Monthly Archives: February 2011

Blog #9 – Potato Latkes

I learned to make potato latkes from 2nd generations Jews living on the Upper West Side of New York City.  I was spending the summer before graduate school living with Gretel and Barnie Conal, former Communists and great cooks.  Barnie … Continue reading

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Blog #8 – Bread

By 1959 every real cook knew the environment was a mess. All those chemicals, the plastic that Woody Guthrie had sung about so eloquently, had come back to bite us in the ass.  I am trying to date the moment … Continue reading

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Blog #7 – Tacos

The taco predates the arrival of Europeans in Mexico. There is anthropological evidence that the indigenous people living in the lake region around what is now Mexico City, ate tacos filled with small fish. Writing at the time of the … Continue reading

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Blog #6 – Sweet Potatoes

Tips for seasonal cooking could be the subject of its own blog. I live in the mid-Atlantic states of the United States, and in winter my local farmers have a lot of sweet potatoes and root crops.  So other than … Continue reading

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