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Chef Chat: We Pick The Brains Of Ottolenghi And Tamimi

The London-based duo have achieved international fame with their wildly popular restaurants and best-selling cookbooks rooted in Middle Eastern traditions. Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi dropped by NPR to talk food philosophy and kitchen must-haves.

Even When It Hurts 'ALOT,' Brosh Faces Life With Plenty Of 'Hyperbole'

On her Hyperbole and a Half blog, Allie Brosh writes stories about her life illustrated with a "very precise crudeness." Most are lighthearted — about her dog or her favorite grammatical pet peeve ("a lot" vs. "alot) — but her most popular posts have also been the most upsetting, about her crippling depression.

In 'Fire And Forget,' Vets-Turned-Writers Tell Their War Stories

Roy Scranton and Jacob Siegel edited and contributed to the collection of short stories by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They tell Fresh Air about how soldiers cope with the fear of death, and why many soldiers feel conflicted about sharing their experience with a larger audience.

A Panorama Of Devastation: Drawing Of WWI Battle Spans 24 Feet

Joe Sacco has made a career of tackling difficult subjects through imagery. He's a journalist and cartoonist who has reported on the Middle East and Bosnia — in both written and comic form. In his latest book, The Great War, Sacco turns to history, producing a 24-foot-long depiction of the horrifying first day of the Battle of the Somme.

How Cynthia Rylant Discovered The Poetry Of Storytelling

Award-winning author Cynthia Rylant's pictures books revolve around children relying on their families for love and support. To write a good children's book, she says, "you have to be a good poet." Her latest book, God Got A Dog, is a collection of poems that only took her a day to write.

Stories Probe The Hidden Grievances Of Class

The stories in Russell Banks' new collection, A Permanent Member of the Family, all share a sense of sadness. Banks joins host Rachel Martin to talk about how he begins his tales.

'Days Of Fire': The Evolution Of The Bush-Cheney White House

Peter Baker covered the George W. Bush administration for The New York Times. In his new book, Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House, Baker takes a second look at those controversial years.
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Writers In Schools Program

The PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools program brings resources both routine and unusual into D.C. classrooms. Copies of books for students to read are followed by a visit from the author who wrote the work. We talk with D.C.-based authors George Pelecanos and Dolen Perkins-Valdez about what keeps them going back to classrooms again and again.


Ex-Ambassador Examines U.S., Pakistan Relations

Steve Inskeep talks to former Pakistan Ambassador to the U.S. Hussain Haqqani about his new book: Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States and an Epic History of Misunderstanding.

Roy Choi's Tacos Channel LA And The Immigrant Experience

The Los Angeles chef says the Korean taco was "like a lint roller," pulling its chefs' backgrounds into one food truck offering. Choi's new book, L.A. Son, tells his story of addiction, culinary success and growing up Korean in Orange Country, Calif.