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Mostly, my work for NPR can be found in the mouthwatering weekly Kitchen Window series.  But yesterday, after collaborating with the terrific NPR books team, I released a story for another NPR series I love, ” Three Books”.  It’s not my first; I did one some years ago on “stone soup” books – books on cooking with bare-bones ingredients during lean times.

This one is kind of the opposite.  They’re “let them eat cake”  books that are so frivolous that I’ve always felt actually making something out of them is strictly optional – cakes like Colette Peters’ magnificent  trompe l’oeil stack of cushions, pictured at right.

It’s not that lean times have deserted us – far from it.  But even in lean times, you still have to feed your imagination, too, don’t you?

Click here to read Feast for the Eyes: 3 Cookbooks Just for Looking, from NPR’s 3 Books series.

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