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“We ate our way through the Eisenhower recession, the Cuban missile crisis, Vietnam,” and a smorgasbord of other tragedies, says New York Post gossip maven LIZ SMITH of her ready-for-prime- rib social circle in DISHING (Simon & Schuster). This sassy memoir-with-occasional-recipe is the Fort Worth native’s lip-smacking tribute to her favorite foods, the memorable places she has eaten, and most of all, the marquee-worthy people she’s broken bread with. The name-dropping inspires awe (Dick and Liz, Kate Hepburn—you get the picture), but Smith gossips with such relish that only a curmudgeon would take offense. Her self-deprecating manner and easygoing wit make Dishing a page- turning hoot. And the recipes look good enough to eat.