When Ruth Reichl spoke at the 92nd Street Y on April 20, she offered strategic praise of New York’s locavore movement: “What’s happening in New York now is pretty extraordinary. You can eat locally all year round. It’s probably more interesting than in California,” she says. “You have to be a more creative cook.” Watch the video to learn why Reichl blames (and thanks) her mother for her indomitable palate.
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