Brave new kitchen (no room for cooking)

New York Times

John Pawson is a name that carries as much weight in food circles as Alain Ducasse does at Home Depot. Architects instantly recognize him as a master of minimalism. But cooks, even those outfitted with everything by Alessi, are not thinking of him — or any other designer — when they light up the stove. Apparently all that is about to change. Continue reading

Pot luck

New York Times Magazine

For a refugee from a small town, Manhattan always feels like the luckiest place to be on New Year’s Eve. It’s the one night when my consort and I can walk out our front door and into the park at midnight to toast city life in an effervescence of fireworks and Champagne.

The next day, though, my pessimistic roots resurface. I have to have black-eyed peas. Continue reading