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Peel roots of family, mince memories of childhood with a thick, sharp cleaver, saute in oil of academia, throw in a red-hot pepper of war, add one fresh love apple, grind farce meat of marriage, and pass through a fine sieve. Stuff with eggs, fold in kids, splash with cold postpartum vinegar, add exotic vegetables, whisk in a liaison or two, add a dash of sherry, toss in dried bitter herbs, throw in a beurre noir divorce. Simmer for several decades. Garnish with laurel leaves and serve. Cookbook author Betty Fussell serves up her flavorful and filling memoir, My Kitchen Wars, tonight at 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Liz Eckstein)