Chronicle of a Death Not Foretold*: The Shocking, Early Passing of Food Writer Julie Powell

Food writer Julie Powell’s death came as a monumental shock to me. Her Wikipedia page is right up to date: “Powell died of cardiac arrest at her home in Olivebridge, New York, on October 26, 2022, at age 49.” People who blow out only thirty – or fewer – candles on their birthday cakes think of forty-nine as … More Chronicle of a Death Not Foretold*: The Shocking, Early Passing of Food Writer Julie Powell

Good News in Dark Times: “Stoves & Suitcases” to Win a Medal: Addendum – “Meatballs & Lefse” a Winner, Too

I have been notified that I am a finalist in the General Nonfiction centegory by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association for Stoves & Suitcases: Searching for Home in the World’s Kitchens. And I have just learned that Meatballs & Lefse: Recipes and Memories from a Scandinavian-American Kitchen has also been named a finalist in … More Good News in Dark Times: “Stoves & Suitcases” to Win a Medal: Addendum – “Meatballs & Lefse” a Winner, Too

Chocolate Cake for Imaginary Lives: Genevieve Jenner’s Brilliant Short Story Collection

British author Genevieve Jenner‘s debut collection of food-related short stories – Chocolate Cake for Imaginary Lives (Deixis Press, March 2022) – promises a delectable and unusual reading experience for those seeking tales of the intersection of food and life. Jenner offers up 38 stories, some taking as long to read as mixing dry ingredients together, … More Chocolate Cake for Imaginary Lives: Genevieve Jenner’s Brilliant Short Story Collection

Stoves & Suitcases, a Review by Leo Racicot

Noted food historian, Cynthia D. Bertelsen’s new book, Stoves & Suitcases: Searching for Home in the World’s Kitchens, knocks one out of the ballpark. Not since Jessica B. Harris’ s My Soul Looks Back has a book captured me so completely, cover-to-cover. I read it in a day. In this high-caliber travelogue of tastes, flavors, … More Stoves & Suitcases, a Review by Leo Racicot

“Stoves & Suitcases” Best in the World winner in Food Writing: Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2022

In November 2021, I learned that Stoves & Suitcases won Best in the USA for Food Writing for 2022, given by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, under the auspices of Edouard Cointreau, a member of the Cointreau family of French liqueur producers. Scroll to page 32 of this .pdf to see the other winners in … More “Stoves & Suitcases” Best in the World winner in Food Writing: Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2022

11 Years of Writing About Food and Culinary History – A Blog Anniversary!!!

Eleven years ago, I decided to poke a toe into the world of food blogging. I settled on the name, “Gherkins & Tomatoes,” based on a painting by Luis Meléndez, a tribute to the period of history known as “The Age of Exploration.” Faced with a blank screen demanding something, anything, the first words that … More 11 Years of Writing About Food and Culinary History – A Blog Anniversary!!!