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A Cook's Notebook: Pears

From: Ali Berlow
Series: A Cook's Notebook
Length: 02:55

An artist paints pears. Read the full description.

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A Cook's Notebook - reflections on food and cooking in our kitchens and in our lives - airs weekly on WAMC PROMOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST Accompanying recipes available at www.cooksnotebook.com

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Review of A Cook's Notebook: Pears

The description of pears is at once sensuous and mouth-watering, or perhaps sensual. I can't decide - both really, since the remarks on their curves and beauty sounded like the description of a Rubens painting. Yet good enough to eat... This is the very kind of piece that you'll only hear on NPR. It draws you in and beckons you to imagine the scene in your own mind's eye. It is more a sound painting than an aural experience.
Wonderful.

Transcript

?Just a bunch of peacocks? she thought to herself. ?They look like they?re looking at my pears but they?re really just comparing shoes and cleavage.? The art gallery was packed for her opening ? people stood three-deep gazing at paintings of D?anjou, Bartlett and Comice. They sipped chardonnay and sparkling water while they tried to make poignant, clever remarks about the pears, the artist or a pear torte they once had. But mostly they talked about how So & So?s gained weight, the real estate market or their most recent trip to Tuscany. She really hated going to these things but the gallery owner insisted saying it was good for business.

Each of her canvases held one curvaceous fruit suspended in time and space. One was a blushing orange Seckel ? squat and shapely and there was a lime-green Forelle, speckled ? hovering over a sea of magenta. The long, elegant neck of a Bosc pear look...
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