March 2017

“Do Not . . .” by Anna Soo-Hoo

Around 1512/1514 in France an illustrated manuscript seemingly made for the heir apparent to the crown shows a number of sayings that use food as a way to talk about morals.  At the time, François […]

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February 2017

“At the White House: Honoré Julien, Edith Hern Fossett, and Frances Gillette Hern” by Anna Soo-Hoo

April 3, 1807 was a regular workday for the chef Honoré Julien (1760–1830) and his assistants Edith Hern Fossett (1787-1854) and Frances Gillette Hern (1788-after 1827), both of whom were slaves.  When they were preparing […]

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January 2017

“A Very Sweet Present: Moroccan Sugar Loaves” by Iziar de Miguel

In Morocco sugar loaves are offered on the occasion of a marriage proposal (two sugar loaves), weddings, births, or visits to persons celebrating their return from the pilgrimage to Mekka.  It is said that sugar […]

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December 2016

“Marmelade: La Fontaine, Zola, Verlaine, Sartre, Sand, Sade, Céline” by Anna Soo-Hoo

Jam on bread can be comforting, routine, pleasant, appetizing, or too sweet.  We step into different territory, however, when we look at the French word marmelade as it has been used in figurative ways by […]

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November 2016

“Compotier” by Anna Soo-Hoo

The compotier (a generally long-stemmed dish or bowl for serving dessert or uncooked fruit) has been reworked in exceptional ways by Pierre Reverdy (1889-1960), Juan Gris (1887-1927), Marcel Mültzer (1866-1937), and Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933).

 

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October 2016

“Pears and . . . Ladies High Fashion? Mais oui!” by Anna Soo-Hoo

Pear trees were a distinguishing feature of aristocratic gardens in France during the fifteenth century, but it was under the reign of Henri IV that this luxury fruit became even more prominent.  When the Edict […]

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“Peasant Women Selling Apples” by Anna Soo-Hoo

Apple Marys and Apple Annies were women so nicknamed when they sold apples on the streets as a way to eke out a living in New York City and other US cities during the late […]

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September 2016

“Lady Apples and the Big Apple” by Anna Soo-Hoo

Is the borough of Queens in New York City really that much less interesting than Manhattan?  Not if you know that the Huguenots who had settled in colonial Flushing (present-day parts of Queens and Long […]

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“Perilous Pears Pickled, Please: Philipon and Louis-Philippe I” by Anna Soo-Hoo

The pear motif in caricatures of King Louis-Philippe I (1773-1850) that were drawn by Charles Philipon (1800-1862) and his fellow caricaturists has been analyzed by critics from many angles, but an approach that seems not […]

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