In a State of Siege: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Day 6

Cooking remains one of life’s greatest pleasures, at least for me. I do sometimes just wash my hands of it and succumb to the lure of frozen pizza. The ease of ripping open the cardboard box, making sure to check the manufacturer’s cooking instructions – they’re not all the same, are they? – then slicing … More In a State of Siege: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Day 6

Joy to the World: A Look at the 9th Edition of “Joy of Cooking”

The arrival of a new generation of the Joy of  Cooking feels like seeing a new baby born into the family. Personal and very welcome. First, though, a bit of perspective on the story of this famous and enduring cookbook. * After her husband’s suicide in 1930 during the Great Depression, Irma S. Rombauer – … More Joy to the World: A Look at the 9th Edition of “Joy of Cooking”

The Perfect Book for National Mushroom Day!

It’s National Mushroom Day today! And even when it’s not their special day, mushrooms pop up in the news over and over again. To read more about mushrooms and their history in human culture, and in the kitchen, take a look at my book, Mushroom: A Global History: Contents: Introduction: The Importance of Being Mushroom … More The Perfect Book for National Mushroom Day!