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Dan Rattiner speaks with Florence Fabricant, New York Times food writer and critic – Episode 89

Who’s Here in the Hamptons

Episode 89: This week on the “Dan’s Talks” podcast, Dan speaks with Florence Fabricant, lauded New York Times food writer and critic. The East Hampton resident has authored numerous cookbooks, and she is known to fans of Guild Hall as the host of the museum’s Stirring the Pot culinary conversation series, the next of which takes place on Sunday, August 7 at 11 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at guildhall.org. Find the “Dan’s Talks” podcast at DansPapers.com/podcast.


21 Jul 2022

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April 11, 2022 Christopher Smart, David Burke, Elsie Esterhuysen, The Ladies' Village Improvement Society Cookbook by Florence Fabricant, and the Desegregation Commemorative Garden

The Daily Gardener

Subscribe Apple | Google | Spotify | Stitcher | iHeart   Support The Daily Gardener Buy Me A Coffee    Connect for FREE! The Friday Newsletter |  Daily Gardener Community   Historical Events 1722 Birth of Christopher Smart, English poet. He was known for his pen name as the midwife "Mrs. Mary Midnight."  The back half of Christopher's life was spent in madhouses or prisons. He wrote his long religious poem, Jubilate Agno (Rejoice in the Lamb), in a debtor's prison. It includes the words, For the flowers are great blessings. For there is a language of flowers. For the flowers are peculiarly the poetry of Christ. In this same poem, Christopher praises his beloved cat Jeoffry. The Jeoffry verses inspired Oliver Soden's whimsical biography of Jeoffry, which debuted in April 2021 to the delight of cat lovers everywhere.  In 1752, Christopher published The Hop-Garden, a long poem of 733 lines about a hop garden that tells the reader how to cultivate hops. The poem is part personal history and part instruction.  In The Hop-Garden, Christopher mentioned the river that ran past his childhood garden, and he dedicated the second half of the poem to his dear friend Theophilus Wheeler. Christopher was in the middle of writing The Hop-Garden when Theophilus died during his sophomore year at Christ College.  After The Hop-Garden was published, Christopher's friend, Samuel Johnson, said the poem was proof that, one could say a great deal about cabbage. In the poem, when a storm threatens the harvest, Christopher writes, Haste then, ye peasants; pull the poles, the hops; Where are the bins? Run, run, ye nimble maids, Move ev’ry muscle, ev’ry nerve extend, To save our crop from ruin, and ourselves. Christopher Smart died in debtor's prison in London in 1771, at 49.   1897 Death of David Burke, English plant collect and gardener. The Veitch nurseries became obsessed with the painting of a Pitcher-plant (Nepenthes Northiana) by Marianne North. After Marianne's death, Veitch sent David on his first collecting trip with Charles Curtis to bring back specimens of the North Pitcher plant. During the trip, David discovered the beautiful Leea amabilis, which is now a popular tropical houseplant that features dark, jagged-shaped leaves with have white color along the midrib. David continued to travel extensively for James Veitch & Sons, and he collected plants in British Guiana, Burma, and Colombia. David was honored with the naming of a pitcher plant he discovered called Nepenthes Burkei.  In the Philippines, David also collected Phalaenipsis stuartiana. He found the orchid growing abundantly along the coastline, where it thrived being sprayed by the ocean. The Veitch firm praised Burke's writing. This traveller (Burke) crossed a greater area of the earth's surface and covered more miles in search of plants than any other Veitchian collector, with the possible exception of the two brothers William and Thomas Lobb. The writer Sue Shephard wrote a biography of the Veitch family, and in it, she described David as Veitch's strangest, longest–serving and most adventurous orchid collector. James Veitch once remarked,  Burke was one of those curious natures who live more or less with natives as a native, and apparently, prefer[ed] this mode of existance. In 1896, David left on what was to be his final voyage. He died of cholera on Ambon island.   1912 Birth of Elsie Elizabeth Esterhuysen, South African botanist. Elsie's been described as the most outstanding collector of South African Flora. She collected over 36,000 herbarium species. A botanist at the Bolus Herbariumin Cape Town, Elsie was humble, and she would never publish the results of her work under her own name. After Elsie died, over 200 people gathered at her memorial, which featured three tributes from her botanist family. The botanist John Rourke recalled, It’s an astonishing fact that for the first 18 years of her employment she received no proper salary and was paid out of petty cash at a rate not much better than a laborer. She did not collect randomly; Elsie was above all an intelligent collector, seeking range extensions, local variants, or even new species, filling voids in the Bolus Herbarium’s records, often returning months later to collect seeds or fruits that were of diagnostic importance. […] Always self-deprecating, one of her favorite comments was ‘I’m only filling in gaps’.   The botanist Peter Linder said, She was what I thought a botanist was supposed to be. She was in the mountains every weekend, and came back with big black plastic bags full of plants, that she sorted and passed to Gert Syster to press.  