Food is an emotional marker, a way we identify and recall time, place, and people, which Tembi Locke does with searing effect in this memoir of her life with her Sicilian husband, and with his family after his death.
This review of From Scratch appeared in the May issue of CHoWline, the monthly newsletter of the Culinary Historians of Washington DC. We’re off for the summer, but will start up the speaker’s program again in September 2019.
Immigrant stories are fascinating, especially when they are inspired and illustrated by the kitchen and the table. They touch on familiar feelings–the sense of disconnection, feelings of being different, striving for reconciliation. In Savage Feast, Boris Fishman, hits those tropes but makes them unique to his Russian-Jewish family, their brusque interactions, deep love, and savory cabbage. And yes, it includes recipes.
This review appeared in CHoWline, the monthly publication of the Culinary Historians of Washington, DC.
We’ll be at The Culinary Historians of Washington in metro-accessible Bethesda this Sunday, talking about historic foodways in the Reserve. Join us!