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Louise McCready Hart
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Because her own mother didn't like to cook, Louise McCready watched the Food Network, read cookbooks, and worked at a catering company. After transforming a summer of truffles, gelato, and olive oil in Florence, Italy into the Lexington Herald-Leader’s quarterly travel section’s cover piece, she knew she wanted to combine her two passions: writing and food.

During a semester abroad in Paris, Louise not only perfected her French and sampled France’s several hundred cheeses, but she also started visiting daily markets to pick the freshest produce and chat with the merchants. Returning to Paris for the following two summers to work at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, Louise researched and wrote a book on the biographies of the 20th Century U.S. Ambassadors to France which will be published in 2010. She is currently a freelance writer and has worked at Gourmet (RIP) and Vogue.

From an initial interest in food, chefs, and restaurants, Louise now understands the proverbial power of the fork. Deeply concerned about the effects of humans' insatiable diet on the environment, animals, and other people, she tries to convince others that the words sustainable and local are creeds to live by, not just popular buzzwords. Louise earned a B.A. in French and English, with a concentration in Creative Writing, at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters degree at NYU’s Journalism School in their magazine department. For daily doses of her writing, check out www.bluegrassfed.com.

Entries by Louise McCready Hart

'BREASTMILK,' a Documentary By Dana Ben-Ari, Premiers

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 5:21 PM

Opening this week in New York is Breastmilk, the first documentary on nursing that follows five new mothers as they navigate the uncharted waters of breastfeeding. In her debut film, Ben-Ari subtly asks where breastfeeding fits into the lives of today's 21st century post-feminist, professional women?

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Discussing "The Glow: An Inspiring Guide to Stylish Motherhood" With Violet Gaynor and Kelly Stuart

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 5:10 PM

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Last week, The Glow: An Inspiring Guide to Stylish Motherhood hit shelves. Billed as "the parenting book for the new generation of hip moms" it features "a rare glimpse into the world of fashionable mothers at home." The coffee table book...

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The Faithful Scribe's Author Shahan Mufti on Writing, Pakistan, and Family

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 12:53 PM

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Here in the U.S., Pakistan is never far from front-page news. The latest headline is U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's defense of drones and warning that Pakistan risks losing financial aid if key supply routes are not protected. In The Faithful...

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What Is -- and Isn't -- Working in Health Today

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 2:18 PM

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Recently, I went to the "What Is Working: Health" panel discussion hosted by The Huffington Post. Moderated by Arianna Huffington, the panelists included Joy Bauer (founder of Joy Bauer Nutrition Centers), Deepak Chopra (founder of The Chopra Foundation and The Chopra Center for...

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Recipe-Specific Meal-Delivery Websites Part IV

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 9:43 AM

Cooking at home has never been more appealing--everyone knows cooking at home is healthier, less expensive, and infinitely more satisfying than eating out or takeout. But have you tried selecting a recipe online lately? Or felt guilty throwing away a rotting bunch of parsley after using only a couple sprigs?...

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Recipe-Specific Meal-Delivery Websites Part III

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 1:59 PM

Cooking at home has never been more appealing -- everyone knows cooking at home is healthier, less expensive, and infinitely more satisfying than eating out or takeout. But have you tried selecting a recipe online lately? Or felt guilty throwing away a rotting bunch of parsley after using only a...

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Recipe-Specific Meal-Delivery Websites Part II

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 10:39 PM

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Cooking at home has never been more appealing--everyone knows cooking at home is healthier, less expensive, and infinitely more satisfying than eating out or takeout. But have you tried selecting a recipe online lately? Or felt guilty throwing away a rotting bunch of parsley...

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Recipe-Specific Meal-Delivery Websites Part I

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 2:07 PM

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Cooking at home has never been more appealing -- everyone knows cooking at home is healthier, less expensive, and infinitely more satisfying than eating out or takeout. But have you tried selecting a recipe online lately? Or felt guilty throwing away a rotting bunch...

