Sure, it’s easy to mock the Brooklyn artisanal movement, with its scruffily bearded craftsmen, consciously sourced $9 chocolate bars, and breathless media hype (guilty as charged). But there’s a genuine—and undeniably delicious—business boom taking place, and it might be getting too big for its own beloved borough. By Benjamin Wallace
On the Cover: Inset portraits by Jonathan Nesteruk for New York Magazine. Product photos by Michelle Feffer. Needlepoint by Nadia Lachance.
The soon-to-retire Massachusetts congressman looks back on his three decades in the House, recounting what it was like to come out to Tip O’Neill, how Newt Gingrich ruined Washington, and why Obama’s post-partisan dreams were delusions from the start. Interview by Jason Zengerle
John Friend was the charismatic leader of a feel-good, all-American yoga empire, 600,000 strong and counting. Then his disciples woke up one morning to discover that their guru smoked pot, had sex with his students, and ran a Wiccan coven. “All my friends are gone,” he says. By Vanessa Grigoriadis
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According to the Romney campaign, the president has declared hostilities against just about everything Americans hold dear. And the Obamans are firing back. Duck.
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“I want a willow tree and a magnolia tree in my yard. I want peace.”
The sushi Establishment finds a new home in Neta.
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Is listing ingredients on the bottle a sign of oenological transparency or TMI?
For locavores, April is the smelliest month.
Pistachios move out of the nut bowl and onto the menu.
Robbing the Getty Museum with Malibu’s most whimsical maniac.
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Two decades after My Girl, Anna Chlumsky returns with Veep.
Vice-President Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays petty politics in HBO’s Veep.
At Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya, chefs Eric and Bruce Bromberg take a culinarily inclusive approach.
Readers sound off on Ray Kelly, John Mack, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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