Brave, Curious, Bright and Fearless: A Tribute to Julia Child

On her website ToriAvey.com, Tori Avey explores the story behind the food – why we eat what we eat, how the recipes of different cultures have evolved, and how yesterday’s recipes can inspire us in the kitchen today. Learn more about Tori and The History Kitchen.

This past weekend, I took my first Zumba class. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Zumba (or the silly infomercials it inspired), it’s a Latin-style calorie-burning dance/exercise class. As a food blogger, I most definitely need to burn some extra calories every week. Zumba seemed like a fun idea, but I have the unfortunate disadvantage of being born with two left feet. While I wanted to jump in and try something new, I was also mildly terrified I would look like an idiot and make a fool of myself.

Enter Julia Child, the culinary angel on my shoulder, reminding me I have nothing to fear but fear itself. Ever since I started cooking, I’ve drawn inspiration and delight from Julia’s cooking shows and books. Her teaching style was encouraging and kind, a constant reminder that nobody is perfect. She brightened the kitchen with her wit and charm. And while Julia doesn’t have anything to do with Zumba, she has an awful lot to do with inspiring my inner confidence—both as a cook and as a person.

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Uncover The History of Pasta

On her website ToriAvey.com, Tori Avey explores the story behind the food – why we eat what we eat, how the recipes of different cultures have evolved, and how yesterday’s recipes can inspire us in the kitchen today. Learn more about Tori and The History Kitchen.

Pasta is one of my great food weaknesses. In my world, there are few dishes that can compete with the yum-factor of angel hair pasta topped with creamy vodka sauce. That’s why I was so happy to hear about the “Pasta Diet.” It really works! There are just a few simple rules… make sure you memorize them with an Italian accent:

  1. Walk-a pasta the bakery;
  2. Walk-a pasta the ice cream shop;
  3. Walk-a pasta the refrigerator;

You will lose-a the weight!

Practical advice, no?! Too bad it’s so difficult to follow!

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Explore The Delicious History of Ice Cream

On her website ToriAvey.com, Tori Avey explores the story behind the food – why we eat what we eat, how the recipes of different cultures have evolved, and how yesterday’s recipes can inspire us in the kitchen today. Learn more about Tori and The History Kitchen.

If you grew up in America, odds are you know this little foodie rhyme:

“You scream! I scream! We all scream for ice cream!”

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What is “The History Kitchen”?

On her website ToriAvey.com, Tori Avey explores the story behind the food – why we eat what we eat, how the recipes of different cultures have evolved, and how yesterday’s recipes can inspire us in the kitchen today. Learn more about Tori and The History Kitchen.

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What is The History Kitchen?

The History Kitchen is the culmination of a journey that started when I was a little girl. As a child, I spent a lot of time with my paternal grandparents, Grandpa Clarence and Grandma Lois. Grandma and Grandpa did their best to enrich my days with art, music, film, and history. Their influence helped to shape my interest in all things cultural. Growing up, I was one of those nerdy kids who adored history; I read historical novels, watched period dramas, performed in Shakespearean festivals, and had a secret desire to live in another decade. When I taught myself how to cook, I became curious about the origins of the foods we eat. I began to collect vintage and antique cookbooks. My natural interest in all things historical led me to become a food sleuth. Each recipe proved to be a tantalizing mystery, and I made it my mission to dig up the roots and origins of every dish I cooked.

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