Rachel Laudan

A Historian's Take on Food and Food Politics



Wheat, Glorious Wheat: Borlaug100

One of the great things about working on “food” is that it’s such a huge and various subject. This past week I was lucky enough to be one of 700 people from 56 different countries attending the Borlaug100 conference in… Continue Reading →

The Islamic Contribution to Mexican Cuisine

When Mexico’s leading writer, Nobel Prize laureate Octavio Paz, arrived in New Delhi in 1962 to take up his post as ambassador to India, he quickly ran across a culinary puzzle. Although Mexico and India were on opposite sides of… Continue Reading →

The Japanese as a Wheat-Eating Nation

Sorry, folks.  I hit the publish on this before I meant to.  In any case an interesting story in Slate.  I’d actually put the beginnings of the Japanese move to wheat at the beginning of the twentieth century.  That established… Continue Reading →

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