Category Archives: politics

Prison Food in America

This review appeared in the May 2018 issue of CHoWline, the monthly newsletter of the Culinary Historians of Washington, DC. It made me realized that an often overlooked aspect of freedom is being able to choose what we eat, options … Continue reading

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United Tastes, The Making of the First American Cookbook

American Cookery is known as the first American cookbook, often because of it’s recipes for “pompkins,” “cramberries,” and cornmeal (used in the estimable Indian Pudding). But it is American for so many more reasons–how it was written, published, distributed, and … Continue reading

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Farm to Fork in Montgomery County

We’re dining this weekend from Farm to Fork with the Montgomery Countryside Alliance–celebrating and savoring the full and delicious menu of food produced on the 93,000 acres of Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve–a deeply diverse and beautiful place created in a … 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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Southern Food and Civil Rights, Feeding the Revolution

An army travels on its stomach, and a revolution needs to be sustained–with commitment and with food. In this book Opie recounts the tale of the Atlanta, Georgia caterer who fed the bus boycotters and their families, but he also … Continue reading

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The President’s Kitchen Cabinet

His cook is his chief merit. The world visits his dinners, not him. Moliere And I suppose, depending on your party or your president, you can say the same about the White House. There are all kinds of anecdotes about … Continue reading

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Happy New Year’s

There’s a bit of holiday still hanging around–draped garlands, more cookies than usual, and bits and bottles of fancy foods received as gifts. I’m not really one for resolutions. I’m a pretty sensible person who stays in the center lane … Continue reading

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