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Janet Fitch on her mother's domain — the kitchen
Janet Fitch on her mother's domain — the kitchen

It's become a tradition at the L.A. Times Food section: Every year, we run a holiday essay by a noted Southern California writer reflecting the unique nature of the way we celebrate the season. This year's is by Janet Fitch, whose novels include the best-selling "White Oleander" and "Paint It Black." We won't be coming home for the holidays this year. My mother no longer lives in our rambling old Wilshire Park home. She moved out in July. She and my father bought the place in 1961, an old house even then, an old-fashioned place with a dining room and a library and closets you could walk into, a million hiding places, even a tiny door for my imaginary...

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