The Copeland Spoon: A Taste of Material Culture from Early Virginia

My mother recently gave me an old pewter spoon, one with a story that tallies with my interest in American culinary history. She’d been cleaning out her kitchen cupboards and a couple of closets, and found the spoon, which she’d forgotten she’d had. The touchmark at the end of the handle reads “Joseph Copeland, 1675,…

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…

Pie/Pye: English Tradition, American Icon

“Pie is the American synonym of prosperity, and its varying contents the calendar of the changing seasons. Pie is the food of the heroic. No pie-eating people can ever be permanently vanquished… In our own glad and fortunate country the seasons are known by their respective dominant pie – for each there is an appropriate…