Diana Henry's Harrisa Roast Carrots with Dill

You get to a point in your life when you realize someday is now. That’s what happened to me with photography. You see, like most thirteen year-old-girls, I was obsessed with taking pictures. My dad is a photojournalist turned photo operations manager, so in the early ’90s, I permanently borrowed his old Canon camera body and lenses and blew through several dozen rolls of film (film!) taking terrible, blurry, grainy still lifes. I read every book in the house about photography and was convinced that the forthcoming digital revolution would ruin the art. (Ha!)

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No-So-Molten Chocolate Cakes

You’ve probably heard the lore before: Legendary chef Jeans-Georges Vongerichten pulls a tray of chocolate sponge cakes from the oven too early, considers it a happy accident, and molten chocolate cakes (aka lava cakes) go on to become THE dessert of the ’90s. Lucky Peach did a more thorough exploration of the cakes’ history, which includes the fact that chocolate cakes with liquid centers can be traced back further to the runner-up of the 1966 Pillsbury Bake-Off, who created the Tunnel of Fudge.

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This easy take on a Spanish tortilla uses tortilla chips instead of potatoes.

Since I handed in the manuscript for Modern Potluck last year, I’ve been helping birth other people’s books in one way or another, including acting as a ghost recipe developer. The creative energy I’ve used for those recipes has zapped me of energy to write my own recipes or even to cook anything new. Now that this project is winding to a close, I’ve been spending some time with my nose buried in new cookbooks, which, if I were truly to live my best life, I would do every day.

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Photo by Yossy Arefi

Photo by Yossy Arefi

Technically, we have about three weeks of the season left, but Labor Day always seems to put a nail in the summer coffin, doesn’t it? If you’re looking to make something for an upcoming party or picnic, might I suggest something from (ahem) Modern Potluck?  Some of my favorite writers and photographers have been sharing recipes from the book all around the Internets. Here, find links to many of the recipes below. Hope you find something tasty!

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