“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 […]Read more "How the English Became Americans, according to Malcolm Gaskill"
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 […]Read more "What the English Cooked in the New World: A Word about the Fallacy of Culinary Appropriation"
And along comes another new book about the history of English food! My cup runneth over! This one – The Culture of Food in England 1200 – 1500, by C. M. Woolgar – looks promising, for he begins Chapter One by referencing a word game from late medieval England: A carve of pantlers (those ‘who looked after […]Read more "The Culture of Food in England 1200 -1500"
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 […]Read more "Uncovering the Myths of the “Founding Mother” Cuisine: A Few Words About England, Africa, and a Bibliography"
Sweat rolled down his cheeks and blinded him for a minute, as he grabbed for the dirty white cloth around his neck. He wiped his face and cursed, for the day was hotter than any in living memory, London being usually cool and so rainy that black mold bloomed like the flowers of spring, overnight. […]Read more "Gervase Markham, Author of the First Documented English Cookbook in America?"