There's enough hot topics in this week's New York Times' Dining Section to last for a couple of episodes of The View:
Has Whole Foods lost their way? Is Paula Dean the Queen of Southern Cooking? What long-lost food do you long for . . . and will you make yet another Bittman bread recipe? Discuss.
From Phobia to Fame: A Southern Cook's Memoir: TV chef Paula Dean suffered from agoraphobia for two decades. She's making the PR rounds now to launch her new book. Julia Moskin gives a rounded view of Paula Dean, showing Dean's developed palate and her semi-homemade stylings.
The Ultimate Cruelty: Abandoned by Ravioli: What happens when a favorite food is no longer available where you live? Some resort to buying it online and shipping it, others try to make it at home. Do you have a story of a food that's abandoned you? With recipes for
• Is Whole Foods Straying From Its Roots?: Whole Foods is facing increasing competition from Wegmans and Trader Joes, two of our favorites. The article says some consumers see Whole
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