Bake some crab cakes

Bake some crab cakes

Good morning. It’s a great newspaper section that we printed last night, rolled into blue bags and delivered to our subscribers’ front doors this morning.

I loved Kim Severson’s profile of the Gullah Geechee chef Emily Meggett, a woman who has never used a cookbook in her life and who just published her first,”Gullah Geechee Home Cooking: Recipes from the Matriarch of Edisto Island† I make her for sure crabcakes (above) coming soon. maybe her benne cookiesat.

Loved reading our Becky Hughes about what might be the drink of the summer: the Dirty Shirleya vodka-enriched accounting of that kids menu standby, the Shirley Temple† The drink, Becky writes, “reverberates the Juicy Couture, bright pink, low-rise post-Y2K aesthetic.” When you order one, a TikTok influencer named Tiff Baira told her, “you feel like Paris Hilton could get that.” Will you join us? (Me: hard pass.)

David Tanis gave us a very mature menu for the season: beetroot soup with tarragon, chives and yogurt to start, roasted wild salmon with ginger-lime butter to follow, and a cherry compote with almonds for dessert. That would be a great meal to plan for the weekend. Get out there!

And Melissa Clark stopped with a spring meal bang: polenta with asparagus, peas and mint† “It looks fancy but is extremely easy to make,” she wrote, polenta topped with “a quick braise that combines asparagus and peas with shallots, vermouth, and loads of fresh mint.” That’s definitely my dinner tonight.

Unless… Maybe this chicken with apricot, tamarind and chipotle sauce† This one fried snapper with Creole saucetempeh tacos

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Now it’s a long day of galloping all things fermented donuts or garlicky snails, but Molly Young is right: Norman Mailer’s”The Song of the Executionerdoes have gravity. I read about it in her newsletter and immediately pulled it off my shelf. I’m glad I did.

Eleven Tony nominations for “A strange loopon Broadway! Here’s Maya Phillips’ great review of the musical in The Times. If you’re in New York or coming soon, it’s time to book tickets.

Joan Latchford was a nun who left her calling in the 1960s and 1970s to photograph people in Toronto. Toronto Life Assembled a look back, and Haley Steinberg wrote the introduction. Spend some time with that.

Finally Eric Burdon was born on this day in 1941. He’s 81. Here he is with the animals, singing”Do not let Me Be Misunderstoodon the Ed Sullivan Show in 1965. Wild! I’ll be back on Friday.