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May Market Report, by Stacey Harwood-Lehman

One of the best things, or maybe the best thing, about teaching Food Narratives at the New School is learning about the customs and cultures of the students. Over the years I’ve had students from all over the United States plus Israel, India, Thailand, the Philippines, China, Brazil, and elsewhere.  I’ve had American-born students with […]

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March Market Report, By Stacey Harwood-Lehman

Have you heard the one about the man who wanted to win the lottery? Every week he went to synagogue to pray. “God,” he said, “I know I haven’t been perfect but I really need to win the lottery! Please help me out.” A week went by and he hadn’t won the lottery so he […]

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January Market Report, by Stacey Harwood-Lehman

A cookbook is a historical and political document.  Think about it. Pick up any cookbook and you will learn as much about the economic forces of its time as you would from any history book. What do the recipes tell you about the demographics of its preferred audience? What is their class? Their social standing? […]

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Domino sugar ad, 1950s

December Market Report, by Stacey Harwood-Lehman

In January of 1974, a five-pound bag of sugar cost 85 cents; by year-end, just in time for the office cookie exchange, the price of the same five-pound bag increased to $2.35.  The trend was driven by a complicated combination of geopolitical events, including bad weather that wiped out crops, changes in domestic subsidies, import […]

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Via NYPL Digital Collection of WPA Art

November Market Report, by Stacey Harwood-Lehman

Can you believe it? It’s time to start thinking about holiday gifts. Thanksgiving is upon us, and the shopping season will begin in earnest with the dreaded Black Friday mayhem. Here’s a thought: if you’re here, it’s because you’re interested in food. You care about how your meals are prepared, where your ingredients come from, […]

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October Market Report, by Stacey Harwood-Lehman

Attention culinary historians of the 2516!  If you think you know what we’re eating today by looking at our food blogs and Instagram feeds, think again. Those perfectly lighted snapshots are more likely to document the occasional splurge or special occasion indulgence than our daily bread. We don’t take pictures of the bowl of Cocoa […]

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The former egg-grading room on the Schwartzman farm in Freehold, NJ (Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, NJ)

August Market Report, by Stacey Hardwood-Lehman

Surely this has happened to you: One day you have a knotty research question. You begin with, say, Wikipedia. You click on a footnote link, one click leads to another and before you know it, it’s tomorrow!  How you landed where you are is a mystery.             It was by just such a series of virtual […]

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"Gluten-free" by Deanna Dorangrichia

July Market Report, by Stacey Harwood-Lehman

My husband’s recent diagnosis of celiac disease came as a complete shock to both of us. He had been experiencing many months of debilitating symptoms that had been attributed variously to chemotherapy, post-surgery recovery, and an intractable infection. Doctors told us that his symptoms would wax and wane and that he might just have to live […]

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June Market Report, by Stacey Harwood-Lehman

School’s out for summer!  Congratulations to all graduates and to those still in the midst of their studies, for completing another semester. It’s time for swimsuits and sunscreen. For the second time, I taught “Food Narratives” to New School undergraduates and continuing ed students.  In the past, I had conceived of food narratives in literary genres—poetry, […]

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April Market Report, by Stacey Harwood-Lehman

“. . .  at the midpoint /of summer, /the tomato, /star of earth, recurrent /and fertile / star, displays / its convolutions, /its canals, /its remarkable amplitude /and abundance, . . .”  from Ode to the Tomato by Pablo Neruda It wasn’t until I left my childhood home in a suburb of New York City […]

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