Rachel Laudan

A Historian's Take on Food and Food Politics



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 →

Heavy Lifting: The Potato, the Poor, and Pleasure in Ireland

In this long post (you’ve been warned), I’m going to try to imagine the potato cuisine of the Irish poor in the century before the Great Famine of 1845-52. In part, I’ve been thinking a lot about this since I… Continue Reading →

Mutable Maize

“You can give an overview of the history of corn,” said John T. Edge in his confident, persuasive voice, ignoring my demurral that in spite of lots of experience with corn in Mexico, I was an expert neither on corn… Continue Reading →

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