Historic Recipes in Your Inbox

LauraschenoneEvery month, writer Laura Schenone, author of A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove: A History of American Women Told through Food, Recipes, and Remembrances, sends out a historic recipe to subscribers to her mailing list, the Not To Be Forgotten Recipe Project. Previous emails have included a 150-year-old recipe for rhubarb jam, an 18th century recipe for "Bride Cake," and an 1824 recipe for Gazpacho. Each recipe arrives with details on the history of the dish, commentary, and instructions for preparation in a modern kitchen.

Ms. Schenone will be speaking about her book at an upcoming event presented by the Culinary Historians of New York, Tuesday, November 9, at the Park Avenue Methodist Church.

Photo: lauraschenone.com


Agenda: 11/3 to 11/9

1. Food on Film Salon, a four part series at Makor, 35 West 67th Street, exploring the intersection of gastronomy and cinema, continues on Thursday, November 4, with Babette's Feast (1987). Screening is at 7:30 p.m., followed by a discussion with chef Rick Moonen and Niloufar Motamed, food editor at Travel & Leisure magazine. $15/person (212.601.1000).
2. In Memory’s Kitchen, Cara De Silva, editor, and Bianca Steiner Brown, translator, discuss their book, In Memory's Kitchen, a cookbook written by the women of the Terezin concentration camp, Sunday, November 7, 7:30 p.m., at the 92nd Street Y, 92nd Street at Lexington Avenue. $25/person (212.415.5500).
3. Taste of New York, New York magazine presents the fall edition of its Taste of New York event, featuring food and wine from more than 40 New York restaurants, Monday, November 8, at the Puck Building, 293 Lafayette Street. Tickets, benefiting City Harvest, are $110-165 (reserve online or at 800.679.0493).
4. Third Annual Tribeca Cookoff, watch five Fire Department of New York chefs compete against five Tribeca restaurant chefs, Tuesday, November 9, 5:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., at Tribeca Rooftop, 2 Desbrosses Street (between Hudson & Greenwich Streets). $175/person (212.966.0063).
5. A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove: A History of American Women Told Through Food, Recipes, and Remembrances, lecture by author Laura Schenone presented by the Culinary Historians of New York, Tuesday, November 9, 6:30 p.m. reception/7:00 p.m. program, at Park Avenue Methodist Church, Clarke Hall, 106 East 86 Street. $25/members, $30/guests (212.334.4175).
6. Burgundy Festival, a special three-course menu of the food and wine of Burgundy, continues through Monday, November 15, at Gavroche, 212 West 14th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. The price is $30 ($45 with wines) (212.647.8553).
7. Downtown for Dinner, week-long dining event featuring prix fixe menus for $20.04 (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity) at participating downtown restaurants, presented by the Downtown Alliance, continues through Sunday, November 7.

Ongoing Events
1. Have You Eaten Yet? The Chinese Restaurant in America, an exhibit exploring the Chinese restaurant’s origin and growth in America and its cultural significance, at the Museum of Chinese in the Americas (70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Floor). The exhibit continues through June 2005. Suggested admission is $3 (212.619.4785).
2. Cookin': A Sizzling Entertainment, "a fast-paced kitchen percussion show combining comedy, rhythm, and non-verbal performance," at the Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane (212.420.8000).


Shopping List: Battery Powered Dishwashing

Finally, a gadget for the dishwashing machine-challenged. The Dawn Power Dish Brush, which operates like an electric toothbrush on steroids, has a battery-powered brush head which spins away with the aim of making dishwashing by hand a cinch. But, does it work? The Food Section gave the brush a test drive on a pan sullied with the detritus of a roast chicken and found that it actually cleaned away most of the burnt on bits. However, old fashioned elbow grease was ultimately needed to scrub the pan completely clean. At the very least, the whirring, motorized brush adds a degree of excitement to one of the worst household chores.

The Dawn Power Dish Brush retails for $7.99 at drugstore.com.


Thank You

A special thanks to Graham Holliday, a.k.a. "Pieman," for his five-part Moveable Feast exploring the flavors of Saigon. From egg-stuffed breakfast baguettes to "Len Len" snails to sweet, coconut-laced Che Chung, his pin-sticking theory of gastronomical discovery turned out to be a winner. You can continue following Mr. Holliday's journeys at his weblog, Noodlepie.

A look back at all of the Moveable Feast: Saigon entries:
» Destination: Saigon
» Commoner's Cuisine
» Street Snack
» Ghetto Soup
» Snail Street
» Just Desserts