Category Archives: international

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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Risotto & Beyond

Each month is gay, each season nice, when eating chicken soup with rice. Maurice Sendak Or when eating Risotto with Oysters and Prosecco, or Rice Tart with Prosciutto, or Rice Crespelle with Almonds and Organic Honey. John Coletta is the … Continue reading

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Vegetariano

What was paradise, but a garden full of vegetables and herbs and pleasure? Nothing there but delights. William Lawson The Slow Food editors who compiled this book agree in their very first sentence, “Italy is an earthly paradise for vegetarians.” … Continue reading

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Corsica: The Recipes

Bisogna fa di forza legge Make a virtue out of necessity Corsican proverb And what a virtuous collection this is! Corsica is a mountainous island contested through history primarily  by the French and Italians. Today is is a French department … Continue reading

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Osteria

They eat the dainty food of famous chefs with the same pleasure with which they devour gross peasant dishes, mostly composed of garlic and tomatoes, or fisherman’s octopus and shrimps, fried in heavily scented olive oil on a little deserted beach. Luigi … Continue reading

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I Heart Rome, Recipes and Stories from the Eternal City

If your mother cooks Italian food, why should you go to a restaurant? Martin Scorsese Well, maybe your mother’s not Roman, and in that case you’ll want this book for both its classic recipes like Saltimbocca and Tiramisu and for … Continue reading

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Tea and History

This article appeared in the December/January issue of CHoWline, the monthly newsletter of the Culinary Historians of Washington, DC.                 But here I can share more pictures! London’s Victoria & Albert Museum was established … Continue reading

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