Category Archives: Culinary Historians of Washington DC

Fasting and Feasting, The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray

Patience Gray dug in. She lived the life she wrote about–austere on Mediterranean islands–and connected the foodways she found to myth, history, and art. I return to her iconic book, Honey From a Weed for insight and example. I pull … Continue reading

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Food on the Page

Cookbooks continue to be a revealing source of history.  In her new book, Megan Elias teases out the social meaning cookbooks reveal, and discovers when a jell-o mold is more than just a salad. This review was published in CHoWline, the … Continue reading

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Food Cults in CHoWline

CHoW, the Culinary Historians of Washington, DC are excited about their 2017-2018 speaker season. We begin on September 10 with Washington Post columnist John Kelly. Join us in person or on Facebook! This book, reviewed in the September issue of … Continue reading

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Southern Food and Civil Rights, Feeding the Revolution

An army travels on its stomach, and a revolution needs to be sustained–with commitment and with food. In this book Opie recounts the tale of the Atlanta, Georgia caterer who fed the bus boycotters and their families, but he also … Continue reading

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Springtime Food Traditions at the Sandy Spring Museum

  A fun time last night at the Sandy Spring Museum, talking about springtime food traditions. A close look  at the seasonal cycles, the foods we eat, and the holidays we celebrate, reveals ancient fears of famine and death. From Demeter and … Continue reading

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Rio de Janeiro, A Food Biography

I love the idea of looking at a city through its food–revealing of people, geography, economy, and culture. And this books goes beyond what you think you know about Rio’s food culture, linking it to the city’s extraordinary setting and … Continue reading

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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

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