General Food Writing Archive

More general food writing. Stories from your hosts about their lives, growing up, what food means to them, etc. Brace yourself for trips down memory lane.

The Backlot Dims: Remembering Joan Rivers

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The most memorable person I have ever met, was Joan Rivers, and it was all because of a last minute bartending job. In the late 1970's, I was working at a "fern bar"; the hot new thing, known for featuring lots of greenery and Boston ferns in macrame hangers, fake antiques, and a clientele wearing mostly polyester … [Read more...]

Sunday Dinner with Betty


In the 1990's, I was living in Sonoma County California. This was during the middle of the AIDS crisis, and somehow I had ended up working in a hospice, counseling patients, walking their dogs, cooking, cleaning their houses, arranging memorials... whatever I could do. It was a fulfilling yet exhausting job, sharing … [Read more...]

If I Should Fall Behind


I don't do a lot of personal writing here anymore, but in this case I'm making an exception, with a little tribute to my sister, who recently died from cancer. Pam was a quintessential Berkeley hippie. A free spirit, child of the 60s, early commune resident, fanatical about alternative medicine and homeopathy, and … [Read more...]

Memories – Making Mayonnaise From Scratch

Making Mayonnaise

I've written many times about my early summers on a cattle ranch in Texas, here's one more story. I’m taking you back once more for a recipe I use all the time, my grandmother’s mayonnaise. If you'd rather skip the memories of my early life, you'll find it at the bottom. My first summer in Waxahachie was in 1962. I … [Read more...]

Remembering Food …

David Jenkins

I grew up in a family that was not sophisticated about food. We were not sophisticated about many things ... the red Nash Rambler with Bible verses painted on both sides, our clothing from neighborhood rummage sales, our house on the north end of town ... and our food. I trace our relationship to food to my … [Read more...]

Review: Podnah’s Pit Barbecue

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Updated 8/14 I'm indulging myself in the beginning of this review by taking a walk down memory lane. Click here if you'd like to  jump to review section. When I was a kid, I spent many summers on a big cattle ranch just down the road from the booming metropolis of Maypearl Texas, population less than 300. We had a … [Read more...]

Time For Our 2010 Food Writing Contest!

[The contest is now closed! The judges will take a look and come up with top favorites, which will be listed for you to vote on. Thanks to everyone for the great entries.] A few years ago, we had a food writing contest. It was so successful, I've lined up some great prizes, and we'll do it again. First prize is an … [Read more...]

Ode to Mr. Bell

Taco Bell Founder

Glen Bell Jr., founder of Taco Bell, died yesterday. I thought it appropriate to re-run this post from 2005. When I first left home for college, I ended up living in student housing directly next to a Taco Bell. My residence was on the third floor, and early every morning when they started cooking for the day, the … [Read more...]