A culture of cooking in conversation between mother and daughter

April 15, 2021

I have a tiny New York City kitchen. It’s a one person at-a-time space. If someone comes to get something from the refrigerator, I usually have to pause or even move aside. I have arranged it so that it holds everything I need within reach. That’s the good side.


July 15, 2021

Just outside Barcelona, our tiny car went violently up the mountain road, sailing over twisted roots and coming down sharply into deep pits. It took all our strength while laughing at what we had gotten ourselves into, to hold on to the straps in the back so we wouldn’t just bang our heads together. Our host had been a dirt bike racer on this mountain in his youth and we could see how happy it made him to drive the old route in a tiny but sturdy car. When we finally stopped on top of the mountain…


June 15, 2021

It is said that breakfast is the one meal that’s habitual for most people. I like good coffee in the morning. Traveling through Japan years ago, I realized I really wouldn’t have chosen raw fish for my first meal. Later in the day sushi is more appealing. The broth and rice with a raw egg mixed in was fine, but I found myself appreciating that the hot rice cooked the egg a bit. Still, I do really love a special breakfast once in a while. One of my favorites is this Middle Eastern breakfast:

It begins with…


— May 15th, 2021

On the outskirts of Latte, a small village in the South of France, a man named Eric Pedebas grows tomatoes. He calls himself the Tomatologue. At one time he had an annual tomato festival, and I was able to taste some of his tomatoes from the vast greenhouses where he grows thousands of varieties, hundreds at a time. They range from the size of a berry to clusters of large lobed fruits. Varied in color from almost white through yellows and orange to bright red, some are striped with green or splashed with dark purple, some nearly black. All of…

Karen Shasha

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