Rachel Laudan

A Historian's Take on Food and Food Politics

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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