Rachel Laudan

A Historian's Take on Food and Food Politics



The Red Brick Fish of Dublin

Pull up images of Dublin and you are apt to see the elegant white Georgian squares and government buildings. Very lovely they are too.  It’s something of a relief, though, to leave this behind for the red brick workaday buildings… Continue Reading →

The Indispensable Culinary Middlemen and Women

“I think we’ll use your handout in our staff training sessions,” said one of Rick Bayless’ team, without so much as a “by your leave.”  Or a “may we?” “Hmm,” I thought, “that’s not right.” This was in the mid… Continue Reading →

The Pizza Effect

I’d never heard of the pizza effect.  That is, until Bob Lucky commented on my Cornish pasty post.* The Cornish pasty’s export to other parts of the world with emigrants, its transformation, and its reintroduction to Cornwall, he said, was… Continue Reading →

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