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Emma Brodie
Emma Brodie graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Creative Writing. She currently works with cookbooks, decorating books and lifestyle books at Random House

Entries by Emma Brodie

Looking for Zayn: On Love and Loss and One Direction

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 9:52 AM

Icona Pop has left the stage and the temperature of Met Life stadium climbs a few degrees as an estimated 60,000 phone screen battle of for signal threads and an estimated 60,000 hearts start beating a little faster in anticipation of the main act: One Direction.

Harry gallops down the...

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10 Reasons Why I Heart DQ (And You Should, Too)

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 12:17 PM

One day last June, the desire to watch Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman came to me in a flash. I have no idea why. Maybe I was thinking about putting my hair in a top-bun, or maybe I was visited by an angel. Some things we'll never know. 8 months later,...

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Holiday Survival: Life Recipes for Office Parties, Winter Shoes, and Seasonal Drinks

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 7:13 AM

Seasonal Recipe Medley

Recipe for Winterproofing Leather Shoes


You're still into the ankle boots you bought in October, it's not that. It's just that now that it's cold and the streets are paved with gross you're starting to wonder if these shoes...

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What I Learned About 'Legacy' After Losing My Grandmother

(1) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 10:08 AM

There's this song I know from when I was little called "By the Beautiful Sea." I haven't thought about it in a long time, not until this past week when I was jumping a wave in the Atlantic Ocean and noticed the keen absence of my grandmother, who died a...

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Recipe For When Someone Is Allergic To Your Face

(2) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 12:04 PM

A mystery is afoot: something keeps derailing your conversations with so-and-so. You hear yourself say nice, normal words, but somewhere between your mouth and so-and-so's ears a nefarious switch occurs that causes her/him to react as if you're wearing puppies.

The mystery itself is pretty simple. Here's a recipe...

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Recipe for Getting Back on the Wagon

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 11:40 AM

You were doing so well consistently going to the gym, sorting your inbox, working on your painting, keeping your dream diary, etc., that you're almost shocked at how easy it was to just not do it one day. And then to not do it the next day. And then to...

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Recipe for Standing Up to a Sneaky Bully

(2) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 7:54 AM

There are the bullies you see on TV who are big, stupid, and say things like "why don't you make like a tree and get out of here," and then there are the sharks who escape not only the supposedly inevitable bully destiny of pumping gas, but -- thanks to...

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Recipe for Effective Spring Cleaning

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 8:47 AM

In life, three things are certain: death, taxes and occasionally having to clean out your closet. Whether you're as spare as Ghandi or as lavish as Imelda Marcos, it can be hard to muster up the chops for Spring Cleaning. A little strategy can help make the cuts less tough.

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Recipe for a 45-Minute Vacation

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 12:24 PM

Spring is technically here, but jetting off on a spring break seems about as likely as your paperwork stack alphabetizing and filing itself. The litany of things exhausting you is starting to sound like a Shania Twain song, which makes you realize that you've actually started fantasizing about that "Honey,...

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On Turning 25 and Losing My Apartment

(10) Comments | Posted March 16, 2014 | 9:35 AM

When I look back at these past few weeks from the quiet future, they will stand out for two reasons. The first is that I had my 25th birthday, and the second is that I unexpectedly lost an apartment I love.

As I take stock of my all my...

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The Magic Mirror's Recipe for Laughing at Yourself

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 5:18 PM

Category: Life Jamz

The Magic Mirror's Recipe for Laughing at Yourself

Platinum-era Daniel Powter couldn't have written this one better: Your landlord just kicked you to the curb (Lease? What lease?), the song that plays when your crush thinks of you is whatever sound never makes and you lost...

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Recipe for When You're Worried Your Friend Is Mad At You

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 8:31 AM

Category: Palz

Recipe for When You're Worried Your Friend Is Mad At You

She says everything is okay, but she's short, avoiding eye contact, and doing that enforcer thing with her arms where she folds them without tucking in her hands... bottom line is, she's mad. You want to make...

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Recipe for a Nancy Drew-Style Outfit Upgrade in 90 Seconds (or Less)

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 7:16 AM

Category: Life Jams

Recipe for a Nancy Drew-Style Outfit Upgrade in 90 Seconds (or less)

Surprise! Your friend needs a last-minute plus-one/a guy you like has apparated at a party/your boss is one row ahead of you at a Sunday matinée of Frozen... and you're wearing a Hanes tee-shirt and...

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Recipe for Having a Snow Day at Work

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 7:42 AM

Category: Adventures

Recipe for Having A Snow Day At Work

Are you sad because fluffy white goodness is swirling outside your boss's window and you're sitting in a cubicle? Time to put that unofficial Ph.D in Microsoft Outlook to good use and block yourself off a mini snow-break.

Recipe Yield:...

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Recipe for Staying Home Sick When Your Mom Isn't Around

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 7:48 AM

Category: Adulting

Recipe for Staying Home Sick When Your Mom Isn't Around

When your head is under water, your stomach is on strike, or your throat feels like the inside of a knife block, it's natural to want to stay home and have someone take care of you. Of course,...

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Recipes for the Modern Woman

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 10:56 AM

If there's one thing I've learned working around cookbooks, it's that the best recipes are the product of a lot of experimentation. I'm not so good with food, but I really like learning about people, having adventures, laughing... and protocols. Here are some recipes I made.

Category: Life Jams


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On Gladness and Quitting and Being 24 in New York

(39) Comments | Posted October 12, 2013 | 9:47 AM

A couple of weeks ago, I read Why I'm Glad I Quit New York at Age 24 by Ann Friedman, and am surprised to find myself still thinking about it even after I've exhausted the game of city-to-crush-prototypes sparked by my first perusal. Well, I guess it's not...

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I Love You Like a Roller Rink Rite Aid

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2012 | 11:29 AM

Christmas cards are like third string NHL players -- they may not be as big and scary as first line rites of passage, but they're still unnerving when you try to check them off. I've recently felt something mutate in my DNA, and I'm pretty sure it was my Christmas...

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To Bed or Not To Bed? That Is The Question

(6) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 10:28 AM

Bedrooms are nice places; I can't think of another kind of room in which I'm ever as relaxed. For the most part, I've managed to make sound decisions about what I do and do not invite into my bedroom, with one glaring exception... that being my bed.

I have...

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Dating According to Disney

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 1:45 PM

To celebrate the announcement of Disney's newest princess movie, Frozen, here is a small compendium of Disney dating advice through the ages... everything from date prep to post-date etiquette and, of course, true love:

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