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Later Liederman renovated Manhattan Market, transforming it into Chez Louis, an homage to chef Antoine Magin of L'Ami Louis in Paris, which garnered raves for its succulent roast chicken and crisped duck fat potatoes. He and his wife, Susan, who is also an outstanding chef in her own right, then opened Restaurant Luna, a lofty space with a wood-fired oven in Mount Kisco, which they ran successfully for 13 years before he wisely saw the restaurant business slowing. They sold the restaurant in January 2007.

Today, Liederman no longer owns David's Cookies—he sold it to Fairfield Gourmet Foods Corp. after building it into a $35 million business, garnering praise along the way from luminaries such as New York Times food critic Mimi Sheraton—but is considering reconnecting with his cookie roots. He hopes to bring back the original David's Cookie under a new name within the next year. He is also eager to get back in the restaurant business, but he plans to wait out the recession in order to make his next ventures equally as successful.

In the meantime, Liederman and his wife enjoy cooking in their own professional kitchen, which boasts a wood-fired pizza oven and state-of-the-art, restaurant-grade appliances. They are a big hit at Halloween, when they invite the neighbors over for an annual pizza party. And no surprise: All the kids know theirs is the house to hit, and over 1,000 trick-or-treaters show up for some serious treats.

Meanwhile, gift tins of Feed your Soul cookies will be devoured, the crowds will line up for a dose of schmaltzy humor and a pound of Nova at Zabar's, an eight-year-old may discover the world of Fat Witch brownies and Amy's bread at Chelsea Market, bachelors will feast on pastrami, chopped liver and tongue sandwiches at the Second Avenue Deli, and at a brasserie called Klee, a litigator reborn as a restaurateur will double check the vintages on her wine inventory. Her former professor is coming to dinner.

The Strong Buzz - by Andrea Strong
Andrea Strong

Like the subjects profiled in her article, Andrea Strong graduated from Brooklyn Law School, summa cum laude, in 1994. She practiced law in New York City from 1994 to 1999 at Shearman & Sterling and Camy Karlinsky & Stein. She left the law to try her hand at running several New York restaurants, including Isla and Miracle Grill, before finding her calling as a writer.

Today, Strong is a freelance food writer, reviewer and self-confessed "eater." She is the author, founder, and creator of THE STRONG BUZZ and a biweekly newsletter devoted to New York City's food scene—which feature insider dish, news, reviews, chefs on the move, restaurants openings and closings and events. In addition, she writes a weekly Sunday food column in The New York Post.

Her work has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Time Out New York, Metropolitan Home, Real Simple, Conde Nast Traveler, and Travel & Leisure. In October 2003, she was honored when an article she wrote for The New York Times, "An Ode To Sloppy Joe, A Delicious Mess," was selected for inclusion in Best Food Writing 2003. She is the co-author of the cookbook Sparks in The Kitchen, which was published by Knopf in 2006.

Strong has also been a television guest on Top Chef (Bravo), Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie (PBS), Heavyweights (Food Network), Fox News, and Eat This New York with Kelly Choi (WNBC). She has also been a radio guest on Martha Stewart, Food Talk with Mike Colemeco, and The Restaurant Guys.

A humanitarian activist, Strong is the founder of Dining for Darfur, a charity she created to raise awareness and funds for humanitarian relief in response to the genocide in Darfur. Since 2006, she has raised almost $100,000. Her work for Darfur was profiled in the 2007 book, Not on Our Watch (Hyperion), by Academy Award-nominated actor Don Cheadle and Africa expert John Prendergast.