Eating My Words

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Eating My Words: To the Lighthouse’s Boeuf en Daube

Rebecca Peters-Goldenby Rebecca Peters-Golden March 24, 2014

To the Lighthouse is a book about vision: visions of the past, perception of the present, artistic visions. And, clearly, culinary vision, because this stew is freaking delicious. Some recipes (Julia Child’s, for example) scent Boeuf en Daube with cinnamon, orange, and cloves, but I prefer a more Provençal flavor signature, with olives and capers, and I add bacon and brandy to give it a mellow smokiness.”

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Eating My Words: Marcel Proust’s Evocative Madeleines

Rebecca Peters-Goldenby Rebecca Peters-Golden December 19, 2013

“As exaggerated as Proust’s meditation may be, and as much of a pop culture cliché as his madeleines have become, it’s never a bad thing to luxuriate with food, letting faded memories gain strength as we eat.”

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Eating My Words: Weetzie Bat’s Guacamole Tostadas

Rebecca Peters-Goldenby Rebecca Peters-Golden June 27, 2013

“Now, I love guacamole, I love tostadas, and I even love Thousand Island dressing—on, say, a reuben. But on a tostada? I don’t know. Still, in my quest to make this summer Weetzie-tastic, I figured I had to give it a try. The result? It is actually delicious; kind of like a tostada salad with just a hint of trashy summer potluck thrown in.”

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Eating My Words: Oscar Wilde’s Cucumber Sandwiches

Rebecca Peters-Goldenby Rebecca Peters-Golden August 16, 2012

“Oscar Wilde is, as you likely know, a master of showing how the things we dismiss because they are superficial and hedonistic are actually essential to who we are. Cucumber sandwiches have long been a staple of the leisure class’ tea due to the fact that they were not filling, like a meal a laborer would need, but merely delicately delicious.”

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Eating My Words: Johnny & Ponyboy’s Barbecue Sandwiches

Rebecca Peters-Goldenby Rebecca Peters-Golden June 14, 2012

“Maybe it’s partly because of the Coppola film version (1983), in which Ponyboy has barbecue all over his face, but the image of Johnny and Ponyboy shoveling barbecue sandwiches into their mouths after a week of consuming nothing but baloney and cigarettes has always stayed with me. Is there anything more companionable than friends joyfully eating (in a Thunderbird) and making plans—even if those plans center on the fallout of a stabbing?”

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Eating My Words: Dracula’s Chicken Paprikash for Two

Rebecca Peters-Goldenby Rebecca Peters-Golden February 16, 2012

“And, of course, it’s a quick hop from martyrs and massacres to . . . you guessed it: Vlad the Impaler, or Dracula, when he’s at home. You want romance? That’s romance. And it all starts over a modest bowl of thick, velvety Chicken Paprikash, a traditional Hungarian stew.”

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