Considering that people over the centuries have blamed eggplant for “causing insanity, acting as an aphrodisiac, and serving as a dental cosmetic,”* it’s no wonder eggplant tended not to “take” in certain cultures. United States, yes. India, no. Some experts say India gave birth to eggplant, called brinjal or baingun, originally called vartaka or vrntaka. […]Read more "Eggplant: Passage from India"
Nearly all writers on Southern food agree that African slaves influenced the evolution of Southern food. Here’s a video of Burkina Faso, where I lived for two years, and a lunch served in a village.Read more "West African Origins of Southern Cooking"
Instead of forking out thousands of lire for a cooking class in Italy, take a look at these videos. Buon appetito! Cooking Sicilian with Mamma Agata Amalfi Coast with Mamma Agata (Looks like somebody got into the wine a bit early on) Lezione di cucina dl ristorante La Finestra a Padova (Italian Cooking Class at […]Read more "Cooking in Italy"
Lara Templin, an historical interpreter at Jamestown Settlement in Virginia, demonstrates how people baked bread over 400 years ago, in a Cloam oven. Click on the picture to go to the video, shot by Culinary Media Network:Read more "Baking in Colonial Virginia"
Frank Clark, supervisor of the Historic Foodways program at Colonial Williamsburg, appears in this detailed and eye-popping video, shot by Culinary Media Network. Click on the picture to go to the video:Read more "Cooking in 18th-Century Colonial Virginia (Video)"