I love the detailed cooking photos.
Gosh Sally, I dunno. Why is it that the very word "pioneer" is a total turn off---elementary school books and their dreary stories, droning relatives harking back to ancient forebears? I dunno. Your earlier 19th century reading has inspired me to pick up Moby Dick for a selective re-read. 19th century American lit. as the literature of obsession. There's a thought. Today's characters seem mild, all too ready for their photo opportunity or media write up or jail sentence.
I liked the cooking stuff the best. She uses a single lens reflex camera-- ooh they are expensive. She cooks with butter but looks normal sized in the pictures. The blueberry cobbler sure looked tasty. But cottage cheese in lasagna is a bit ick, even for me.On the other hand I can't decide what I think of blogs where the author is playing a part, though consistently. Katy, interesting what you said about pioneers, and I definitely get it. The actual pioneers in the covered wagons were sort of like skinny Walmart shoppers, I mean they were taking a risk, not very well informed, (or smart), and many were loser types before they ever started out.When Dinah was little I read every "Little House on the Prairie" book to her. I hadn't read them when I was little- don't know how I missed out. They were deeply moving. Sometimes I'd start crying as I read them, and I'm not the crying type. I never read "Moby Dick." The idea worried me, probably should just face up to it one day.
I really do love this, "The actual pioneers in the covered wagons were sort of like skinny Walmart shoppers..." If I knew Joan Didion's address I would send it to her for a smile.
Thanks, Katy. I go on jags of reading Western history.
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