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I Love New York With Chef Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 12:29 PM

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Rather than resting on their three-Michelin-starred laurels, Chef Daniel Humm and general manager Will Guidara decided to present the best of what local food producers offer at Eleven Madison Park. I Love New York includes nearly 150 recipes -- for the home...

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Cook It Raw

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 9:49 AM

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Cook It Raw, the annual gathering where today's most innovative and avant-garde chefs explore environmental, cultural and social issues through gastronomy might be the world's most talked about, yet simultaneously off-the-record, culinary event. That is until now.

Cook It Raw co-founder...

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An Inside Look at the Lost Art of Bookbinding With Paper Dragon Books

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 6:07 PM

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"A persistent and obsessive character may be necessary to be a good bookbinder," says Gavin Dovey, a design bookbinder and founder of Paper Dragon Books.

Paper Dragon Books clients include LVMH, the New York Public Library, the Pier Pont Morgan Library,...

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How To Boil An Egg With Rose Bakery's Chef

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 9:21 AM

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While advertisements for the incredible, edible egg aren't as prevalent as they once were, eggs are an essential part of any bakery and restaurant--from pancakes and muffins, custard tarts and quiches, cakes and cookies, to soups, salads, and sandwiches. But no chef has celebrated...

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Where Chefs Eat / 2300 Recommendations Around the World

(4) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 11:35 AM

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Over four hundred chefs have given restaurant recommendations in Where Chefs Eat, "the ultimate insiders' guide". Thanks to better working hours and cheaper travel, dining out in the cities where they work in or locales around the world is...

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Ballet-Inspired Workouts Across the Country and in Your Own Home

(3) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 12:25 PM

We've learned from watching The Nutcracker and, more recently Black Swan, that dancers have enviable arms, high and tight derrières, lean legs, and regal posture. Several ballet-based workouts -- or empires -- have emerged in the last decade with the premise that the best way to achieve these long muscles...

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New Year, New You: Cleanse Comparison

(8) Comments | Posted December 29, 2012 | 12:00 PM

Holiday season is nearly over and if you've enjoyed yourself, chances are your pants are a little tighter than they were earlier this fall. With dozens of cleanses out there, I conducted a side-by-side comparison of several to start the year on the right foot. As each of the cleanses...

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Mark Bittman and Florence Fabricant on Cookbooks, Food Blogs, Apps and Foodies

(3) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 6:22 PM

Yesterday, a panel hosted by NYU debated why books and benchmarks matter to introduce the release of 101 Classic Cookbooks, 501 Classic Recipes. I had the opportunity to discuss the future of cookbooks, food blogs and apps, and the term "foodie" with Mark Bittman, bestselling cookbook author and New York...

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Magnus Nilsson On Fäviken

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 11:37 AM

Fäviken, the "world's most daring restaurant," is a 12-seat barn on a 24,000-acre hunting estate 375 miles north of Stockholm, in northwestern Sweden. As a teen, the chef, Magnus Nilsson -- who has been described as "part Viking lumberjack and part Shaman" -- created a 20 year business plan that...

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La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2011 | 1:21 PM

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Over a couple glasses of wine, a business acquaintance from France quickly became a close friend as we discussed the differences in dating in France and America. I tried to explain that dating was a game with strict rules (1. Double the...

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Jonathan Waxman on His New Cookbook, Italian, My Way

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2011 | 3:35 PM

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Last December, I fell in love the first -- and only -- time I've eaten at Barbuto. Seated at the intimate, rough hewn wooden chef's table in the kitchen, I was inundated with the rich smells of roasted chicken,...

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Gabrielle Hamilton on Blood, Bones & Butter

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2011 | 10:53 AM

2011-03-04-GabrielleHamilton.jpg Gabrielle Hamilton's lavishly acclaimed and highly anticipated memoir, Blood, Bones & Butter, is now available. As anyone who has read reviews of it or The New Yorker or The New York Times excerpts...

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