4._Feast_Table,_1643This is not just for chefs and foodies, today is for anyone who cooks, which means all of us on


In America, we’re all about the food. Big country, big appetite.

Until the 20th Century, most of us made food, before we discovered big cities and jazz. The Industrial Revolution had already made farming less labor intensive, and then 4 million Doughboys saw Gay Paree in WW1, came home with a taste for the exotic, and a lot of farm boys became urban restaurant patrons.

We’ve always been a bountiful nation, and every holiday revolves as much around the food as the event itself. Every one of us have dishes we cook better than anyone else, even if it’s only scrambled eggs, while others are kitchen legends. We cook and eat every kind of food there is, since America is made up of people from every place there is.

The South has its barbecue, the West its Mexican, the North has God-knows-what-those-people-eat, and the immigrant-saturated East has all that and more, and everywhere has pizza, hotdogs and Chinese food. So, whether you’re cooking big or small today, or if you’re baking, frying, broiling, smoking, poaching, boiling or grilling, do it like only you can. Bon Appétit!

•Suggested Activities: Spicing it up.

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