Category Archives: international

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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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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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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Real Pizza, Secrets of the Neapolitan Tradition

As a chef and as a father, I am very upset by what’s on the menu at most schools: chicken nuggets and tater tots and ketchup and pizza. Jose Andres He’s not talking about the pizza in this book. The … 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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Sicily, the Cookbook

It is impossible to describe the degrees of yellow from the most candent cadmium to ochre, from discoloured ivory to lemon bronze. The air was full of wisps of straw and the heat beat upon us as if from some … Continue reading

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