June 24, 1992 |
M. F. K. Fisher, the peripatetic author whose crystalline prose and keen observations raised food writing to the high art of literature, has died at 83, it was learned Tuesday. Mrs. Fisher had suffered from Parkinson's disease and arthritis. She died Monday at her cottage home in Glen Ellen, Calif., in Sonoma County, said one of her two daughters, Kennedy Wright. From her childhood in Whittier through old age in California's wine country and across thousands of miles in between, Mrs.
December 16, 2010 |
The holidays had an accent at our house. My mother, an inspired cook, filtered American tradition through her French sensibility. It's there in the photos of our first few years in the States ? a crisp-skinned goose on the Thanksgiving table, and at Christmas, a bubbling cassoulet. As the seasons passed, American idiom crept into our kitchen. My mother experimented, learned to roast a turkey, to make cranberry sauce, to melt marshmallows on the yams. It was to this more assimilated holiday table that I first brought that most American of icons ?
August 31, 1997 |
When men find out what my wife does for a living, they invariably ask the same question: * "Is she a good cook?" "Of course she's a good cook, you ninny," I want to shout. "Why would someone be publishing her cookbooks if she weren't a good cook?" * But I don't say that. Reminding myself that each questioner is a potential book buyer, I think royalties and make nice.
August 14, 2012 |
I got back from Seattle dead tired from the flight. I know, I know, it's just 2½ hours, but I was seated in front of a family traveling with at least four screaming kids. (And I was unlucky enough to have been on the same flight with them going out as well!) I was starving. I set down my bags and pulled out the loaf of bread I'd bought at Sitka & Spruce , which my friend Roberta claimed was the best in the city. Must be, because the four of us devoured an entire loaf before dinner at her house.
September 5, 2013 |
The gourmet doughnut has finally gotten the Bravo treatment -- or, at least, its maker has. Waylynn Lucas is the co-owner of West Hollywood-based Fonuts, the 3rd Street doughnut shop she and Nancy Truman opened in 2011. The curly-haired pastry chef, who has worked for several big name Los Angeles restaurants and served as the executive pastry chef under Jose Andres at Bazaar, is in the midst of adding "Bravo-lebrity" to her resume as one of the stars of "Eat Drink Love. " Already finding success in the food competition genre, the network is now mixing foodie culture with its bread-and-butter formula: personal drama.
August 5, 2010 |
Canning is having a moment. So is pickling, preserving, jam making and all around "putting up," as they used to say — and now do once more — of the season's harvest. And if that puts you in mind of a remote farmhouse kitchen, gingham aprons and a cellar lined with rows of apple butter, then you haven't been paying attention. At Food in Jars, blogger Marisa McClellan makes peach-plum jam from a most unusual perch — the 20th floor of a Philadelphia high-rise — and draws more than 100,000 hits per month.