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Big-Time Bread Guy Waxes Rhapsodic on Baguettes

A couple of weeks ago Steven L. Kaplan, a Cornell University professor of European history and the author of a pile of well-regarded books on the history and appreciation of French bread, breezed into town to rate New York's best baguettes, the surprising results of which you can find here. After the professor had thoroughly sniffed, squeezed, sawed, and sampled his way through a baker's dozen of the city's best, we asked him how a nice boy from Brooklyn became the world's leading authority on French bread, why the baguette, and the proper way to eat one.

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