We have reached our 2010 fundraising goal thanks to the last-minute contributions of Richard Brand, John McVey, Marsha Botzer, Karen Moller, Miriam Adams, Michael & Therese Pacheco, Melissa Smith & David Saslav, and Frank Lieser Hill. Many, many thanks to all who have generously supported our efforts. Best wishes for the New Year.


Note from the Editors

2010 has gone by so darn fast that it's hard to keep in mind that time is a constant actuality. Whatever one does, one ages. At Swans we have been fortunate to keep scuttlebutt at bay. We have tried as hard as could be to remain unduly mischievous and critical of the powers that be. We've also tried to offer alternatives...to no avail. No one cares, it seems. Status quo reigns supreme.

We also have worked very hard to bring you what we hope was quality content. How hard? Just read the report written by Gilles d'Aymery. It's been a tough year... We will have to take it a bit easier on ourselves in 2011. At least for all his sacrifices, Gilles has been rewarded with an uncommon gift, bread that could rival the famous pain Poilâne. And since we are in a festive mood Jan Baughman is sharing the recipe she stumbled upon after a painful, 20-year quest to find good bread. Call it your lucky day. It's the best bread west of Paris. Happy cooking! as Jacques Pépin would say. As usual, we end with your thoughtful letters on our year-end perspectives.

Now, without further ado, here comes our impishly -- and traditional -- Infamous Predictions™. If you find them unduly prankish, don't worry -- they won't harm you as much as going through the body scanners at your local airport.

With gratitude for the donations we received, let's look forward to the next issue that will be published on January 17, 2011. Sincere greetings for the New Year.

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Swans' Definite Predictions

SWANS:  2011 Predictions

Swans annual irreverent, humorous, and sometimes prescient predictions for the year 2011, in which everyone and everything is subject to our silly prognostications.   More...


Happy Cooking!

Jan Baughman:  No Pain, No Gain

The 20-year quest for good bread in America comes to an end thanks to a 2-hour class and a ridiculously simple technique.   More...


Happy Cooking!

Gilles d'Aymery:  2010 Stats In A Nutshell

Gilles d'Aymery offers a glimpse into the inner workings of Swans with 2010 statistics and answers to frequently asked questions about the Web site.   More...


Letters to the Editor


Readers' perspectives on Swans year-end perspectives: graceful, important, provocative, straightforward, bleak but accurate, and more on French socialists.   More...


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Created: December 27, 2010