I try to collect a cookbook from wherever I go, sometimes in the local language, sometimes not. I prefer older and traditional, maybe with a picture of a granny on the cover. (My favorite so far: Cocinando con mi abuela, from Campeche, Mexico.) For anyone who thinks in the same vein, may I recommend two [...]
When I was a kid, my father and I would drive from New Mexico to Los Angeles to visit my grandmother. We’d leave before dawn, and drive straight through. When we got out of the car in L.A., the night air was warm and humid and smelled of orange blossoms. My grandmother’s house always seemed [...]
Oh, Syria, I hope you’re OK. Specifically, Syrians, I hope you’re OK. Every one of you I’ve met has been charming and kind and gracious…and sometimes a bit of a ham. Much love to a beautiful country, and beautiful people.
Poor unloved Casablanca–or “Caza,” as locals say it, with a nice buzzy z. Six million people strong, and typically dismissed by guidebooks and travelers as not scenic, too busy, too modern. But especially in a still-very-traditional place like Morocco, it’s interesting to go to the modern place and see just what details are preserved. As [...]