By Anne Levin

Photography by Tom Grimes

To reach The Farm Cooking School in Stockton, you turn off Route 29 at the sign for Tullamore Farms onto a rutted, bumpy road. Almost immediately, if your windows are open, you notice a change in the air. It’s cooler. It smells good.

You drive up the tree-shaded road and park behind the barn, just across from the 18th century farmhouse that Ian Knauer, who started the school just over a year ago, has turned into a cozy teaching kitchen. If you’re lucky, three of the farm’s resident goats might gambol over to greet you, bleating as they usher you across the road to the stone steps that lead to the kitchen. more

By Greta Cuyler

Photography Courtesy of John Donges and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

When surgeons remove cancerous cells from inside a person’s body, they rely on sight and feel to determine if they have gotten it all. With up to 50 percent of surgical patients experiencing a local reoccurrence of the cancer (from cells that were missed), it’s critical that doctors find and remove it all. Now researchers have discovered that an FDA-approved dye accumulates faster in cancerous cells, so injecting the dye into a patient will cause the diseased (often microscopic) cells to glow bright green under an infrared light. This innovation— not yet ready for mass use— was discovered at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet). more

From Pulitzer Prize winners to former Secretaries of State, some of the world’s most influential minds have also established themselves as college professors.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

There’s a key question involved in the college course selections for the upcoming semester – “Who’s the professor?” While most faculty require a quick search on the oft-used website, other names speak for themselves. Here, Princeton Magazine highlights an elite sampling of celebrity professors teaching courses this fall. more

web 1“In light of the library’s importance in teaching and research at Princeton, the University has committed to a comprehensive renovation of Firestone Library. The renovation is conceived as a long-term project with multiple phases that will take almost 10 years to finish, during which time the library will remain open and its collections available during normal hours of operation.” —

“renovation” — to make changes and repairs to (an old house, building, room, etc.) so that it is back in good condition.

By Ellen Gilbert

Situated at the corner of Nassau Street and Washington Road, Princeton University’s Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library is often referred to as the University’s “main library.” University Librarian Karin Trainer diplomatically refers to it as “the mother ship.” “A key priority” of the renovation, says James P. Wallace, the Campus Architect who is charged with overseeing the project, “is reinforcing Firestone’s central role on campus, and increasing scholarly use of the building and collections.” more

Interview by Taylor Smith

Photographs courtesy of Semester at Sea

Semester at Sea (SAS) is a multiple country study abroad program open to qualified full-time college students at colleges and universities both domestically and internationally. The University of Virginia is the program’s academic sponsor and credit earned is transferable to a student’s home institution. SAS offers a wide variety of coursework, along with relevant field studies that provide meaningful engagement within the global community. Lauren Judge, Director of Public Affairs at SAS, spoke in-depth about everything from the faculty who serve on board to application suggestions for prospective students. more

By Linda Arntzenius

Longwood Gardens is known for its son et lumiere fountain displays. Three years ago, it brought the light installations of British artist Bruce Munro to its visitors. It was the artist’s first large-scale solo exhibition this side of the pond and it drew huge crowds. (See Princeton Magazine, August, 2012) With Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience by Klip Collective, the horticultural garden is set for another blockbuster.

Like Munro’s show, this new exhibition turns Longwood into a magical night garden, captivating children, grown-ups, garden enthusiasts, and photographers alike. It takes the artistic melding of light and landscape to a new level. more

doc00422620150708091002By Stuart Mitchner

First things first, whatever the opposite of “foodie” is, I’m it. While my wife may also make faces at that precious little word, she fits the dictionary definition and then some of “a person who enjoys and cares about food.” Say the name “Yotam Ottolenghi” and her face lights up. Say it to me and I go “Duh?” My wife came of age in Los Angeles eating Mexican food along with other ethnic fare. I grew up in Indiana eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. If it were possible to estimate my consumption of PB&J, I might rate a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Until I met my wife, an artichoke was as alien to me as an ottolenghi.


