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  • Some people buy cookbooks for the recipes, some people buy them for the pictures or narrative. And some people buy them for all of those reasons and more. I used to collect regional cookbooks, but the massive quantity of cream of mushroom soup and spinach dip recipes became distressing so I sold them all at a yard sale.
  • The first time I dined at the 1770 House it had only been open a few weeks. It wasn’t for a review; it was for a raucous birthday dinner. We were dressed to the nines, the gents wore ties, and we tried to behave ourselves, but we were noisy and happy and delighted to be in this marvelous new restaurant.
  • Sometimes reviewing restaurants can be a bore and a chore. You have no idea how many expensive, mediocre, noisy evenings I have spent with friends trying “locally sourced” this, “artisanal” that, “farm to table” flotsam, and “muddled shrub with cranberry spheres” jetsam. North Sea Tavern and Raw’r Bar, I am pleased to report, is a new restaurant that doesn’t just talk the talk, it walks the walk.
  • Walk through an allée of bamboo and you reach the Backyard restaurant, which, on the evening of our visit, remained empty the entire time, not because there were no customers, but because everyone chose to dine outside by the pool. The restaurant itself is plain and simple, white with white director’s chairs.
  • It began in middle school. Every morning, along with Calvin and Hobbes, Tintin, and a variety of other books scattered around, under, and in his bed, I would find my copy of Edna Lewis’s “The Taste of Country Cooking.”
  • With Love From Edna Lewis
  • This space next to Sen in Sag Harbor has changed cuisines and decor quite a bit over the last few years. Phao was Thai, I think there was an Indian restaurant briefly, and there was the Cuddy, a gastro pub. Now it is Wolffer Kitchen, the first restaurant on Long Island connected to a winery.
  • Who knew heaven on earth could be filled with poison ivy, mosquitos, ticks, and no-see-ums? If you’ve ever been to Lazy Point, you know what I’m talking about. It is tranquil and blustery, secluded yet public, full of water sporty activities and yet conducive to doing absolutely none of them.

  • This is the time of year when we want to spend as much time as possible outdoors on the water, at the beach, in a park. So naturally we want to bring along foods that are easy to transport, are tasty and stay fresh, and, most important, remain safe.

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  • The following is excerpted from Laura Donnelly's restaurant review in this week's Star. More ideas for meals on the go can be found in the Star's Restaurant Guide:

    It's Columbus Day weekend AND the Hamptons International Film Festival is on the East End so I know all of you ladies and gentlemen and black-clad cinephiles want to know where to eat. With movies being shown in 6 locations from Southampton to Montauk your dining options are plentiful.