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The Cutting of the Olive: Lessons in Life and Cooking From the South of France

I have learned how to cut an olive in half. I now know that in order to make pissaladière, a traditional and very popular French pizza-type dish, one sweats the onions, one does not brown them. Adding olive oil to

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The Art of Peeling Grapes In Barcelona

BARCELONA–We meet Chef Papa Serra first thing in the morning outside the sprawling Boqueria Market, expecting a porcine Spaniard with a beard, exuding twinkling-eyed Bonhomie mixed with sage observations about life and food. Instead, a trim twenty-eight-year-old New Zealander in

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When You Know Nothing, You Know Everything:Welcome To Barcelona

BARCELONA—When you finally know nothing in this fabled Mediterranean seaport city of five million, that is when you know everything. Welcome to Barcelona. Our guide through the vagaries and paradoxes of the world’s smallest big city— and the biggest small

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