Elsie taught me that each species has an essence, a character—that it liked some habitats but not others and that it flowered at a particular time.  ...She was interested in the plants themselves—she cared about them.   The botanist Ted Oliver remembered, Her mode of transport was the bicycle (we have her latest model here today). She rode to the University of Cape Town up that dreadful steep road every day for a lifetime, come sunshine or rain, heat or cold. Now one knows why she was so fit and could outstrip any poor unsuspecting younger botanist in the mountains! Every day she would come up and park her bicycle behind the Bolus Herbarium building and then often jump through the window in the preparation section rather than walk all the way around to the front door.   Today there are 56 plant species and two genera named for Elsie Esterhuysen.   Grow That Garden Library™ Book Recommendation The Ladies' Village Improvement Society Cookbook by Florence Fabricant This book came out in 2020, and the subtitle is Eating and Entertaining in East Hampton. Well, this is another book that I wish had debuted before the pandemic because I think it would have been so much more popular had it come out, say, in 2018. Nonetheless, it's not too late to discover this fabulous cookbook. This is a cookbook for all seasons, but I think the cover just screams summer and eating outside in your garden. So if you're going to get this book, now is the time. Martha Stewart wrote the forward to this cookbook, and I wanted to share just a bit of what she talks about here because she's introducing us to the LVIS, or the Ladies Village Improvement Society. This group of women has done so much to make sure that the natural beauty of the Hamptons stays intact, and Martha alludes to adhere in this forward. She writes, I bought my home on Lily Pond Lane almost thirty years ago. Much has changed in Easthampton since then. Many new houses have been built, and countless new stores have opened on Main Street and Newton Lane. The summer populations have swelled, and the beaches have become more crowded. But some things have remained the same. The giant Elm trees that tower over the highway leading into town are still green and stately. The roadsides are still planted with lovely Maples and Lindens, offering shady avenues and streets on which to walk or bicycle. The scenic Village Green and its iconic pond populated by pairs of plump swans are still the backdrop for many thousands of photographs throughout the year. And the Ladies Village Improvement Society can claim bragging rights for the glory of this scenery. There is no better time to be in East Hampton than in mid-summer when the trees are leafed out, the roses are blooming, and the ocean is beautiful. And then there are the farmer's markets and the farm stands displaying their freshly harvested vegetables. It's a beautiful sight to see. And as Martha indicated, this volunteer organization, the Ladies Village Improvement Society, has done a lot to ensure that the Hamptons retain their natural charm. Now a lot of these women are gardeners and cooks. So you can imagine the beautiful recipes -the over 100 recipes - in this fabulous cookbook, and many of them are garden to table. The other thing that's really fun about this book is that the Hamptons is all about entertaining. And so, these women are sharing their go-to recipes for all kinds of gatherings - whether you're talking about dinner after a movie or lunch by the pool - whatever the occasion, there are delightful suggestions here. There's a Fettuccine recipe that's got Asparagus and Blue Cheese. There's a fabulous Bittersweet Chocolate Pound Cake. Bonnie Reiff-Smith shared her recipe for Perfection Pork Chops. There's an excellent Zucchini Sausage Quiche - another great recipe for using your zucchini. There's Moroccan Carrot Salad and a fabulous Sunflower Seed Salad along with Whole Roasted Cauliflower - that's fantastic as well. Anyway, I could go on and on. This beautiful cookbook is so fun. This book is 256 pages of more than 100 recipes for food and drink, and it's all put together in 20 different menus with directions on how to make any of your gatherings extra special. And it really is a beautiful cookbook for summer - and the price is right, too. You can get a copy of The Ladies' Village Improvement Society Cookbook by Florence Fabricant and support the show using the Amazon link in today's show notes for around $9.   Botanic Spark 2014 On this day, a dedication ceremony was held at the University of South Carolina in honor of the new Desegregation Commemorative Garden on the side of the Osborne building. The garden was established to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of desegregation at the college. Student Government President Lindsay Richardson read a poem by USC Poet Nikky Finney called The Irresistible Ones, which is inscribed on a granite plaque in the garden and reads, THE IRRESISTIBLE ONES ROBERT ANDERSON, HENRIE MONTEITH, JAMES SOLOMON They arrive knocking at Osborne’s great garnet door.  They want to study mathematics, join the debate team, and sing in the choir.  They are three in a sea of six thousand.  With each step they pole vault shards of doubt, sticks of dynamite, and stubborn hate mail.  With them arrives the bright peppermint of change.  The new laws of the new day can no longer resist these three irresistible ones, in a sea of six thousand, stepping through a door now garnet and black.   Thanks for listening to The Daily Gardener And remember: For a happy, healthy life, garden every day.


