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This has been a whirlwind week. The New York Times gave "Man with a Pan" a rave review yesterday. Click through to see why their critic Dwight Garner considers it a "a rangy, toothsome, timely and occasionally wince-inducing collection."

I spent yesterday at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, a bustling agency on lower Broadway with an amazingly helpful staff (one employee gave me a cooking tip!), getting a permit for a charity pig roast I'm organizing for Saturday, June 4, in Brooklyn, at Smorgasburg, the new food-centric Saturday market in Williamsburg, on the waterfront between North 6th and North 7th Streets.

I'll be there at 7:30 in the morning, roasting a 50-pound pig to support the Greenmarket's New Farmer Development Project. The writer Manny Howard, the firefighter Josh Lomask, and other members of New York City's Bravest. We'll be reading from the book, and, between noon and 2 serving succulent pork. Come and join us if you can!

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