I spent a year in India without eating curry. Not until after the marriage vows did I take the spicy plunge, and now it’s the one thing I can cook without the help of a cookbook. Yet here I am, contemplating Yotam’s latest, Plenty More (Ten Speed Press $35). The subtitle says it’s about Vibrant Vegetable Cooking. If you look through the big full-color world of images between the covers, some 339 pages, the vegetables are nothing if not vibrant. They do everything but dance on the page. You can get drunk just looking at them. In fact, just looking at the one-word chapter titles on the contents page becomes an activity in itself. You get Tossed, Steamed, Blanched, Simmered, Braised, Grilled, Roasted, Fried, Mashed, Cracked, Baked, and Sweetened. Which, now that I think of it, is one way of describing what happened to me in India and on the way there and back. more


7PM: Screening of the classic Alfred Hitchcock film North by Northwest at the Princeton Garden Theatre.


11AM: Princeton Farmers Market in Hinds Plaza adjacent to the Princeton Public Library (repeats weekly through Thanksgiving).


11AM: Tiger Tales at Princeton University’s Cotsen Children’s Library. This interactive story time repeats weekly.


See why The Bent Spoon has been stealing the hearts of ice cream lovers near and far

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

With over 550 farm fresh flavors in rotation– including a constant supply of chocolate and vanilla – it’s no wonder that The Bent Spoon has developed a cult-like following in Princeton, New Jersey. Aside from promoting local businesses, the state of New Jersey, and organic eating, The Bent Spoon has also encouraged Princetonians to get experimental with their ice cream.

The quaint shop offers 24 flavors at a time, each inspired by seasonal New Jersey produce. That means there are summer ice cream flavors like sweet corn, basil, and Beach Plum currently available, while flavors like pumpkin and shiitake mushroom will make their debut this fall. Although most people don’t associate fruits and veggies with a decadent dessert, The Bent Spoon proves that produce is possibly at its best when made into ice cream.  more

Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society presents its 2015 Historic House Tour The Next Generation on Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The tour will feature six historic homes and the First Presbyterian Church, c. 1839. Additional buildings include the Gristmiller’s House, c. 1868 (now Cranbury History Center); Firehouse Museum, c. 1920; United Methodist Church, c. 1848; Town Hall & Gourgaud Gallery, c.1896; and the Garrett P. Voorhees House, c. 1834 (now Cranbury Museum).  more

The Brandywine River Museum of Art bids a temporary adieu to Jamie Wyeth’s famous “Portrait of Pig” (1970) as it heads to the Denver Art Museum through February 2016. An official goodbye party will take place on Thursday, August 27 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Activities will include creative selfie-taking in front of the pig, painting a card for “Den Den,” and the chance to win a prize package from the Museum. There will also be the opportunity to partake in making a pig sculpture. more

Princeton Garden Theatre will screen the classic Hitchcock romantic-thriller North by Northwest (1959) on Wednesday, September 2 at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Starring Cary Grant, James Mason and Eve Marie Saint, the film is full of memorable scenes including the crop-duster attack and the Mount Rushmore climax. North by Northwest is one of several Hitchcock films with a musical score by Bernard Herrmann. In addition, the opening sequence was directed by graphic designer Saul Bass. In 1995, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress. more

EvangelineArea resident Hester Young will be launching The Gates of Evangeline (G.P. Putnam’s $29.95), her debut novel, Wednesday, September 2, at 7 p.m., at the Princeton Public Library. The first in a planned trilogy, the book is about a grieving mother whose dark visions bring to light secrets that affect those around her. 

In a starred review Publishers Weekly called The Gates of Evangeline “haunting, heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful….Young handles the spectral elements with restraint as her tremendously sympathetic heroine seeks to build a new life after death.” According to Kirkus Reviews, “the hothouse atmosphere of Evangeline and the tortuous and tangled motives of its denizens make for an enjoyable puzzle box of a mystery. An eerie but inviting debut.”

