The Economist, of all things, is getting serious about Food Studies. It has a lovely history of cookbooks in its current issue, accompanied by a wonderful illustration. The writer is anonymous, of course (I will never understand why The Economist doesn’t let its writers sign their articles–most annoying). Cookbooks, says Anonymous, do more than teach how to cook. They tell us what’s happening in society and help us deal with life. Buy cookbooks as presents, read them, try a recipe or two, and eat the result! I can’t think of a better gift. Happy holidays to all!
And here’s an idea: if you happen to have more cookbooks or books about food than you have room for, and are looking for a wonderful and appreciative home for them, send them to the NYU Fales special collection of materials on Food and Cookery. The collection has 20,000 volumes so far, thousands of pamphlets, and a rapidly growing collection of papers from food professionals.