Scouring the internet, university libraries, and other sources, Nicole Villeneuve digs up the recipes of famous authors—from Alice Munro to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow—and re-creates, photographs, and writes about them on her two-year-old blog Paper and Salt. “The intersection between food and writing has always interested me,” she told me; the blog got its start after she read Hemingway’s collected letters. “He talks about gathering strawberries for making shortcake when he was six, rolling out the shortbread dough with his mom. That first kitchen memory is something that everyone remembers, and I thought, that’s so humanizing.”
Are great writers also more eloquent with regard to what they eat? Or is [...]
I picked up this March 1950 issue of McCall's magazine in a thrift store a few weeks back and it's a real delight. There's an advice column written by Eleanor Roosevelt (sample question: "Why is it necessary to have guards around President Roosevelt's grave?", which she answers by saying, "I have nothing to do with the management of the government property at Hyde Park"), as well as an Ask the Doctor feature (sample question: "Is measles a dangerous disease?", which the doctor answers, "Yes. Measles can be a serious disease. Don't say, 'It's nothing but measles'").
There are also three short stories (here's the amazing subhed of one [...]
Butter Sugar Love Warmth A few tears 5 eggs
Go to the closest Safeway, maybe the one down on Willowdale Ave., buy up about thirty or forty pound cakes from the bakery section. Wink at the baker, call her "ma'am." Stop at the local post office, ask Jerry the mailman how the kids are doing. Tell him you've been meaning to get to Nate's soccer games, but just been so damn busy! You know how it is, Jerry. Package up each pound cake individually, throw in one chain from your neck to each box, for good measure. Mark individually with "delicate" and "handle with care." Smile, [...]
The first time I cooked with coconut flour, the muffins came out all soggy and wrong (though weirdly delicious anyhow). The second time, there was an avocado incident that we won’t get into here. But the third time, I felt like Goldilocks tucking into her third bowl of porridge: finally, it was juuuust right.
These grain-free blueberry-banana-coconut muffins are soft, moist, and lightly sweet. Since coconut flour is high in protein and fiber and absorbs a lot of liquid and fat, recipes that call for it generally also call for lots of eggs. These have eggs and coconut milk, as well as banana, honey, and LOTS of blueberries. They were [...]