Marion Cunningham is one of my favorite food writers because she is so down to earth and honest in both her writing and her choice of recipes. She is now writing a book (her last, she says) about what she calls "lost" recipes.
She writes, "Today, strangers prepare much of our food. With so much of our cooking done by professional chefs, fast-food companies and the makers of convenience food who pump out meals ready to be popped into the microwave, we're losing so much.
By abandoning the kitchen, we have lost a link to the past and also a link to the future."
Her new book will preserve American recipes, those recipes that she calls "roadmaps to culture."
She's also starting a new series of articles in the San Francisco Chronicle -- the first one is linked below -- that will include some of these "lost" recipes. I can't wait to read this series and to get the book when it's published.