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 ?
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.
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.
February 26, 2013 |
No, it turns out, we can't all get along. In fact, we can't even sit down to dinner together. At least that's the findings of a recent survey by the polling organization Public Policy Polling. In a report titled “Food Issues Polarizing America” , it found stark - and often funny - divisions between Democrats and Republicans over food choices. Among the highlights: Democrats prefer bagels and croissants while Republicans like doughnuts (but who doesn't like doughnuts, really?
February 27, 2013 |
Forget the Oscars - they're so last weekend. The real awards season - the culinary prizes - are just starting to heat up. The first round of nominations for the James Beard Foundation's restaurant awards were last week; today comes the announcement of the finalists for the International Assn. of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Awards . The big winners were not surprising: Yotam Ottolenghi, very much the cook of the moment , was nominated for his new “Jerusalem: A Cookbook” in three categories: chefs and restaurants, food photography and styling, and international.
November 14, 2012 |
Itching to write about food but don't know where to start? I just got an alert that there are still a few spots left for Cocinar Mexicano , “a food writing intensive and cooking immersion” week in Tepoztlán, Mexico. Culinary historian and food writer Betty Fussell (“Raising Steaks,” “The Story of Corn,” “Masters of American Cookery,” plus innumerable articles) takes on the writing part of the workshop, while Magda Bogin, founder of Cocinar Mexicano, leads the cooking workshops with village women.