11 Apr 2022

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Dan Rattiner speaks with Florence Fabricant, writer and food critic for the New York Times – Episode 37

Who’s Here in the Hamptons

EPISODE 37. This week on ‘Dan’s Talks’: Dan speaks with Florence Fabricant, writer and food critic for the New York Times. In the podcast, Fabricant discusses where the culinary world has taken her over the years, from her start at the East Hampton Star to her travels through France, India, Peru, and Japan.


14 Jul 2021

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The Ghost Kitchen Trend? Florence Fabricant of The NY Times Explains

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Why have famous folks including Maria Carey, Uber founder Travis Kalanick, and Flavortown Mayor Guy Fieri jumped on the ghost kitchen trend? Is this pandemic-era phenomenon here to stay? Joining us to talk about these virtual restaurants and what they’re all about is Florence Fabricant, the legendary food columnist from The New York Times. Florence also shares the best ways for publicists and entrepreneurs to pitch her and how she got her start in food media. Also, find out why Lia Ballentine of the Yum Day snack company thinks Kaitlin Mogentale of Pulp Pantry is the Bombe. Today’s show is supported by Mango and Peppercorns: A Memoir of Food, An Unlikely Family, and the American Dream by Tung Nguyen and Katherine Manning, out March 16th from Chronicle Books.


1 Mar 2021

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Florence Fabricant & Belinda Chang

The Connected Table Live

New York Times Food & Wine Writer Florence Fabricant covers culinary news, trends and the restaurant industry. Author of 13 cookbooks, Fabricant shares helpful meal planning tips and recipes from her book, "The Ladies' Village Improvement Society Cookbook" (Rizzoli). JBF Award Winning Sommelier Belinda Chang has worked at many top restaurants in NYC, Chicago and beyond. Now she hosts luxury virtual wine and food events, many to support workers in the restaurant community in times of need.


