Category Archives: cleaning out the basement

Cleaning out the Basement–Summer

“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.” Paul Prudhomme Summer reading is usually a novel with “girls” disappearing, having tattoos, or parsing shades of gray. Or one of those airport potboilers that I fear are filling up … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Basement–Pardon my Foie Gras

I love books like this–blithe and bright, they have an American exceptionalism attitude that says we get to eat and enjoy good things. It’s full of cliches like casque-helmeted policeman, the kiosk, and fleur de lis. This 1956 book is … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Basement–Turkish Delights, A Cook Book

What is patriotism but the love of food we ate as children. –Lin Yutang I’ve used that quote too many times, but it is again appropriate. This book, intended for the “English-speaking housewife” seems like a little bit of culinary … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Basement–Cordon Bleu Baking I

I think baking cookies is equal to Queen Victoria running an empire. There’s no difference in how seriously you take the job, how seriously you approach your whole life. Martha Stewart And if you run a good empire, perhaps you’ll … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Basement–Horn & Hardart

I can’t believe I’ve never posted these. Horn & Hardart was woven into my childhood. I’m old enough to remember the absolute joy of eating at the Automat. Pushing nickels through the slot and opening the little glass door to … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Basement–Between Meals, An Appetite for Paris

Nostalgia for Paris, for a particular Paris, is rich territory. Were you there pre-war or post-war, and which war. It was always better before you got there–Belle Epoque, the Lost Generation, GI Bill expats, and now, perhaps even I can … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Basement–Thirty Recipes Suitable for Framing

My tattered edition of this portfolio was picked up at a small bookstore in western Massachusetts. The folder was torn and it was shoved into a remainder bin. After framing one image–Cherries Jubilee (we live in DC, cherries are a … Continue reading

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