Danielle Crittenden
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Danielle Crittenden is a Contributing Editor for the Huffington Post Media Group. A longtime contributor to the Huffington Post, her numerous articles and essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Daily Telegraph, and the Ladies Home Journal, among other publications. A former columnist for the New York Post, she has appeared on NBC's Today show, The O'Reilly Factor, ABC's 20/20 and Nightline, and network news shows, as well as numerous programs for CSPAN, MSNBC, PBS, CNN, Fox, NPR, CTV, and CBC. She is co-author of the cookbook, From a Polish Country Kitchen (Chronicle, Fall 2012), with Pulitzer-prize winning historian Anne Applebaum, and the author of three previous books: Her non-fiction book What Our Mothers Didn't Tell Us: Why Happiness Eludes the Modern Woman (Simon & Schuster, 1999; Touchstone 2000), resulted in Vanity Fair describing Crittenden as “one of the most important new thinkers about women and family”. She also has written two works of fiction: The President’s Secret IMs (Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2007), originally published on the Huffington Post; and Amanda Bright @ Home, the first novel ever to be serialized by the Wall Street Journal(Warner Books, 2003). Crittenden was born in Toronto, Canada. She is married to journalist and author David Frum, a former special assistant and speechwriter to President George W. Bush, and contributor to CNN and Daily Beast/Newsweek. They have three children and live in Washington, D.C. and Wellington, Ontario. You can email her at Danielle.Crittenden@huffingtonpost.com

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Remembering Peter Worthington, a Year After His Death

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 9:11 AM

Peter Worthington was once asked by an interviewer what he'd like to come back as in another life. He replied, "One of my dogs."

Certainly it would've been great to have been a Jack Russell of Pete's. He famously admired and doted upon his fierce and -- as he...

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What Marcella Hazan Taught Me About Marriage (and Incidentally, Cooking)

(10) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 6:08 PM

I "discovered" Marcella Hazan, who died Monday at age 89, shortly after I got married. It was the autumn of 1988; I was 25 and a typical post-feminist bride in that I would look shocked at any suggestion from my new husband that I knew the right side...

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¡Camarero, un Martini seco con un tampón!

(42) Comments | Posted May 25, 2013 | 4:10 AM


Reconozco que no suelo beber vodka. Mi bebida es la ginebra en los meses más cálidos, y el whisky escocés en invierno. Soy muy maniática sobre el vaso en el que me sirven. Me parece que, para saborear y disfrutar la...

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What I Learned About Life From my Father's Death

(4) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 10:25 AM

This is adapted from a eulogy I gave for my step-father, the Canadian journalist and Toronto Sun founding editor, Peter Worthington, at his funeral on Wednesday. His ashes will be interred today.

In "Four Quartets" T.S. Eliot wrote:

What we call the beginning is...

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Hope, Change and Traffic Jams

(4) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 8:09 PM

It was Sunday afternoon, a time when downtown Washington, D.C., is generally empty, save for museum-going tourists. Not this past inaugural weekend. My son and I sat in grid-lock traffic, stretching the seven miles from our home to Union Station. He was supposed to catch a 4 p.m. train back...

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Introducing The School Lunch Project

(12) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 8:32 AM

Every weekday morning at 7:45 a.m., I make my 11-year-old daughter's school lunch. It is something I generally complain about doing. My daughter attends a public elementary school in Washington, D.C., at which a hot lunch is served everyday. She won't eat it. I insist she's being too fussy.


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Vi presentiamo lo "School Lunch Project"

(4) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 8:30 AM

Ogni mattina dei giorni feriali, alle 7:45, preparo il pranzo che mia figlia undicenne porterà a scuola. E' una cosa di cui sono solita lamentarmi. Mia figlia frequenta una scuola elementare pubblica di Washington, D.C., nella quale servono un pranzo caldo tutti i giorni. Lei non lo mangia. Insisto nel...

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Os presentamos el Proyecto Comer en la Escuela

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 3:29 AM

Cada día, de lunes a viernes, a las 7:45 de la mañana, preparo la comida que mi hija de 11 años tomará en el colegio. Suelo quejarme por tener que hacerlo. Mi hija va a una escuela pública de Washington D.C. en la que sirven una comida caliente todos los...

