Rachel Laudan

A Historian's Take on Food and Food Politics


Mexican Food

How to Buy a Metate (Simple Grindstone) in the United States

The question readers of my blog ask most frequently is “Where in the United States can I buy a metate (the shaped stone slabs on which Mexican women traditionally ground maize and other foodstuffs)?” Or, to be picky, the grindstone… Continue Reading →

My 2016 Books on Food History and Politics

Some time ago, I read a blog post, I think by the expert on Vietnamese food Andrea Nguyen, which simply listed the cookbooks her friends had published that year. I thought it an excellent idea. ┬áThe “ten best” lists that… Continue Reading →

Discrimination: Using the Not-So-Simple Grindstone to Make Multiple Maize Dishes

Sometimes it is suggested that the poor are so absorbed by simply getting enough to eat that, unlike the rich, they have little discrimination where the taste of their food is concerned. This has always bothered me. Consider those who… Continue Reading →

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