The SMITH Diaries Project

Out of the Frying Pan Archive

On Sushi, Tomato Roses and Race Relations

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

As time passed things veered from the outrageous to the simply comical. Though we’d only developed and tested about half of the enormous menu’s recipes, Ryan moved Brandon and I from the home kitchen to the restaurant. There we were entrusted to set up the kitchen––installing shelves, assembling equipment and doing all sorts of other [...]

Tears From a Honey-Soy Emulsion Clown

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

If upstate New York was my Egypt, then Delaware, I thought, was to be my milk-and-honey filled Promised Land. That was my first mistake. Delaware is no one’s promised land. If I was Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt and what I encountered was Delaware, I’d have turned right back around and explained to [...]

This Is Not a Food Blog

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

I repeat: this is not a food blog.
When it comes to food, blogs are the domain of the fanatical restaurant groupies, the gourmet jetsetters, the gastronomic literati and the occasional Julia Child obsessed secretary. Blogs are home to boring recipes, long debates about overpriced cookware, and gossip about whether Rachel Ray looks chubby in her [...]

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