I have been re-reading Christine Ripault’s Children’s Gastronomique (1966), and was struck by the advice of M. Alex Humbert, chef at Maxim’s. He advised Ripault’s readers thus, The cardinal piece of advice that I give to parents who understand the … Continue reading
Since I have been making and remaking Becky’s Roasted Tomato Sauce I thought I should share some of the history of Tomato Sauce. But before we get to history, a few more pictures of recent versions of Becky’s Sauce… These … Continue reading
Sorry for the long silence, we have been traveling, camping, and getting the new semester underway. In lieu of a food history post, I have a fabulous roasted tomato sauce. Thanks to a friend of a friend in Iowa City … Continue reading
In her Home Manual Everybody’s Guide in Social, Domestic, and Business Life (1889) Mrs. Logan makes the following suggestion for an awkward social moment: At an afternoon tea. Strangers have been introduced, and exhausted the convenient subject of the weather, … Continue reading
Here are two quick dinners from the farmers’ market. With a sick baby and a hot kitchen, I haven’t had much time to cook this week, and I am sorry to say no time to include pictures, but here are … Continue reading
I just received Clotilde Dusoulier’s wonderful new cookbook, The French Market Cookbook. Dusoulier is best known for her blog, Chocolate and Zucchini. The recipes are vegetarian (I know, French vegetarian, sounds odd), and feature seasonal produce. I am planning to … Continue reading
When I was working my way through some material on ice cream parlors the other day I found this…The New York State Senate appointed a committee to investigate police corruption in New York City in 1895. Nestled among over 5,000 … Continue reading
Two books I have been reading recently have me thinking about food for children and how ideas about nutrition and proper diet have changed. From the 19th through the mid-20th centuries, for example, people thought about food in terms of … Continue reading
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