Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Food Issue

The Food Issue

The Wasteland

Growing up I don’t recall undue adoration¬†given over to food, and more broadly cuisine, and there was a reason: there wasn’t a lot going on in the American kitchen.

In those days ethnic food consisted of carry out Mexican from Tippy’s Taco House in Arlington (Virginia), Chung King frozen eggrolls, and maybe in the summer a cucumber and cream cheese sandwich in something called ‘pita’ bread, along with a cold soup¬†called gazpacho. The beer was Michelob, the wine was Almaden or Blue Nun or Mateuse Rose (‘hey hey hey’), and the water was either tap or Perrier, which my mother insisted on pronouncing as it was spelled (as was true of most French words – she did know better, but that’s how she was). Food was regional, but not so much in cooking, as in availability: if my sister’s Continue Reading