Author Archives: rkcunningham

The Railsplitter always remains newsworthy. Perhaps you remember the recent Lincoln-related crime wave in Kankakee, Illinois, where a thief or thieves took a plaster sculpture of Abraham Lincoln’ hand. Let’s go to local reaction, as reported in the January 3, 2016 … Continue reading

County Fairground Soup I love when serendipity, season, and whim dictate the contents of a recipe. A cooking demo for a farm-to-table event and whatever happened to be available at the vegetable stands one hot day in July prompted this … Continue reading

Penang, Malaysia: Duck Soup Noodles This state’s major city, Georgetown, was founded by the British in 1786 as a trading center. Consequently, it attracted influences from not only throughout the Pacific but India and the rest of the world as … Continue reading

Meet the UI Press is a semi-regular feature that delves into issues affecting academic publishing, writing, education, and related topics.  Blurb. It sounds like an onomatopoeia for a noise made by infant humans. In publishing, though, the blurb—i.e. a quote on the cover … Continue reading

The noodle, properly pulled, can take a soup from “good” to “that meal your friends talk about ten years later.” Called “the ultimate noodle” by Ken Albala, and he would know, the pulled noodle inspires artistry even before the cooking … Continue reading

This is the strangest noodle I have ever made, and doing it from scratch is more like an alchemical experiment than an exercise in cooking. Among everything in this book, this is one recipe where the procedure and measurements really … Continue reading

We are now three years and one day removed from this unforgettable event: Diaper-Wearing Service Kangaroo Kicked Out of Wisconsin McDonald’s You know who else liked kangaroos? P.T. Barnum. You know who publishes his every-word-guaranteed-to-be-true* autobiography? The University of Illinois … Continue reading

The perfect rice noodle… it is El Dorado and the City of Z, and those questing for it wonder, “Will my journey ever end?” Let Ken Albala be your great and powerful Oz—a real one, not a fake twisting the dials on … Continue reading

If you live in the hemisphere currently undergoing winter, you know that few foods offer the sanctuary of satisfaction to be found in a bowl of great noodle soup. Ken Albala wants to get you out of packets, cans, and … Continue reading

Born on January 14, 1963, in Atlanta, Steven Soderbergh found filmmaking in his teens. His Hollywood apprenticeship included work as a cue card holder and a director of concert films. In 1986, his film Sex, Lies, and Videotape helped launch the surge … Continue reading