Rachel Laudan

A Historian's Take on Food and Food Politics



Memories of English Farmhouse Cuisine: Beyond England

Over many years in the kitchen, I have found three, and only three cookbooks that gave me a shock of recognition, only three that have evoked the cooking I knew growing up in the 1950s. This was the cooking of… Continue Reading →

A Good Cook

A few years ago someone asked me whether my mother was a good cook.  I was at a loss to know what to say. They should have asked years earlier. Then, at the height of my Elizabeth David gastro-snob period,… Continue Reading →

Did Elizabeth David Test Recipes? Eat Your Words, Rachel

Some time ago, writing about Elizabeth David and Julia Child, I cheerfully said of the former “I would bet a good bit that she had never cooked most of those recipes, let alone tested them. Not that this worries me… Continue Reading →

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