Last night, I stayed awake far longer than I normally do, reading Gayle Forman’s new novel, Leave Me. The hook for me was “Every woman who has ever fantasized about driving past her exit on the highway instead of going home to make dinner, and every woman who has ever dreamed of boarding a train […]Read more "Women and the Building of America: Reflections"
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"
Every year during the holiday season, many media sources provide lists of cookbooks, primarily to jump-start the gift-giving proclivities of their readers. This year I’m getting a head start. Only thing is, my list is different. Most of the books I’m suggesting are free – they’re all vintage. And not as “vintage” seems to be defined nowadays, as […]Read more "A Reality Checklist about Romanticizing Kitchens Past"