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03.12.14: Adam Harrison Levy

Artist’s Cookbook: David Levinthal
David Levinthal's recipes of choice, his mother's brisket and her chocolate roll, are both nostalgic and riddled with more complex meanings.
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02.26.14: Adam Harrison Levy

Artist’s Cookbook: Kiki Smith
Kiki Smith takes the body and turns it inside out. She makes art from innards. But she eats salad.
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12.31.13: Adam Harrison Levy

Designer’s Cookbook: Jake Tilson
Only in the layered, interconnected culinary world of graphic designer, artist, cookbook author Jake Tilson could huevos rancheros eaten in Los Angeles inspire someone to cook Baid Masus, or Baghdad Special Eggs, a 13th-century Arab dish.
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12.17.13: Adam Harrison Levy

Designer’s Cookbook: Louise Fili
Lousie Fili on her love of Italy, type and food.
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12.10.13: Adam Harrison Levy

Artist’s Cookbook: Joel Meyerowitz
Photographer Joel Meyerowitz's story of marriage and pasta con le sarde.
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12.03.13: Adam Harrison Levy

Artist's Cookbook: April Gornik
Artist April Gornik taught herself to cook from Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
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11.26.13: Adam Harrison Levy

Artist’s Cookbook: Alex Katz
When it comes to food, Alex Katz keeps it simple.
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11.19.13: Adam Harrison Levy

Designer's Cookbook: George Lois
George Lois designs iconic Esquire covers, but you should hear him talk about food.
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08.20.13: Alexandra Lange

Rural Vacation/Urban Questions
Driving Vermont's rural routes I began to wonder: Why does this town get a brand-new energy-efficient supermarket, and that one a minimart-slash-video store-slash-bank?
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04.01.13: Mark Lamster

How to Design an Iconic NY Fast Food Joint
Design secrets of New York fast food icons.
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07.23.12: John Thackara

The Other Green Economy
People the world over are divided between radically different conceptions of their future: resource-intensive production on the one side, versus regenerative land-based enterprises, and mosaics of micro-enterprises, on the other.
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06.29.12: Alexandra Lange

The Shape of Lunch
"Lunch Hour NYC," a new exhibition at the New York Public Library, defines the midday meal as an urban invention.
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02.14.12: John Thackara

Design In The Light of Dark Energy
A shortened version of a talk on why the world has to reduce energy consumption, the five per cent energy solution and some of the people around the world who are leading the way.
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12.21.11: John Thackara

From Milk to Superfoods: Supping with the Devil?
The social and ecological crimes Big Food is committing, in other parts of the world, so that you and I can eat what we damn well feel like.
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11.05.11: John Thackara

Turn-Key Food Hives
There's almost no contact between the health apps crowd and the food system crowd.
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10.12.11: Alexandra Lange

Should We Boycott the New Barnes?
More ethical quandaries about buildings and food.
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06.29.11: John Thackara

Geeked-out Gardening
A “computer that runs your garden” also known as an Automated Garden Facility (AGF), also known as Garduino.
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06.22.11: John Thackara

Kick-off!
This was a first for me: witnessing first-hand a Kickstarter project cross the line and go live.
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02.28.11: Alexandra Lange

Something Old, Something Green
The Ball jar: could this be our classless package?
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02.10.11: Alexandra Lange

Whatever Happened to the Dinner Party?
Why has the dinner party become an endangered species of entertainment?
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01.26.11: John Thackara

I am Compost
Something special is happening in France. A 73 year old Algerian-born farmer, philosopher and environmentalist is beginning to impact not just on the electoral process, but the culture of this resolutely human-centered, nature-dominating country.
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01.19.11: Alexandra Lange

What Should Food Look Like?
Food packaging and what it says about class.
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01.19.11: John Thackara

The Service Ecology of a City
Milan has approved a new Territorial Government Plan (Piano di Governo del Territorio) in which public services, and the way they are planned, are at the centre of the whole project.
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01.19.11: Jessica Helfand

Bring In Da Ponk!
There is a reason that most Americans don't think of roasted millet as a dietary staple, and it may have something to do with the fact that extracting it requires actually thrashing the wheat stalk from which it hails.
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01.12.11: Steven Heller

My Big Fat Fast Food Feast at Eataly
A comparison of the vast differences of Italy's Eataly to New York's.
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12.31.10: Alexandra Lange

Designing with Cookies
Arranging cookies could be the first sign of a design sensibility.
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11.05.10: Alexandra Lange

GourmetLive: The Architecture of Food
Now that we know we produce too much waste, now that aesthetics are suspect, now that we must compost or perish, how do design and architecture retool themselves for less, or better, or tastier consumption?
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10.06.10: Alexandra Lange

Yummy Too
Missing from my previous post on the Cooper Union exhibit Appetite (closing Saturday) were images of Milton Glaser's work for Grand Union.
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09.28.10: Alexandra Lange

Yummy!
I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition Appetite, curated by Alexander Tochilovsky at the Herb Lubalin Center at Cooper Union, not least because it was bite-sized.
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09.02.10: Alexandra Lange

Kitchen Godjets
The psychologists-cum-decorators in the NYT Home section “analysis” of the new rug are creeping me out.
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08.27.10: Alexandra Lange

NYT Opinionator: What's Cooking in Kitchen Design?
In Mad Men, Betty Draper has wall ovens and a stove-top island, both desirable today; the differences are the brown plaid wallpaper and cabinets made from dowdy knotted pine.
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04.15.10: Alexandra Lange

Sometimes You Just Want to Eat
I have been thinking recently that food fetishism is eating our culture.
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01.18.10: Alexandra Lange

Love and Flatware
A scene from Sleepless In Seattle makes me wonder about the idea that shared taste = true love.
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11.24.09: Alexandra Lange

Stuffed
We are hosting our first Thanksgiving, so I'm too busy thinking about food.
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10.15.09: Timothy Jack Ward

Gardens and Their Designers
When I loaded up my Budget truck and moved from New York to our nation’s capital, the last thing on, and the first thing off, was my plants.
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08.19.09: Alexandra Lange

Eye Roll for Ice Cream
A piece in the New York Times discusses parents' objections to ice cream trucks.
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08.02.09: Alexandra Lange

Cooked
McDonald's McCafe Mocha is just one more reason that America is fat.
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02.05.09: Mark Lamster

Pastrami on Rye
A new project: documenting some favorite New York dining establishments.
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