The Price of Saffron Rises; Is Julia & James Next?

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• The price of saffron is nearing $3,000 a pound. [WSJ]

• The grand-nephew of M.F.K. Fisher is writing a book about the friendship between his great aunt, Julia Child, and James Beard. [NYO]

• Speculation that Gourmet and Bon Appétit could have their publishing schedules reduced is running wild at Condé Nast. [NYO]

• Elaine Kaufman of Elaine's is a serious art collector. [NYP]

• Bay Ridge band Southern Comfort has been served a cease and desist by the liquor Southern Comfort. [Brooklyn Paper]