Author: pat willard

Grew up in Philadelphia. Live in Brooklyn. Written four books best described as about memory and cultural history, food and some pretty good recipes. Works in progress may be viewed at

Despite It All

The meal will go a long way to restore spirits and some equilibrium. And I will chant Everything is fine! fine! FINE!!!

A Literary April Fool

Jane Austen received a letter today from the Prince Regent, the future King George the IV. Considering its royal stamp, she probably opened it right away.

Brain Health: An Owner’s Guide To A Happy, Resilient, and Stress Free Brain

Our brains are under siege. We’re not just stressed. We are stressed out. Here’s a guide to help.

Take a Chance with Dead Eye on the Side

I was lousy at keeping my station of three booths and a corner of the counter content. The women taught me, I learned as fast as possible and, by the middle of my second week I was pretty good.

St. Patrick’s Day Shenanigans

The one thing I’ll ask of you is to eat more soda bread than get stupefying drunk

Stomach Ache in the Time of Covid

I suspect there’s a bunch of people out there who are suffering as much as I am and may well benefit from these sensible and simple recipes to console an out-of-sorts stomach.

Barbecue and the Petrified Dogs

Instead of researching, I’ve watched this and thought you like it, too.

Susan B. Anthony Yells At a Bunch of Men!

Susan Anthony often picked rotten eggs out of her bonnet and suffered some of the worse food imaginable during one of the worse periods in American cooking.

It’s a Marmalade Cheese Cake Kind of Day

Eleanor Barnett is a Cambridge educated food historian which makes her smarter than me but it also means she knows her stuff.

A Home for Pots and Pans

Pots and pans are a part of a cook’s history, an extension of their owners. Used pots and pans form the spine of my kitchen.