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April 2003

April Meeting Program:"Strawberries"

Susan McCreary has published eight cookbooks on such topics as strawberries, herbs, pumpkins, aphrodisiacs, and tea, and presented TV shows and lectures on these subjects. She also has edited and written for various newspapers and magazines here and abroad.

Come at 3:30 pm for a tour of the Eckles Library Culinary Collection, led by Laura Gilliam.

Future Meetings

May 18: Anne Bower - Reading Community Cookbooks

Report: March 9 Meeting

The "whatzits" were puzzlers: two pieces of silverplate brought by Gina Jenkins that couldn't be identified and a small box of table tools that Willis and Carter Van Devanter finally had to tell us were lemon seed picks. Sally and John Waltz, celebrating spring, brought barbecued lamb, sauced with rosemary vinegar, and a lamb-shaped cake. To complement Warren Belasco's talk about French, English, and American perspectives on the future of food, Sophie Frederickson brought brioche, Claudia Kousoulas contributed bread sticks and dip, and Julia Abrahams produced take-out salads from Dean and DeLuca. The text of Warren's talk appears at the end of this issue.

News of Our Members

Both Claudia Kousoulas and Kay Shaw Nelson had feature articles in the March issue of Washington Woman. Kay wrote about "Washington's City Museum," opening at Mount Vernon Square on May 15, and Claudia's two articles are "At Washington's Farm Markets, Produce and Politics," and "NFCA Brings Family Caregiving Issues to the Fore."

Denise Peterson's article on "Writers at Arlington National Cemetery" in the February issue of Signature, newsletter of the Women's National Book Association's Washington Chapter, opens with Mary Randolph, the first person buried at Arlington. Denise points out that the National Park Service plaque near her gravesite makes no mention that she authored The Virginia Housewife.

News From Other Organizations

Thursday, April 10, 6:30 - 9:30 pm: a medieval Spanish feast at the Textile Museum, in celebration of the exhibition, "Carpets of Andalusia." Under the sponsorship of the New Horizons Committee, it will be preceded by sherry and a tour of the exhibition led by curator Carol Bier. For reservations or information: Neda Alizadeh at 202-667-0441 x59.

Saturday, April 26, 10 am - 4 pm: The Herb, Bread, and Tea Festival at Montpelier Mansion will include a sale of used books (many out-of-print and collectible) on cooking, gardening, and flower arranging. Half of the proceeds will benefit the mansion and its almost-finished colonial kitchen. Montpelier Museum is at 9401 Montpelier Dr, Laurel, MD (the intersection of Muirkirk Rd. and Route 197, 1/4 mi. W. of the BW Parkway).

May 3-4, "Brillat-Savarin Revisited: An Exploration of the Emergence of Gastronomy in 19th- Century France," a multi-disciplinary conference at Boston University. For more information: Beth Forrest at 617-358-0226; bforrest@bu.edu.

In May, the U.S. Botanic Garden will present two programs: on basil and on legumes. To attend either, register early: on-line at www.usbg.gov; by phone with a credit card at 202 226-4082; or by mail to U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St., S.W., Washington, DC 20024.

May 17 1-2 pm: "A Passion for Basil with Susan Belsinger. Code DO1703; $15/nonmember.

May 23, 1-3 pm: "Plant Family Album: The Fabulous Fabaceae" with Kyle Wallick, USBG botanist. Code LO52303; $7/nonmember.


Last month's CHoWLine forgot to include information on how to contact Joshua Silver, our speaker in February. To reach him: Joshua Silver, 1020 Pine St. #2R, Philadelphia, PA 19107; 215 629-0272; silverianempire@yahoo.com.

Call For Papers

Marya McQuirter (mmcquirter@hotmail.com) is interested in organizing a panel on food in D.C. for the 30th Annual Washington, D.C. Historical Studies Conference, to be held November 7-8. She plans to focus on vegetarianism and is looking for co-presenters on other food topics. The conference, co-sponsored by the George Washington University, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and the Washingtoniana Division of the D.C. Public Library, is calling for papers and presentations on a wide variety of topics of local history interest, including the city's neighborhoods, ethnic groups, local politics, religion, science, art and media, historic preservation, and architecture. It provides an opportunity for students of all ages, faculty, independent scholars, and members of the community to interact and learn together. There will be 20-minute presentations within a specific 90-minute conference session led by a panel moderator. Proposals must be submitted by May 16, preferably by e-mail. For information, contact Marya, Gail Redmann (gredmann@hswdc.org), or Susan Schreiber (sschreiber@hswdc.org).

On The Bookshelf

Terese Allen, of the Culinary History Enghusiasts of Wisconsin, recently reviewed Pickled Herring and Pumpkin Pie, a 2002 reprint of a 19th-century German cookbook by Henriette Davidis. Her Praktisches Kochbuch, published in Germany in 1844, became a best seller and went through several printings. It was first published in the U.S. by a Milwaukee bookseller in 1897. Terese observes: "...for American audiences, [the editors] incorporated North American ingredients and dishes such as catfish, cornbread and catsup; they converted German measurements to their American equivalents; and inserted glossaries of cooking terms in German and English. One thing they didn't change was Davidis' emphasis on thrift and frugality.... Her Practical Cook Book had broad appeal beyond the German American community and lasting influence on American cooking." The reprint is a project of the University of Wisconsin's Max Kade Institute for German American Studies.

The Book Forager

April 11-14: Used book sale at Stone Ridge School gymnasium, a great source for food books as well as more than 80 other categories. Free admission; ample free parking. Located at 9101 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD. For information: 301 657-4322 x372; www.stoneridge.org/booksale.htm.

Laura Gilliam, Jane Mengenhauser and Shirley Cherkasky met with Anna St. John of Les Dames, and Corrie van Steenberg to talk about plans for making the Culinary Collection more accessible. At our April meeting, Laura will give us an update.

On The Reading Table

Repast, newsletter of the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor, Vol. XIX, No. 1, Winter 2003.

Meeting e-notice, Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin, April 2003.

Meeting notice, Culinary Historians of Southern California, April 2003.

"Three Perspectives on the Future of Food" by Warren Belasco

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