Jump to content


Welcome to the eG Forums!

These forums are a service of the Society for Culinary Arts & Letters, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancement of the culinary arts. Anyone can read the forums, however if you would like to participate in active discussions please join the society.

Photo

Mommy Dearest - any good home cooking?


  • Please log in to reply
3 replies to this topic

#1 WHS

WHS
  • participating member
  • 384 posts
  • Location:Amherst, New Hampshire

Posted 01 December 2005 - 06:16 PM

For a while there, your mom was taking a pretty heavy beating from you on the editor's page (and in your books). I remember going home for the first time after living on my own, and being shocked by how BAD my mother's cooking was. (Whenever I pass a restaurant that has a sign that says "Fine Family Dining" a shiver goes down my spine.) So my question to you: Did your mother make anything that conjures up fond memories?

#2 Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl
  • participating member
  • 69 posts

Posted 01 December 2005 - 07:27 PM

For a while there, your mom was taking a pretty heavy beating from you on the editor's page (and in your books).  I remember going home for the first time after living on my own, and being shocked by how BAD my mother's cooking was.  (Whenever I pass a restaurant that has a sign that says "Fine Family Dining" a shiver goes down my spine.)  So my question to you:  Did your mother make anything that conjures up fond memories?

View Post

Yes, my mother cooked the greatest corn I've ever eaten. We had a house in Connecticut, and she had a farmer she got corn from. She'd call him, tell him to go pick, and put a pot of water on to boil. She liked little white ears - at a time when NOBODY wanted them - so the farmer was thrilled to give her the stuff nobody else wanted. She'd come home from Renzulli's, we'd shuck really fast, and then she'd cook the corn for about a minute. Sweet butter, a little salt - nothing's ever tasted better.

She also cooked great lobsters. Got them from some guy down at the shore.

She could shop: She just didn't believe (really) that anything went bad, anything needed to cook for more than about 10 minutes, or that any combinations wouldn't work.

#3 Megan Blocker

Megan Blocker
  • eGullet Society staff emeritus
  • 3,041 posts
  • Location:New York, NY

Posted 01 December 2005 - 08:07 PM

I have to say, I just re-read Tender at the Bone, and I still can't get over the chapters about your mother's food - they are some of my favorite parts, both in how they illustrate your personality and relationship with your mother, and just for the pure shock/humor factor.

Ruth, do you think your early exposure to less-than-fresh food helped you develop the strong, adventurous stomach necessary for life as a food writer, reviewer and editor?

Edited by Megan Blocker, 02 December 2005 - 10:20 AM.

"We had dry martinis; great wing-shaped glasses of perfumed fire, tangy as the early morning air." - Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado

Queenie Takes Manhattan
eG Foodblogs: 2006 - 2007

#4 WHS

WHS
  • participating member
  • 384 posts
  • Location:Amherst, New Hampshire

Posted 01 December 2005 - 09:16 PM

I have to say, I just re-read Tender at the Bone, and I still can't get over the chapters about your mother's food - they are some of my favorite parts, both in how they illustrate your personality and relationship with your mother, and just for the pure shock/humor factor.

View Post

Yes, the slap of recognition was strong. Vivid memories of my (japanese) mother include digging for tiny clams next to an oil refinery in Tokyo Bay and making a potentially toxic miso soup, and her finest moment: stealing the cook away from the German ambassador when we lived in Bangkok--we ate sauerbraten in 90 degree heat for months...