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Check It Out: Food edition

Have you ever gone to a restaurant, had an amazing meal, and then wondered how in the world the chef even thought to pair pork and pumpkin in the first place? Well, you're not the only one. And in an attempt to get into a local chef's brain, I e-mailed a few.

Most didn't get back to me as of posting time, but I'm going to assume it's because they're too busy making amazing food for me to eat. Don't worry, if they ever get out of the kitchen, I'll be sure to share their favorite reads that lead to our favorite eats.

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But the incomparable Donna Crivello of Donna's made it easy for me, and responded with a few culinary classics. As a Charles Village resident, Donna's is a staple of mine. She shares insight into her inspirations, after the jump.

And if you ever wanted to decorate a cake like Chef Duff, the Charm City Cakes Web site has some literary advice for you: "If you're looking for cake technique info, check out the books Cakewalk by Margaret Braun, Cakes To Dream On by Colette Peters, and Larry Powell's Big Book of Cake Decorating."

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Happy reading/eating!

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