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deana sidney
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London's Reform Club and Soyer's Famous Grouse Salad
The Reform Club, F. Hopkinson Smith 1913 The story I am about to tell came about because of a remarkable intersection of political and artistic passions. London’s Reform Club was founded in 1836 by the liberal warriors who had successfully championed Englan...
The story I am about to tell came about because of a remarkable intersection of political and artistic passions. London's Reform Club was founded in 1836 by the liberal warriors who had successfully championed England's Reform Act a few years before. Reform Act? –– just boring ancient history, ...
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Lions Forever, Edwin Landseer and Pigeon
Lions installed at Trafalgar Square 1867 I was full of rage and terribly saddened by the dastardly murder of Cecil the lion by a pathetic excuse for a man/hunter. The tragic death has had one positive effect, it has really advanced the conversation about ki...
I was full of rage and terribly saddened by the dastardly murder of Cecil the lion by a pathetic excuse for a man/hunter. The tragic death has had one positive effect, it has really advanced the conversation about killing for fun the way Black Fish has raised awareness about the plight of ...
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John Fothergill, The Spread Eagle and Mavrodaphne Trifle
John Fothergill (1876 – 1957) by Augustus John in 1906    1939 photograph I am exceedingly fond of eccentrics. The word eccentric is a Middle English word according to the dictionary. It comes from Medieval Latin eccentricus , which is from the Greek ekken...
I am exceedingly fond of eccentrics. The word eccentric is a Middle English word according to the dictionary. It comes from Medieval Latin eccentricus, which is from the Greek ekkentros (ex out of + kentron center). Synonyms are "bizarre, bizarro, cranky, crazy, curious, odd, erratic, far-out, ...
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The Great Depression and Shrimp Macaroni Salad with Boiled Dressing
I have just finished a grueling schedule on a TV show that was based on a 1937 crime involving a model, a sculptor and an upholsterer.  All their lives had been upended by the Depression. To prepare for it, I did a bucket of research and learned a good deal...
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The Birth of the Waldorf and Escoffier's Ham Mousse
Original Waldorf-Astoria on 33rd Street It’s official –– following Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes’ next project will be based in New York City’s Gilded Age. To get myself in the golden swing of things I’m pouring over books and recipes from and about the pe...
It's official –– following Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes' next project will be based in New York City's Gilded Age. To get myself in the golden swing of things I'm pouring over books and recipes from and about the period –– it's really one of my favorites for art, music, architecture and, ...
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An excellent post, as always, but I do so love the stories of the old, grand hotels.
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Hi, I'm trying to contact skinny bib. about using photos.  can you get back to me?  thanks
Mayfair.. Dull. Dire. Too many suits, ties, posh cars 'n designerware. It is my belief that when an area caters exclusively for diners who can acquire wealth much faster than taste, what its restau...
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Escaping with Sir Walter Scott, Abbotsford and Scottish Pigeon with Gooseberry Sauce
Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford, Photograph by Fox Talbot, 1844 I am going to write about the man responsible for bringing the delicious romantic dream that is Scotland ­ to the world in the 19th century­–– its mythical construct rife with magic and adventure...
I am going to write about the man responsible for bringing the delicious romantic dream that is Scotland to the world in the 19th century–– its mythical construct rife with magic and adventure (and the inspiration and foundation for the television show, Outlander –– a seriously guilty pleasure ...
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This was inspired by my last TV project based in 1937.  It was an interesting time that really made me appreciate how good we have it today, AND, that boiled dressing is really good!
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At the Kings Table and Chicken with Ham and Mushroom Sauce
James Gillray, A Voluptuary Under the Horrors of Digestion 1792 A few years ago, a curator at Historic London Palaces named Suzanne Groom put out a book that I’ve been meaning to share with you. It’s about great houses, giddy to sick-making tales of royal e...
A few years ago, a curator at Historic London Palaces named Suzanne Groom put out a book that I've been meaning to share with you. It's about great houses, giddy to sick-making tales of royal excesses and food, of course food –– a veritable paradise of material for someone like me.
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Beauty, Brains and Style –– Diane de Poitiers and Renaissance Potage-Green Sauce
Diane de Poitiers, School of Fountainbleu, 1550-60 I was lucky enough to have a pretty decent ‘classical’ education. Still, it was a zillion years ago and since then I have reinforced some subjects and lost others somewhere down my rabbit hole of a memory....
I was lucky enough to have a pretty decent 'classical' education. Still, it was a zillion years ago and since then I have reinforced some subjects and lost others somewhere down my rabbit hole of a memory. I was always pretty good with British history and most Italian but a bit dodgy on France ...
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Kitty Fisher, 18th Century Celebrity and Salmagundy Chicken Salad
Engraving of Kitty Fisher (1741-67) Kitty Fisher , one of the hottest restaurants in London today, is named for one of the most notorious courtesans of the 18th century. It’s located on Shepard Market in Mayfair just a stone’s throw from the palace and the...
Kitty Fisher, one of the hottest restaurants in London today, is named for one of the most notorious courtesans of the 18th century. It's located on Shepard Market in Mayfair just a stone's throw from the palace and the old stomping ground of Miss Fisher (her digs had been just 'round the corner) ...
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London’s Café Royal and the Famous Chicken Pie Café Royal
Café Royal waiters by Aubrey Beardsley Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley and Toulouse-Lautrec to dark magician Aleister Crowley, HG Wells, Aldous Huxley and DH Lawrence as well as future kings of England –– all of them came to Café Royal. In late 19th and early...
In late 19th and early 20th century London, it was the center of a universe for those who were drawn to the evanescent talent and wit of its notable patrons (many of today's readers will not have a clue as to the identity of some of the lost luminaries mentioned –– links are provided should you ...
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I write Lostpastremembered blog, and have never had so much fun.
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I am a NYC based production designer who started blogging about food (http://lostpastremembered.blogspot.com/) with a history garnish....  it's a vacation from the now.
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I have covered everything from 6000 year old Mesopotamian clay tablets to ancient Rome to Henry VIII to Robber Barons and favorite 19th and 20th century cookbooks. I learn something new every day.
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    Film Designer and run food-history blog Lostpastremembered
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