Rachel Laudan

A Historian's Take on Food and Food Politics



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.  The “ten best” lists that… Continue Reading →

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 →

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