16 Apr 2020

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Florence Fabricant - Food and Wine Writer for The New York Times

One Woman Kitchen

Florence Fabricant is without a doubt one of America's most important and prolific journalists. As a Food and Wine Writer for The New York Times for decades, she's considered an authority on all things food, including new products, trends, chefs, and restaurants. She is a powerhouse. Florence is also the author of 13 cookbooks, including her newest "The Lady's Village Improvement Society Cookbook". During the summers you can find her in East Hampton, where she conducts the popular program at Guild Hall called "Stirring the Pot"; she interviews the biggest names in the food world. Florence shares her journey with author and chef Rozanne Gold, who (despite knowing Florence for 40 years) did not know the stories in this interview. Funny, engaging, delightful.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


18 Mar 2020

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Live from Author's Night! Florence Fabricant, The New York Times Food Editor

Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books

Listen in to this LIVE podcast from Author's Night, the East Hampton Library benefit, to fabulous Florence Fabricant, the uber-important food and wine writer and editor of the New York Times. She talks about her latest cookbook (of 12!), her favorite dish to cook (hint: it rhymes with my-yay-ya), how she went from stay-at-home mom to rock star food writer in the 1970s and her tips for cultivating kids with sophiticated palettes. 


12 Aug 2018

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Episode 183: Florence Fabricant, The New York Times

All in the Industry ®️

On today's episode of "All in the Industry", host Shari Bayer is joined by legendary food and wine writer Florence Fabricant of The New York Times. Florence writes the weekly Front Burner and Off the Menu columns in the Times, as well as the Pairings column, which appears alongside Eric Asimov's monthly wine reviews. Florence is also the author of 12 cookbooks, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College, with an M.A. in French from New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Florence holds L’Ordre National du Mérite from the French government, and is a member of Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. Today's show also features Shari's PR tip, Speed Round, Industry News, and Solo Dining experience at Kish-Kash, chef/owner Einat Admony's new restaurant in Manhattan's West Village serving North African Jewish Cuisine and Traditional Moroccan Couscous. Listen and subscribe at Heritage Radio, iTunes, Stitcher or Spotify. Follow us @allindustry. All in the Industry is powered by Simplecast.


11 Jul 2018

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Episode 63: Florence Fabricant, Pascaline Lepeltier & Andy Bennett

Food Talk with Mike Colameco

Mike Colameco kicks off _ Food Talk _ this week on the line with Florence Fabricant, legendary food critic for The New York Times, chatting about her book “City Harvest: 100 Recipes from Great New York Restaurants.” The new book features an exclusive collection of 100 delicious new recipes benefiting City Harvest, the renowned food-rescue organization that feeds over 1.4 million hungry New Yorkers every year, from star chefs including Dominique Ansel, Tom Colicchio, Daniel Humm, Anita Lo, François Payard, Marcus Samuelsson, Ivy Stark, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.  Florence highlights her insightful notes on using leftover ingredients and second helpings, making this an ideal cookbook to return to again and again.  After the break, Mike welcomes Master Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier and Chef Andy Bennet of Rouge Tomate, prepping for an official reopening, and discussing the importance of their healthy menu and, of course, the vast variety of wines offered.  Perhaps one of the few restaurants employing a full time nutritionist, Andy shares a great overview of his cooking philosophy, plus the group discusses the recent news surrounding Danny Meyer eliminating tipping at his restaurants. “We’re trying to produce something that is delicious and a byproduct of that is it’s healthy for you.” [32:00] –Chef Andy Bennett on Food Talk

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15 Oct 2015

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Episode 4: Florence Fabricant


Meet Florence Fabricant, known to some as “Flo Fab”. Florence Fabricant is a nationally renowned food writer and columnist who contributes regularly and frequently to the New York Times dining section. She is the author of 11 cookbooks, including, most recently, a book written with The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). Florence’s other books include The New York Restaurant Cookbook; The Great Potato Book; Venetian Taste; Florence Fabricant’s Pleasures of the Table; New Home Cooking; The New York Times Dessert Cookbook; The New York Times Seafood Cookbook; and Elizabeth’s Berry’s Great Bean Book (with Elizabeth Berry). She is familiar to regular readers of the New York Times, who have come to look forward to her articles on food and the people who make it. She also contributes to the paper’s wine column. Florence can make or break a food business in this city – and the country at large for that matter. On Evolutionaries, find out how she found food writing, how she maintains such high standards and why it’s still hard to turn down a pitch even after all these years. This program was sponsored by Fairway Market.


22 May 2013