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Recently, Robert McMaster, of Williamsburg, a retired biology professor at Holyoke Community College published "All the Light Here Comes from Above: The Life and Legacy of Edward Hitchcock," a biography that traces Hitchcock's rise from poverty in Deerfield, where he was born in 1793, through the end of his life, much of which was spent trying to reconcile his faith with science.

Not many people can say they've gone from a ski chalet in Japan to a culinary school in the mountains of Mexico to the Berkshires in search of the ultimate "foodie getaway," but that's just what the hosts of "The World's Most Amazing Vacation Rentals" do in an episode devoted to "Gourmet Stays."

The Berkshires — more specifically its farm-to-table food scene and a unique vacation rental, The Playhouse, in Lee — are front and center in the last third of episode six of the new travel show, which debuted on Netflix on Friday, June 18. 

In New England, there are two ways to make a lobster roll; the right way and the wrong way. 

Lobster rolls are part of a larger debate at the center of most of David Page's new book, "Food Americana: The Remarkable People and Incredible Stories behind America’s Favorite Dishes," about regional cuisine and its national availability. (Lobster rolls, he writes in the book, gained national attention in 1997 when they were "discovered" on chef Rebecca Charles' menu at the Pearl Oyster Bar in New York's Greenwich Village.)