslice it. She would never bake it in a pan. And she would certainly never sell it in plastic. But three years ago, as she was helping out in the one-room schoolhouse where…

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The Culinary Couple Who Built a British Empire

LONDON — The young woman at the next table didn’t take off her shirt during the high-speed guitar riff of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain,” but it wasn’t for lack of trying. It was another raucous Saturday-night service at the North London restaurant Black Axe Mangal, and the music wasn’t even the loudest thing in the…

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