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On Spaghetti and On Spaghetti and Meatballs

If I say “spaghetti” then what word is triggered in your brain? For many of us, “spaghetti” is synonymous with “meatballs.” Like Macaroni and Cheese, spaghetti and meatballs are inseparable and, of course, universal. The truth is less simple, more complex. Many food historians and Italian ones by far believe that spaghetti and meatballs is…

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TBT Cookbook Review: Gastronomy of Italy by Anna Del Conte

This week’s Throwback Thursday cookbook is both old and new. This distinguished encyclopedia of Italian cuisine was first published in 1987 and in 2013 a new and vitally expanded edition was published by Pavillion Books. Author Anna Del Conte may not be widely known in the United States, but in Europe she is adored, awarded,…

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Cookbook Review: The Language of Food by Dan Jurafsky

Are you a foodie? A sometimes baffled foodie? Like, why are some macaroons made with coconut and others are sandwich cookies made with almonds? And what do either of these things have to do with macaroni? Obviously nothing. Well, actually, you have food cousins there, as strange as that might seem The Language of Food…

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The Saga of Doritos

I was listening to Diane Rehm yesterday. Her daily two hour radio show on Public Radio has made her a broadcasting icon. It’s a remarkably wonderful show, typically spotlighting a current new item in the first hour and something cultural in the second. So in hour one, you might hear a discussion on Syria and…

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