Alice B. Toklas and the French culinary tradition

Alice Babette Toklas was born and raised in California. In 1907 she moved to Paris, where she lived with Gertrude Stein, the American writer and art collector, and later to the Bugey, a region in south-eastern France famous for its gastronomy. She and Gertrude Stein worked as volunteers for the American Fund for French Wounded during the First World War and, although both were Jewish, they remained in Nazi-occupied France throughout the Second World War. In addition to keeping one of the most celebrated tables of the twentieth century, Alice B. Toklas also worked as a translator, and both her memoirs and her correspondence were published to great acclaim. The following is an extract from the Alice B. Toklas Cookbook, on the tradition of french cuisine…

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A delicious recipe for pork, white wine, and figs from ancient Rome

This week’s free recipe comes from Roman Cookery, Mark Grant’s classic work on the cuisine of ancient Rome. Roman Cookery unveils one of Europe’s last great culinary secrets: the food eaten by the ordinary people of ancient Rome. Based on olive oil, fish and fresh vegetables, their cuisine was the origin of the Mediterranean diet as we know it today and, in particular, of classic Italian cooking.

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The Hour of The Goddess: An Interview With Chitrita Banerji

Earlier this month Tiffin published the following interview with author of Bengali Cooking, Chitrita Banerji:

I met Chitrita Banerji the week before Thanksgiving at her Cambridge home, where we shared a pot of fine tea and she plied me with homemade Bengali snacks—sandesh, the milk sweet so popular in Banerji’s native Kolkata, and postor bora, fried croquettes made out of white poppy seeds and rice flour. The bricked-in alleys and mews outside were deserted from the piercing cold and it was a delight to speak with Banerji about everything from Satyajit Ray (whose Feluda stories she has translated) to the history of chhana, the milk solids that famously form the basis of a wide variety of Bengali sweets (sandesh included).
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