Category Archives: cultural

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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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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Tea Time Redux

No, knock wood, I am not close to my last meal, but I am enjoying tea (among other things) in London this week. So pleased to be deliciously crumb-covered! I’ve just decided. I want my last meal to be tea. … 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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Savor the South–Ham

Carve a ham as if you were shaving the face of a friend. Henri Charpentier For a Yankee like me, there is a mystique surrounding Southern ham. Are they all cured and smoked and salty? Do you soak it and … Continue reading

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Happy Independence Day

This menu, served on the S. S. Atlantic on July 4, 1963, displays the kind of happy United States history we’ve come to know is a fraction of the story. And check out the menu–more creativity in the word play … Continue reading

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The Viennese Kitchen

For almost thirty years I repeatedly saw one and the same dream: I would arrive in Vienna at long last. I would feel really happy, for I was returning to my serene childhood. Alfred Schnittke In its culture and life, … Continue reading

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