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Dear Mr Brown, First of all, you are fab and your show is fab and your books are fab!!!

I recently lost a beloved recipe for ITALIAN CREAM CAKE, and in the process of looking for another one that is similar, I have become obsessed with discovering the origins of this southern staple. I suspect it is about as italian as GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE is german, which is not at all. I have also discovered that I am thoroughly enjoying reading about food history. Can you recommend a good source (website, book, email address etc...) for food history and origins of recipes?

Also, do you have a fave food writer?



"Animal crackers and cocoa to drink

That is the finest of suppers, I think

When I'm grown up and can have what I please,

I think I shall always insist upon these"

*Christopher Morley

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There are so many books on the subject that it's tough to choose but I'd have to say my favorites are:

The Food Chronology (Trager)

The Dictionary of American Food And Drink (Mariani)

Rare Bits (Stevens)

Good luck with the Cream Cake.


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