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Day 3: Detox Salad (and taking time to rest).


This morning marks the end of the Week 1 of The Cookbook Diaries. Hard to believe, that after so many years of dreaming, that this is actually happening! Starting next week, there will be weekly newsletters for those of you who've signed up (and if you haven't, just enter your email in the sign-up box on the homepage - ...more

Gluten-Free Blue Cornmeal Waffles


Hello friends! I know it's been awhile since I posted–this month has been a bit crazy juggling a month-long freelance job (with regular office hours!), writing assignments, and normal life stuff (like cooking for 50 for a friend's birthday). Last weekend I snuck away for a much-needed little getaway to Jamaica with my man (will post pictures was heavenly!). All of this has kept me a tad busy and I find myself having to choose ...more

Tuscan White Bean Soup with Swiss Chard

Tuscan White Bean Soup

I love days like today. Blue sky, crisp, cool early fall days where the air feels clean (even in NYC) and you need a scarf to stay warm. Sweater-and-boots weather, as my friend Chrissy says. Not cold yet, just cool enough to make me crave a hot cup of cider or a bowl of soup. In fact, on days like this, soup is exactly what I'm craving. I love to have a big pot simmering on the stove, letting its delicious aromas fill the apartment. My go-to ...more

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In the Kitchen With a Good Appetite
Melissa Clark
Around My French Table
Dorie Greenspan
Sunday Suppers at Lucques
Suzanne Goin
Real Food Fast
Nigel Slater
Kitchen Express
Mark Bittman

My name is Anna Watson Carl. In a word, I love food, I love France, and I love throwing dinner parties. Over the years, I've worked as a personal chef, taught cooking classes, edited cookbooks, written for magazines, tested and styled recipes, and traveled whenever opportunity has arisen. But at heart, there's nothing I love more than sharing a meal with friends around the yellow table.

For me, cooking has always been a way of life. As a (mildly precocious) ten-year old, I planned and prepared a four-course Valentine's dinner for my parents, birthing a lifelong passion for dinner parties. That was just the beginning. I've been cooking ever since, whipping up souffles at a chateau in Burgundy, searing filet mignon for a wealthy client's dog (bizarre, but true), butchering ducks for confit de canard in Paris, baking the night shift in Nashville, and bathing the floor of my NYC apartment in turkey brine...the story continues.


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