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Frank Bruni on Craig Claiborne's Rise to Fame

"He went from hardscrabble boyhood in Mississippi to high-stepping celebrity in New York, kept a work calendar indistinguishable from a roundelay of indulgence, ate his way around the world while readers hung on every bite, published one best-selling cookbook after another, and made enough money and important contacts to host or be feted with birthday parties of princely excess." --from "Contentment's Elusive Recipe," by Frank Bruni, published by The New York Times on April 9, 2012

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