Western cultures since the Roman Empire have known that parsnips have delicious applications well beyond the standard purées and braises. We seem to have forgotten recently how versatile they are. One bite of this earthy, perfectly spiced parsnip cake, and you'll remember.
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It's funny how those we've never met can move us, I thought this morning, as I brushed back a tear after reading Miep Gies's obituary in the New York Times. Back in my high school theater days, I had played Miep in a production of The Diary of Anne Frank, and ever since then, I've felt a curious kinship with her.