Category Archives: politics

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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A Square Meal, A Culinary History of the Great Depression

Andrew Coe and Jane Ziegelman go beyond the platitudes about Depression-era dining to discover some uncomfortably close-to-home history. Looking forward to this Sunday’s CHoW meeting (December 11), where Libby O’Connell will be speaking on dining during America’s Gilded Age–its wasn’t … Continue reading

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Food in the Gilded Age

The Culinary Historians of Washington, D.C. are pleased to begin their 20th anniversary season this September 11, 2016. If you’re in town, please do join us. We always think of Gilded Age dining as ridiculously long menus full of game, … 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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S**t Our Grandmothers Used To Do

I know someone whose grandmother used to rinse chicken intestines and stuff them with chopped scallions. It sounds like heaven to eat and hell to make. But that’s what grandmothers used to do, make every scrap of food, fabric, and … Continue reading

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The Jemima Code

In The Jemima Code, Toni Tipton-Martin uncovers an overlooked aspect of culinary history–the under appreciated and often uncredited contributions and skills of African American cooks. In her review of 300 books, dating from 1827, she looks at the books individually–from … Continue reading

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Eating Mudcrabs in Khandahar

There is a recipe for food writing. Take an unfamiliar food, place, or situation; add mild misunderstandings and good sportsmanship; stir until good will results. The essays in this book don’t use that recipe, as this review in CHoWline notes, … Continue reading

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