Jedediah Berry, author of the Hammett-prize winning The Manual of Detection, writes, “In Hester Young’s haunted Louisiana, the ghostly labyrinth of the past opens its great doors to deliver up a lush gothic thriller. The Gates of Evangeline is a darkly marvelous debut, a classic whodunnit stitched with otherworldly chills.” more

Beginning on September 5, Terhune’s Van Kirk Road Orchard will be open for picking (weather permitting) every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The orchards will remain open through the month of October. Apple varieties include Early Fuji, Empire, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Jonomac, Jonathan, Liberty, McIntosh, Macoun, Red Delicious, and Stayman Winesap. To find out which varieties are ready for picking on any given day, call the Farm Store at (609) 924-2310. more

Friday, August 21

11 a.m.: Tiger Tales at Princeton University’s Cotsen Children’s Library. This interactive storytime repeats weekly. For more information, visit

3 p.m.: Native Plant Sale at D&R Greenway Land Trust, Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton. more

Living history at Princeton Battlefield State Park and a Shakespeare play

Come out to Princeton Battlefield State Park on Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. to find out why the Battle of Princeton in 1777 was such a crucial turning point in the American Revolution. See the 43rd’s Royal Artillery give demonstrations, learn about Washington’s strategy, make ice cream, see examples of colonial medicine and cooking, and much more. Children and families will also have the opportunity to tour the Clarke House, learn how a musket works, and to meet General George Washington.


“My Earth is Somebody’s Ceiling”

Meredith Remz returns to Small World Coffee with a solo exhibition of 43 collage paintings. This event will feature live music and refreshments. “My Earth is Somebody’s Ceiling” will run from now through October 6, 2015 with an opening reception taking place on Friday, September 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibit and opening reception are free to the public, child-friendly, and the collection will be for sale.

Remz is a BFA graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Her paintings and sculpture can be viewed at St. Peter’s Medical Center in New Brunswick and Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead.  Additionally, local business, Princeton Pi & Yogurt recently purchased one of her 9-foot Princeton Tiger collage paintings. more

Celebrate the reopening of elements by trying these exceptional entrees

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

The critically acclaimed upscale eatery, elements, has a new home in downtown Princeton as of August 11, 2015. With its reopening at 66 Witherspoon Street, gastronomes can continue to savor Chef Scott Anderson’s award-winning “interpretive-American” cuisine, but in an exquisite new venue that only enhances the experience. more

Babydoll 1Artistic Director Emily Mann and leads Dylan McDermott and Susannah Hoffman discuss McCarter Theatre’s upcoming production of “Baby Doll” Tuesday, September 1, at Princeton Public Library. The McCarter Live at the Library event is at 7 p.m. in the Community Room.

Mann will direct the darkly comic drama she adapted for the stage with Pierre Laville. Joining the discussion will be “Baby Doll” leads Dylan McDermott and Susannah Hoffman who will talk about the joys and challenges of bringing the tale to life. Based on the controversial 1950s Tennessee Williams film, “Baby Doll” is the story of a failing cotton gin owner, his beautiful, childlike, 19-year-old wife and the man who plots to seduce her. The production opens September 11 and runs through October 11.

Seating for this event will be on a first-come, first-seated basis with a line forming at 6 p.m. The doors to the Community Room will open at 6:30 p.m. Additional seating will be available just outside the Community Room and in the first-floor fireplace area where the event will be simulcast.

All Princeton Public Library programs are free and open to the public. If programs require registration, preference is given to library cardholders. more

Friday, August 14

8:45 p.m.: Free, outdoor screening of the children’s movie Shark Tale at Princeton’s Palmer Square Green.

10 p.m.: Meteor Shower Watch at St. Michael’s Farm Preserve hosted by D&R Greenway Land Trust. RSVP by emailing jwatson@drgreenway.orgmore