Emily Chang is a writer (and avid snacker) based in New York. Recipes to a Young Poet, her blog about the connection between food and literature, can be found here.

It’s Tea Time!

Exhausted from all that shopping and site-seeing during the holidays? Nothing a little tea and dessert can’t fix. Here are some of the best spots—and best pairings—to keep you going.

Would you rather eat a few flawed cookies or a single perfect one? Emily Chang finds an answer in Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. Plus, her recipe for six-minute snickerdoodles.

Perfection is hard to achieve in the kitchen, but sometimes it’s unnecessary. Emily Chang gets unlikely inspiration for an eggless dessert from the prose of Carson McCullers.