A Baker’s Dozen of British Cookbooks for the Christmas Season – Book #4

Elizabeth David presents yet another example of how British culinary sensibilities influenced American cuisine. None other than Alice Waters attributes her love of terroir to Elizabeth David’s work, citing the cover of Ms. David’s French Provincial Cooking as representing how she wanted food to be. And thus Chez Panisse was born. The rest is history, as they…

A Baker’s Dozen of British Cookbooks for the Christmas Season – Book #3

Mr. Adrian Bailey’s The Cooking of the British Isles follows Ms. Hartley’s work in a logical sequence, for both traveled the length of the land to get the story and record a lifestyle diminished a little each and every day. In addition, Mr. Bailey’s book points out visually a number of English culinary-related traits that still…

France and America: Why Paris Haunts Us So

It’s been several days now, the media stream moves onward, darting here and there to other news, other disasters. And yet I remain static, stuck, still mulling over the attacks on Paris, mourning the loss of all those lives, as well as the so-very-French joie de vivre. Why does Paris haunt me, and others, so? In the hours and…