Boeuf (Beef) à la Mode: British Beef Made American

Cooking at the White House wasn’t always the glam job it is today. Thomas Jefferson’s French chef Honoré Julien – who’d cooked for George Washington, too – wanted to quit upon seeing the kitchen at the White House. And George Washington placed a want ad for a cook: ”A cook is wanted for the family of…

Medieval England: Medicine as Food, Food as Medicine

Let food be thy medicine, and let thy medicine be food. ~Hippocrates Food and medicine, always intertwined in the human  imagination. Because – obviously – the earliest English settlers brought their food habits and medicinal beliefs with them to what is now the United States, I relish books that provide background to the English way…

Cooking with Fire: A Primer and a Meditation

If cooking with fire brings up visions for you of grilling hamburgers, I forgive you. And don’t forget S’mores, the extent of my experience with fire and cooking for most of my childhood. I forgive myself for that. It’s winter now. A wood fire burns in my fireplace, a take-off on a Count Rumford design….