Category Archives: literary

Cleaning out the Basement–Summer

“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.” Paul Prudhomme Summer reading is usually a novel with “girls” disappearing, having tattoos, or parsing shades of gray. Or one of those airport potboilers that I fear are filling up … Continue reading

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Fictitious Dishes

I think that my love of cooking grew out of my love of reading about cooking. When I was a kid, we had a bookcase in the kitchen filled with cookbooks. I would eat all my meals reading about meals … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Basement–Between Meals, An Appetite for Paris

Nostalgia for Paris, for a particular Paris, is rich territory. Were you there pre-war or post-war, and which war. It was always better before you got there–Belle Epoque, the Lost Generation, GI Bill expats, and now, perhaps even I can … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Basement–Thirty Recipes Suitable for Framing

My tattered edition of this portfolio was picked up at a small bookstore in western Massachusetts. The folder was torn and it was shoved into a remainder bin. After framing one image–Cherries Jubilee (we live in DC, cherries are a … Continue reading

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Voracious

I live on good soup, not on fine words. –Moliere Yes, but good soup is much tastier when accompanied by a good book. In these essays just long enough to read while you’re stirring a risotto or waiting for the … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Basement–Jonathan Swift’s Directions to Servants

You know Jonathan Swift as the man who recommended that, during the Potato Famine, starving Irish eat their babies, but this flint-hard satirist also explored power relationships in household employment. To anyone who straightens up before the house cleaner comes or who … Continue reading

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CHoWline–Mad Feast

Food is a vehicle to study history, culture, economics, social justice, art, and science and more. It’s also a way to explore ourselves–obsessions, fears, joys. In The Mad Feast, Matthew Gavin Frank explores American foodways filtered through his own obsessions–ranging from … Continue reading

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