How the English Became Americans, according to Malcolm Gaskill

“An acclaimed British historian traces the first three generations of English colonists in America, revealing how our national identity was forged in the terrifying wilderness of a new continent. In the 1600s, over 350,000 intrepid English men, women, and children migrated to America, leaving behind their homeland for an uncertain future. Whether they settled in […]

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What the English Cooked in the New World: A Word about the Fallacy of Culinary Appropriation

Lately, claims of cultural appropriation have come to my attention, based on the argument that certain groups of people have “stolen” the culinary achievements of other groups, as well as commentaries  suggesting that unless a cook or chef was fetched up in a certain culture, then she or he has no business cooking the food of another […]

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Uncovering the Myths of the “Founding Mother” Cuisine: A Few Words About England, Africa, and a Bibliography

I’ll admit it, I spend a lot of time compiling bibliographies. For me, there’s something inherently satisfying about seeing a list of references all lined up, like bunches of beautiful flowers waiting to be picked. For my latest project – reflecting on the influence of English cooking on American cuisine, I’ve augmented a previous bibliography of cookbooks […]

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