Category Archives: food

Scorned since antiquity as low and animal, the sense of taste is celebrated today as an ally of joy, a source of adventure, and an arena for pursuing sophistication. The French exalted taste as an entrée to ecstasy, and revolutionized … Continue reading

The World of Soy, edited by Christine M. Du Bois, Chee-Beng Tan, and Sidney Mintz It’s the happy season when we feast on all the high-calorie favorites we feel too guilty to eat to excess the rest of the year. … Continue reading

As Halloween weekend nears, the nation’s culinary eye will turn to candy, bat’s wings, and other holiday foods. Before that happens, however, UIP wants to offer a more respectful tribute to National Cookbook Month with a stack of books that … Continue reading

Tonight Cynthia Clampitt continues her barnstorming book tour of the Midwest with a reading a book signing in Winfield, Illinois. (Seven p.m. at the Public Library.) To celebrate, the blog shares one of the recipes Clampitt collected in Midwest Maize, … Continue reading

Today marks Rosh Hashanah of the year 5777 and if you want to be Jewish for a day, you should eat. Because you look tired. Your cheeks look sunken. Are you eating enough? Here, I have something in the fridge, … Continue reading

Etiquette books insist that we never discuss politics during a meal. In Table Talk: Building Democracy One Meal at a Time, Janet A. Flammang offers a polite rebuttal, presenting vivid firsthand accounts of people’s lives at the table to show … Continue reading

The month of June brings countless pleasures to the Midwest. Few exceed the overwhelming presence of fresh produce at semi-affordable prices. At last, we can put aside the beyond-tired apples and oranges of the cold months to exult in ripe … Continue reading

Horseradish sparks opinions as strong as its taste. Most people, truth to tell, want nothing to do with the root in its fiery, ground-up form. Their relationship to horseradish rests mainly on acting horrified when Uncle Frank dashes some onto his roast … Continue reading

During the Depression, the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) dispatched scribes to sample the fare at group eating events like church dinners, political barbecues, and clambakes. Its America Eats project sought nothing less than to sample, and report upon, the tremendous … Continue reading

Camille Bégin is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Sensory Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. She answered some questions about her book Taste of the Nation: The New Deal Search for America’s Food. Q: What … Continue reading