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Leah Eskin

Leah Eskin writes the Sweet Life column, which means she is obliged to bake and taste a lot of desserts. Rough duty! She is the owner of Crumble Handmade Pastry and the author of the memoir Slices of Life: A Food Writer Cooks Through Many a Conundrum. A Midwesterner at heart, she currently lives with her husband in Baltimore, Maryland, where, when not baking, she is either swimming or walking her chocolate Lab, Milo.

When it comes to the shape of scones, should we say yes to tradition or no to scraps? Our writer weighs the possibilities.
Judy Garland clicked her heels to go back in time. But blueberry pie works too.
The Parent Trap, it was not. But sleepaway ballet camp taught a lesson for a lifetime.
A flaky braid holds a filling of roasted rhubarb and almond paste—and memories of a long-ago lesson in the art and science of puff pastry.
Slip yourself one of these insanely rich cookies on those gray afternoons when only chocolate will do.
What is the modern baker to do with a surplus of boxes? Perfect a recipe to mail, with love.
History (and a chance to learn from it) hides everywhere. Even in our kitchens.
Little known nautical fact: The best fuel for a day on the water is a milkshake.
Midwest Living columnist Leah Eskin creates her dream carrot cake—and discovers that a good recipe (just like life amid a pandemic) is all about balance.