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The Pan Snob

David Leite faces his phobia of pans with a hole in them, as he refers to Bundt pans, when he’s elected to bake an Ina Garten cake for a Hollywood party.

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A Man and His Stove

Stove fanatic David writes about his obsession with his Viking stove, nicknamed Thor, its massive BTUs, and its sleek lines. The stove is his power.

Windows on the World

Windows on the World’s Dacquoise

Windows on the World was one of New York City’s finest restaurants. David, a former waiter, remembers a special moment: a private sunrise breakfast from the 107th floor.

Grenache Wine

To Sink or Swim in a Glass of Grenache

At a tasting of Michel Chapoutier’s wines at Restaurant Daniel, David Leite learns a thing or two about wine, tasting, French food, and how to fake it.

Lost in the Atlantic: The Azores and its Hearty Food by

Lost in the Atlantic: The Azores and Its Hearty Food

The Azores, the nine-island archipelago 1,000 miles off the coast of Europe, has simple, rugged Portuguese food and recipes all its own.

Pistachio Gelato

Abstinence Makes the Taste Buds Grow Fonder

Ice cream, gelato, semifreddo are all favorites of food writer David Leite. Here he outlines the exercise regimen he underwent just to eat gelato.

Avo (Vovo) Costa and Me

Capturing My Portuguese Family’s Recipes

David Leite learns the best way to get his family’s Portuguese recipes, and discovers their history, by videotaping his mother while she cooks.

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