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Jamie Schler
Jamie Schler is an American living and eating in Europe, former Art Gallery Manager, Culinary Guide & Interpreter, food magazine Assistant Editor and Milliner among other odd jobs, now a full time food blogger and writer, author of Life’s a Feast.

Entries by Jamie Schler

Holiday Gift Guide for the Food Lover: Cookbooks!

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 12:06 PM

Thanksgiving is over and our eyes are now steadfastly turned towards Hanukkah and Christmas. We've started our holiday lists, noting ideas next to each name in search of the perfect gift(s) for our family and friends.

I know that if you are on this food page and that if...

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Best Cookbook Gifts for the Cooks and Food Lovers on Your List

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 8:43 AM

"Central heating, French rubber goods and cookbooks are three amazing proofs of man's ingenuity in transforming necessity into art, and, of these, cookbooks are perhaps most lastingly delightful." - M.F.K. Fisher, Serve It Forth, 1937

The holidays are a time for coming together with friends and family, baking and cooking...

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An Abundance of Easter Peeps

(3) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 1:48 PM

So I've become the "Peeps Lady."

Friends and acquaintances send me images of marshmallow bunnies and chicks dressed as bikers, in police lineups and pole dancing, atop cakes and swimming in vodka. I've seen photos of Peeps jewelry, swimsuits and shift dresses, Peeps topiaries and centerpieces. And I have been...

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One Great Passover (and Gluten-free) Cake Two Ways

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 12:55 PM

Passover is upon us and as we clean out the house and kitchen, get rid of all wheat and grain products, as we lock our flour, yeast and baking powder away with so many of our other baking products, we ponder what sweet treats and desserts we can serve our...

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The Restaurant Dilemma: Kids or No Kids?

(4) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 12:02 PM

Tbl brings 8mo.Old. It cries. Diners mad. Tell ppl no kids? Subject diners 2crying? Ppl take infants 2 plays? Concerts? Hate saying no,but... THE tweet from @Gachatz

Our son must have been not more than 8 or 9 months old at the time. We had been visiting my...

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Visions of Sugarplums Danced

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 4:07 PM

(Or, how I got a skeptical Frenchman with Grinch-like tendencies to like Peeps, making his heart grow three sizes just in time for Christmas.)

I opened the large white carton with curiosity and anticipation, feeling very much like Pandora innocently opening the mysterious box only to release what should have...

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Holiday Gifts for the Food Lover and Cook

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 3:13 PM

Making a list and checking it twice...

Christmas is approaching quicker than quick and Santa is desperately checking his good list against his list of gifts, making sure that there is something for everyone and that everyone will be pleased as punch (or eggnog) with what he or she finds...

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Holiday Gifts for the Food Lovers on Your List: Cookbooks

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 3:24 PM

"The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read." - Abraham Lincoln

With both Hanukkah and Christmas right around the corner and coming at us faster than Santa's sleigh with a tailwind, it is...

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Hooked: Hook Kids on Fishing

(4) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 11:35 PM

All of a sudden, going fishing wasn't such an imposition.

- Tim McGraw, Live Like You Were Dying

Sofia. A tiny handful of a girl, maybe 6 or 7 years old, pleasantly plump with a blazing personality to match her vibrant eyes. She expertly slips a bit of...

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Edible Americanness

(6) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 8:25 PM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

The biggest dilemma for an American expat living immersed in a foreign culture and lifestyle is knowing how to hold onto one's Americanness. And when raising...

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Heartbreak Recovery Kitchen: Food Therapy

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2013 | 8:12 AM

Heartbreak Recovery Kitchen is a lighthearted look at life's woes with drool-worthy recipes that make people happy. - author Jeanne Ambrose

The misery of a love affair gone sour or the excruciating pain of divorce; the niggling discomfort of a blind date gone wrong or not getting a call back...

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Mini Treats And Hand-Held Sweets By Abby Dodge

(3) Comments | Posted December 30, 2012 | 7:54 AM

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of Mini Treats & Hand-Held Sweets from Taunton Press publishers. I am also a personal friend of Abby Dodge. But the choice to write this review as well as my honest opinions given here are all my own. The decision to bake as much...

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Kids' Food: Feeding Our Children

(6) Comments | Posted September 1, 2012 | 5:03 AM

I recently had a tussle on a comment thread of a Huffington Post article. First Lady Michelle Obama, as part of her "Let's Move" campaign, the article explained, had hosted a State Dinner for Kids at the White House. Mrs. Obama and her team,...

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Happy Birthday, Julia And Thank You For The Gift

(11) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 8:01 AM

I was given a set of "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" in 1986 just after I had moved to France, which was, when I come to think of it, a bit like bringing coals to Newcastle or, as I did, bringing a pasta machine to Italy. Although...

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This Little Piggy Went To Market: Where Does Your Meat Come From?

(27) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 10:15 AM

In 1988, I brought my French husband home to the U.S.; as well travelled as he was for 30 years old, this would be his first trip to the States.

Shortly after our arrival, we made our first visit to the local supermarket, one of several national chains in...

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Hazan Family Favorites: A Cookbook Review

(2) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 10:35 AM

Mangiare per vivere e non vivere per mangiare.

Eat to live and not live to eat.
- Italian proverb

A great cookbook is like a good friend: it is ever-present, reliable and trustworthy, offering unequivocal pleasures, comfort when comfort is needed, joy in the everyday.

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One Man's Meat is Another Man's...

(30) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 10:52 AM

There's a show on French television that I love: Rendez-vous en Terre Inconnue, Rendezvous in an Unknown Land. The host of this astonishing program takes a French celebrity, a singer, actor, director or comedian, to an unknown destination (unveiled while they are sitting in the airplane) to spend two weeks...

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In Defense of Dessert: Is It Really Healthy?

(21) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 1:05 PM

I recently wrote a piece published on Huffington Post bewailing the deluge of junk food posing as the home baked and home cooked on so many American food blogs, the glamorization of gaudy sweet treats concocted from industrial, packaged, processed foodstuffs for a large reading public. I wondered...

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You are What You Eat: a Food Blogger's Dilemma

(85) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 5:55 PM

Information spreads, food cultures merge, and awareness grows. America has embraced the green, the local and the seasonal, organic is all the rage and farmer's markets are the latest trend. Culinary discoveries surround us, new cuisines and exotic ingredients now a simple shopping trip or internet connection away. There has...

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Chocolate Espresso Cake For Valentine's Day

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 7:55 AM

Each and every year, as we inch towards that most passionate of holidays, Valentine's Day, we begin the search for the most special gift or treat to offer our dearly beloved; we begin shifting through recipe after recipe looking for the most extravagant, drop-dead gorgeous, romantic meal -- okay, who...

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