This one is heavy. The title for this episode comes from the last line of “Woman under Siege: Leningrad 1941-1942,” by Darra Goldstein in the book From Betty Crocker to Feminist Food Studies: Critical Perspectives on Women and Food. The chapter is full of details about what happened during the German siege of Leningrad in World War II from September 8 1941 to January 27 1944. Specifically, it is about how women fed their families during the siege. Powerful stuff.
Will lets out a secret, tries to rally listeners for Austin Bakes for West, and talks with Elizabeth Gunz of El Lago Foods. El Lago is in many ways the foundation upon which Central Texas Tex-Mex is built so listen up. (Full disclosure: they paid me in tortillas after the interview.)
It’s more of a snack than a full episode. Have a listen to the folks behind Matt’s El Rancho tell a few quick stories about this storied institution. That interview was conducted by Letisha Brown and Scott Pryor for the Foodways Texas oral history archives.
On his 13th wedding anniversary, Will reflects on the fact that he didn’t have to pawn anything to take the lovely Anastasia out to eat this year. He celebrates the AFBA cookbook launch. And he talks with food writer and BBQ lover Kenny Pailes about the 2013 Foodways Texas Symposium, “Our Barbecue, Ourselves.”