Do you like history? I do. It was an acquired taste, but I confess I do love peering intently into the stories that weave together and form the tapestry of human experience. So much of the past influences and affects our lives today. You know, events like…
Today in 1990, Campbell’s Soup produced its 20 billionth (with a “b”) can of tomato soup. Love it or hate it, you can’t deny it’s iconic-ness (is that a word?) After all, Any Warhol and the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art celebrate it.
On the 17th, Betty White turns an unbelievable 91, proving that the ability to laugh at life and yourself can keep you relevant and vibrantly youthful.
And speaking of timeless, A.A. Milne’s birthday is remembered on the 18th. Where would we be without Winne-the-Pooh and his comrades? My children and I have watched, read and sang the beloved stories of Pooh’s adventures since Oldest Son was a baby.
(We still have his first Pooh bear….and it still plays the tune when you squeeze it. When we knew Swimmer Girl was going to be a baby girl, her brothers suggested Pooh bedding for her crib, and made sure she would grow up knowing all the wonderful goings-on in the Hundred Acre Wood.)
And finally for this week of history, January 21 marks the 28th year since James Beard passed away at the age of 82.
I was a young bride when he died, and at the time my cooking style bore absolutely no resemblance to haute cuisine. (It still bears very little similarity, but my pantry is stocked with more and better foodstuffs than it was back in the mid-80s.) His legacy continues to drive American tastes and inspire would-be-foodies everywhere to raise the bar and make meals memorable, and I am grateful to him for helping make us all more aware of the what makes food “good.”
I hope your week is full of good thoughts and happy memories.