Rachel Laudan

A Historian's Take on Food and Food Politics

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So What is a Kitchen?

“What is a kitchen?” sounds like an easy question to answer, right?  A kitchen is a room where you cook. Well, in fact, like everything, the history of food preparation and the places in which it was carried out has… Continue Reading →

No, Cooking Isn’t Easy. 6 Reasons Why

“So, why does it matter that recipes marketed as easy often aren’t? A few years ago, I would have interpreted it as a harmless pretense—maybe even a good deed—to nudge people with the lure of simplicity toward cooking for themselves…. Continue Reading →

Mexican Gold

At this time of year, Mexico turns golden. The banks along the highway across the high, dry country north from Mexico City and Querétaro glow with marigolds, Mexican marigolds, members of the Tagetes family, not the European marigolds, which are… Continue Reading →

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