Rachel Laudan

A Historian's Take on Food and Food Politics


Rachel Laudan

The Game of Thrones, The Store of Grain, and the Fate of Planet Earth

  Not enough food in the castle?  What’s to be done? A friend sent me a link to a mashable discussion of food shortages as threats to whole communities in Game of Thrones. (I have to admit I have not… Continue Reading →

Creating Flavor in the Home Kitchen: A Quick Historical Overview of the Last Half Century

Since today is the official publication date of The Art of Flavor by Daniel Patterson and Mandy Aftel, which I have already written about here, it seemed a good moment to put down some thoughts about what home cooks have been told… Continue Reading →

Reading and Pondering: Food for Crossing the Gobi Desert in the 1920s

What did travelers in the Gobi Desert eat on days when they had a thirty-mile trek from one oasis to the next? Four bowls of undercooked noodles with crushed garlic in linseed oil and dried chiles. Having coffee last week… Continue Reading →

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