Category Archives: literary

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

Posted in cleaning out the basement, ephemeral kitchen, history, international, literary, memoir | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in cleaning out the basement, design, full menu, literary, recipe | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in cultural, history, literary, memoir | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in cleaning out the basement, cultural, design, history, literary | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Culinary Historians of Washington DC, cultural, history, literary, recipe, regional | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Why Your Bicycle Should Have a Basket

Warning, this post contains nostalgia. This post is about one of my favorite childhood meals, though it was hardly a meal at all. I was about 13 or 14–too young to get a job, but too old to run out the … Continue reading

Posted in ephemeral kitchen, literary, memoir | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

How to Cook a Moose

I felt like I’d been misplaced in the cosmos and I belonged in Maine. Terry Goodkind Sometimes we are born in our homes and sometimes we find them. Kate Christensen grew up in the Arizona desert, and “always felt alienated by that … Continue reading

Posted in literary, memoir, regional | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment