Category Archives: Cooking

More Wisdom from Joan Nathan – Review: King Solomon’s Table

In her last book, Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France, Joan Nathan discovered the breadth of international influences on the cooking of one ethnic group in one country.  Now, she has expanded her range to … Continue reading

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Into the Wild Garlic Yonder

Way out on the outskirts of Olney, behind an unassuming, suburban house, lurks a vampire’s worst nightmare: the backyard garden of Jim and Mary Nupp, the demon garlic-growers of Brookeville. Debbie Amster, one of our favorite farmers market demo chefs, … Continue reading

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Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Chocolate? Part 1: The Local Show

The short answer: No.  I have about 1,400 words around the long answer. In 2016, three events stood out as potential chocolate overloads.  Fortunately, none managed to quell my love of the dark stuff, but not through lack of trying. … Continue reading

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Cookbook Review: Dinner: Changing the Game by Melissa Clark

Melissa Clark dropped by Politics and Prose last week in honor of her latest cookbook, Dinner: Changing the Game. It’s the 38th book she’s written or collaborated on.  Since her last book tour, in 2011, she’s been making videos with … Continue reading

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Review: Dutch Treats: Heirloom Recipes from Farmhouse Kitchens by William Woys Weaver

Here is a book by a food historian which goes far beyond a collection of recipes, resembling not so much a cookbook as an ethnography through food.  Many recipes are presented with variations of their ingredients and methods over time, … Continue reading

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The Weekend of the Books: Two Festivals, Too Much

What genius decided that the National Book Festival would take place on the same weekend as the Baltimore Book Festival???  Friday’s heat and Saturday’s concrete floors darn near did me in, even as I limited my attendance in Baltimore to … Continue reading

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Playing Hooky Results in Celebrity Sighting

Last Sunday, I sneaked out of school and visited another farmers market.  I know, egregious, right?  That’s what it felt like!  But I had a good reason, and there was no chef demo to shepherd at the Olney Farmers and … Continue reading

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Get Your Ginger Up!

Bobbi Staat stopped by to show me the trophies that will be awarded for the Sandy Spring Museum’s Gingerbread Celebration.  They’re a treat! One looks like jolly James Beard; the other is set to blast off into the Great Gingerbread … Continue reading

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New, Return, Rebirth: Innovation on Your Plate at the Smithsonian Food History Weekend October 22-24, 2015

There was more to the Smithsonian Food History Weekend than I was privy to.  Too bad, but the Gala at which the first Julia Child Award was (fittingly) bestowed upon Jacques Pepin was beyond my price point.  There was plenty … Continue reading

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Food As Art; Art As Food: The Women Chefs Exhibit at Strathmore

Artists in the Kitchen is the subtitle of this eclectic display of portraiture, and the concept is as audacious as the execution. The representations of woman chefs by woman artists range from realistic to wildly conceptual.  One, an installation just … Continue reading

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