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Food writers Cathy Barrow, Aran Goyoaga, Angela Davis, Kristen Hartke and Eliza McGraw recently joined The Washington Post Food staff to answer questions about all things edible, with an emphasis on bread baking. Here are edited excerpts from that chat.

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NOTE: I am reviewing this film because of its upcoming Video On Demand release. I fully acknowledge and respect the decision to close most of the theaters in the country due to COVID-19. Stay safe, everybody.

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Five years ago, I spent the second week of March undergoing my third round of chemotherapy — the 11th week since a cancer diagnosis changed everything in an instant. My red blood cell counts were so low that I couldn’t walk up the stairs in my house without resting halfway up.

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James Beard Award-winning author Crescent Dragonwagon recently joined The Washington Post Food staff to answer questions about all things edible. Here are edited excerpts from that chat.

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There’s a big mistake at the heart of “The Invisible Man” and that’s letting us know from the very title that there is indeed an invisible man. And if there was any confusion as to the literality of that title, most of us were introduced to this film through a trailer that shows people being…

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What we practice when life is calm and predictable will present itself when life becomes more turbulent and less predictable. It is that spiritual muscle memory that we should be developing in our lives for when trouble rolls in and decides to stay for a while. The same applies to us physica…

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With “Onward,” one streak was going to come to an end. In one corner was Pixar, who after 25 years of making consistently impressive animated films, might finally release a bad one. In the other corner was 2020, which after two months had yet to see the release of a single film I’d recommend…

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As we all attempt to make sense of the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, many in the media are telling us that his legacy was flawed. Leading the pack is “CBS This Morning’s” host and Oprah Winfrey pal Gayle King who recently interviewed former WNBA star and Olympic athlete Lisa Leslie. She asked…

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St. Petersburg, Florida, is like that kid you think will never shake an awful nickname. Then she comes to school one year and she’s suddenly cool. Nobody calls St. Pete “God’s waiting room” anymore.

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Last week I looked at the nominees in the Acting categories for the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards. This week I’ll look at four more categories, even though I know we’re all here for Best Picture.

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When I was a girl in the 1980s, my parents took me to visit Orchard House, Louisa May Alcott’s home in Concord, Massachusetts. This trip inspired me as a young writer. Through her autobiographical novel “Little Women,” Alcott showed what it was like to be a professional author with her “geni…

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Crispy pizza crust is so satisfying. It’s essential if I’m going to give a pie a gold star, especially if we’re talking about the thick crust style, with the dough battling the toppings for a starring role.

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Q: I see pressure cooker recipes claiming things like a “30-minute meal” with a 25-minute cook at high pressure, but my experience is that when my Instant Pot is fairly full, the time to get up to pressure ends up being almost as long as the cooking time. (So that “30-minute meal” is more th…

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The Super Bowl may be this coming weekend, but the weekend after is the Super Bowl for movie critics: the 92nd Academy Awards. Here are my thoughts on the ever-popular acting categories, though you’ll notice that I’m consistently underwhelmed by the nominees. Feel free to have passionate opi…

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As concerns about global warming, pollution, habitat loss and plastic islands in the Pacific grow, more and more households are making small, daily changes to live a more eco-friendly life. Greener-living ideas are being chronicled on blogs, Pinterest, podcasts and Instagram, and a new gener…

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On a recent trip to Girona, in the Catalonia region of Spain, I was bombarded with signs and symbols related to the community’s independence campaign. Locals draped Catalan flags over balconies to signal their support for separatism and tied yellow ribbons on street signs to protest the jail…

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Open a jar of salsa and you’ve just completed most of the work needed to get a crowd-pleasing party snack on the table. (You also have to tear into a bag of chips, sigh, but that’s usually an even easier task.) Such convenience might explain the popularity of salsa, which famously dethroned …

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Last week I made an appointment to get my hair colored at a beauty salon in the Evansville area. I chose this salon because they have a photo of a woman whose hair is the same texture as mine in the front of the store advertising their services. My hair is very curly and slightly kinky due t…

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Back in 2014, my favorite movie of the year was “Birdman,” a chaotic comedy about a Broadway show gone wrong. The Academy agreed with me, awarding it the Oscar for Best Picture. The film took a unique approach to storytelling, making several weeks’ worth of action appear to take place in one…

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- On a personal quest to settle Mars, SpaceX founder Elon Musk envisions 1,000 passenger ships flying en masse to the red planet well within the next century, "Battlestar Galactica" style.

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- The number of trees in California's Sierra Nevada forests killed by drought, a bark beetle epidemic and warmer temperatures has dramatically increased since last year, raising fears they will fuel catastrophic wildfires and endanger people's lives, officials said Wednesday.

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Johnson & Johnson, continuing its long quest for a Type 1 diabetes cure, is joining forces with biotech company ViaCyte to speed development of the first stem cell treatment that could fix the life-threatening hormonal disorder.

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- The number of grizzly bear deaths or removals in the Yellowstone region climbed to an all-time high in 2015, but biologists say they're not worried about the animal's long-term survival in the area.

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Our cars, our homes, our appliances and even our toys: Things around us are going to keep getting smarter. In 2016, we'll entrust even more of our lives and their intimate details to machines - not to mention the companies that run them.

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The Food and Drug Administration on Friday conditionally approved an experimental Genentech drug for patients with a certain type of lung cancer who have few other options.