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Que mangent nos enfants à l'école: opération cantines!

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 12:31 AM

Chaque jour de la semaine, à 7h45, je prépare le déjeuner de ma fille de 11 ans avant l'école. En règle générale, je me plains de devoir le faire. Ma fille fréquente une école publique a Washington, D.C., où l'on sert un repas chaud tous les jours. Elle ne veut...

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Gourmet Polish Food? Who Knew?!

(8) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 8:14 AM

We admit: We are unlikely cookbook writers. Anne is a historian and columnist who has spent most of her career covering the politics of Eastern Europe and Russia. I'm a Washington-based journalist who has mostly occupied herself with politics and women's issues. And many people would suggest that Polish food...

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Surviving Sandy in Style

(20) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 3:33 PM

So it's raining and the gusts are picking up a little outside my window here in the Nation's Capital, but you'd think the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse were about to arrive. I don't want to underplay the hurricane ("The worst of it is coming at 4 p.m. ... no,...

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HuffPost Canada Rocks COPA Awards!

(2) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 12:12 PM

Last night I stood in the kind of hip club space I haven't visited since my 20s, jammed with nominees for the annual Canadian Online Publishing Awards. As the venue suggests, it wasn't your usual awards event: no sit-down tables and earnest acceptance speeches. Indeed the winners could...

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The Week That Was: Prince Harry NUDE PIX!

(3) Comments | Posted August 25, 2012 | 1:15 PM

Oh what a completely gratuitous way of getting you to read this blog! Shameless sensationalism, pure and simple. We try to be more high-minded than that at HuffPost, at least over here on the blog rail, where we would never post links to the red-headed royal frolicking around...

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The Week That Was: Go West, Young Website

(4) Comments | Posted August 19, 2012 | 6:54 AM

So declared our main news splash on Thursday, announcing the birth of two new regional editions of HuffPost, in Alberta and British Columbia. As other major media organizations across the country lay off staff and shutter their presses, HuffPost's expansion west is good news -- great news -- for readers...

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The Week That Was: At Least We Got Something

(6) Comments | Posted August 12, 2012 | 12:37 AM

Some of you may remember my column about the Olympic Games (of course you do, it was a literary jewel), and how I don't watch them. It was kind of a big admission. Like standing in a stadium full of Leafs fans and saying, "Hockey? It's not really...

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The Week That Was: Happy Generic Holiday Weekend

(16) Comments | Posted August 5, 2012 | 12:35 AM

So if you're reading this it means a) it's raining or b) you are in full-body traction, because every other Canadian is out celebrating... what?

The sadly, but safely, named "Civic Holiday" is one being celebrated across the country (although according to Wikipedia -- hey, it's a long...

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The Week That Was: I Admit I'm Not Watching the Olympics

(16) Comments | Posted July 29, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Does this make me a bad person? I was sitting in the HuffPost newsroom on Friday afternoon when the noise of the overhead televisions -- and the funny, running commentary of the news team -- drew me over. I watched as the surreal montage of industrial smokestacks, dancing chimney sweeps,...

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The Week That Was: Making Sense of The Senseless

(2) Comments | Posted July 21, 2012 | 9:19 AM

In the wake of the "Dark Knight" shooting, there is the inevitable and understandable desire to seek an explanation -- to make sense of the senseless. Somehow this monstrosity might have been averted -- if gun laws were different, if someone who knew the killer could have stopped the crime...

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(14) Comments | Posted July 14, 2012 | 5:45 PM

...not. Got your attention though didn't I? This week our news editor, Brodie Fenlon, sent around a plaintive request with his daily morning editorial notes:

"Wanted: News of any kind."

The old saying "No news is good news" was never said by a journalist. No news = no customers....

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The Week That Was: Dad, Thanks For Not Embarrassing Us

(3) Comments | Posted June 16, 2012 | 9:45 PM

Soooo ... on Mother's Day I'm supposed to wake up to lumpy pancakes, handmade cards, and a general, overall worshipful sense in the household that without me everyone would be river orphans. If this doesn't happen, I pretend not be offended, and stoically -- indeed dismissively, in the most good-humoured...

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