About Cynthia D. Bertelsen’s Gherkins & Tomatoes + Contact Us

There’s always something new by looking at the same thing over and over.

~~John Updike ~~

Here’s where  I indulge my obsession for the life-giving nature of cooking and growing and eating food. My focus is ultimately global and historical. I write about what interests me. My latest project concerns the British empire and its impact on food and cooking, particularly the influence of the English diaspora and British cooking on that of the United States up to this day. My goal is to clarify a lot of misconceptions floating around out there about British cooking and its historical importance, through the story of my family and their long history in the New World. My genes are very, very English, descended from some of the earliest settlers at Jamestown, Virginia, as well as Massachusetts and throughout the American West. 

But my blog, “Cynthia D. Bertelsen’s Gherkins & Tomatoes,” is not just about one place on Earth – at root, it’s about the universal language of food, an incredible story about how humans managed to feed themselves even in the direst of times.


Essentially, in the end, it’s all about the eternal search for home, a sort of “culinary exile.© 

Join me on the journey … .

To contact Gherkins & Tomatoes, please send an e-mail to cdbertel@gmail.com or leave a comment on one of the posts.

Happy to see you here!


Gherkins and Tomatoes, by Luis Egidio Meléndez

The title of this blog,”Cynthia D. Bertelsen’s Gherkins & Tomatoes,” sprang from the title of the eponymous painting by Spanish painter Luis Melendez’s painting, 1772, Prado, Madrid, one of the first European renditions of tomatoes.


26 Comments Add yours

  1. I came across your blog while searching how to make a recipe page. I’m glad I did!


    1. Deptford Pudding, thanks for stopping by and telling me that. I sure hope that someday (and maybe it’s here already and I don’t know it) WordPress will add the bells and whistles to allow readers to print recipes directly. I find keeping up the recipe index a chore, if I don’t do it every time I post something with a recipe.


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