Category Archives: Culinary Historians of Washington DC

Eight Flavors

In a clever combination of history and contemporary technology, Sarah Lohman has sussed out what really American flavors are. And you can blame it on the rosewater used to flavor cookies at the Ohio living history museum she worked at … Continue reading

Posted in Culinary Historians of Washington DC, cultural, history | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Cleaning Out the Basement–What Shall I Cook Today?

Spry was a vegetable shortening, says Wikipedia, first manufactured in 1936, and meant to compete with Crisco. Kind of like Hydrox was to the king of all cookies–the Oreo. Today, when we value natural, organic, artisanal, and local, cooking with … Continue reading

Posted in cleaning out the basement, Culinary Historians of Washington DC, history | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Ten Restaurants that Changed America

Americans love to eat French, from Delmonico’s Gilded Age excesses to Chez Panisse’s refined perfection. But don’t overlook Howard Johnson’s ice cream and fried clams, Mama Leone’s exuberant pasta, and Antoine’s classic Creole. So while French may be a default setting, Americans … Continue reading

Posted in Culinary Historians of Washington DC, cultural, history, restaurant | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Square Meal, A Culinary History of the Great Depression

Andrew Coe and Jane Ziegelman go beyond the platitudes about Depression-era dining to discover some uncomfortably close-to-home history. Looking forward to this Sunday’s CHoW meeting (December 11), where Libby O’Connell will be speaking on dining during America’s Gilded Age–its wasn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Culinary Historians of Washington DC, cultural, history, politics | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Dining with Rebels, Leaders, Heroes, and Outlaws

CHoW is celebrating its 20th year with a new website and an exciting list of speakers. Join us at a meeting, or subscribe to CHoWline, to keep up with our explorations of culinary history. Curious about what dictators eat? Concerned about … Continue reading

Posted in Culinary Historians of Washington DC, history | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

CHoWline–Cake, A Slice of History

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, but Alysa Levene proves a cake is never just a cake. In each slice she finds issues of economics, technology, cultural symbolism, and gender roles–really gives you something to chew on! If you’re … Continue reading

Posted in baking, Culinary Historians of Washington DC, cultural, desserts, food focus, history | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Food in the Gilded Age

The Culinary Historians of Washington, D.C. are pleased to begin their 20th anniversary season this September 11, 2016. If you’re in town, please do join us. We always think of Gilded Age dining as ridiculously long menus full of game, … Continue reading

Posted in Culinary Historians of Washington DC, cultural, history, politics, regional, scientific | Tagged , , | Leave a comment