Bringing up Bébé

So I just finished reading Bringing up Bébé, and I really enjoyed it. So many people talked to me about it, and I’m really amazed at the widespread cultural discussion that Druckerman has managed to elicit. For me, it came at just the time when I myself am starting on the parenting journey, and, since …

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Kentucky Pie

When I was growing up, we often went to Max and Erma’s, a Pittsburgh restaurant that is part diner and part TGIFridays but with better food. Strangely though, aside from the buffalo chicken sandwich, which I still love, I barely remember the entrées, but what sticks out in my mind are the desserts. Oh the … Continue reading Kentucky Pie

Cantonese Comfort

Last night I made something really fantastic. I got it from Grace Young’s The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen. It is not only a book of recipes, but is also filled with discussions of how food plays a role in Chinese culture. Young talks about this by way of stories of her family’s immigrant experience and her own re-discovery of … Continue reading Cantonese Comfort

Poor Man’s Meal

Awhile back, I stumbled on a charming internet show called Clara’s Depression Cooking, in which a 95 year old woman recounts her childhood during Depression-era America and cooks recipes from that time. It’s a great peek into daily life during the Depression, and the woman is anything but depressing.  On the contrary, she has one of those … Continue reading Poor Man’s Meal