People throughout history reveal their preoccupations through their architecture, artifacts, and the written word. These aspects reflect what matters to societies at various times. It comes down, in a way, to questions of taste, not just alimentary, but cultural and moral. The fashions, the trends, the modes of the day pass and morph into others … More Worshipping Different Gods … The French (Food) Reformation
Arriving at your destination is not actually the goal, but rather the journey itself – a metaphor for life obviously, as so many spiritual and secular thinkers alike have written – and the journey can be the all in all. Appropriately, last night I was one of 2500 lucky people to attend a preliminary screening … More Pilgrimages, or, “Life is Too Big to Walk it Alone”: “The Way” by Sheen and Estevez*
Dear readers of Gherkins & Tomatoes /Cornichons & Tomates, Soon I will embark on a great adventure, doing research on France’s colonial empire at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Archives nationales d’outre mer in Aix-en-Provence, thanks to a grant from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Until I return, I will not have the … More The Bibliothèque Nationale de France and Me, Etc.