A Clean Plate

If there are certain foods that trigger nostalgia and console us, there must also be foods that that make us uneasy, foods that bring us back to scenes of discord…

Robert Frank, Drug store – Detroit (1955)

30 at 100

“It’s easy for you to eat healthy. You’ve got money,” Lina said. I don’t think she meant it as an accusation, though I heard that way. I don’t really make a…

Alfred Eisenstaedt, View of Mt Vesuvius from the Town of Torre Annunciata with Men Tending to Drying Pasta

Beyond the Lines

Spaghetti with olive oil and garlic is one of those minimalist signature dishes of cucina povera that demonstrate how a few humble ingredients can be transformed into something heavenly. It…

Velasquez, Woman Frying Eggs, 1618

Cooking Lessons

My friend Marianne is a good cook. She could be an even better one if she weren’t impatient. She’ll take the beans off the stove before they’re tongue-tender. She’ll deglaze…

Mario Sironi "Il pescivendolo" 1927

Eat Well, Be Good

On the spectrum of obsessions and eating disorders, orthorexia resides, at least in the minds of most people, in a blurry end zone somewhere between the inconvenient and the slightly…

A Measure of History

Milano-Torino is a 199-km. long world-class cycling race, one of the fastest on the circuit, the winner clocking the distance between the two northern Italian cities at an average pace…