Tales From Topographic Kitchens

Nic Miller
A place to celebrate food writing and cookbooks. Winner of the Guild of Food Writers Award for best online food writing 2020
Created 03 Sep 2020
  • Kitsch Corner #3: Charlie Harry
    19 Oct 2021 • 15 min read • 2 0
    Welcome to #3 of my Kitsch Corner series, where I reevaluate my childhood love for John Wayne, the old westerns which my grandfather called ‘Charlie Harrys’, and a kitsch cookbook inspired by one of W...
  • Egg
    19 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 1
    Share Oddly enough, it is to eggs that I turn when I want to remind myself of the comfort of the familiar even though there is something essentially unknowable about them. I enjoy this dynamic tension...
  • O Mosey Quince
    07 Sep 2021 • 12 min read • 4 2
    Share Tales From Topographic Kitchens “O mosy quince, hangyng by your stalke, The whyche no man dar pluk away ner take, Of all the folk that passe forby or walked, Your flowres fresshe be fallyn away ...
  • News: Zoe Adjonyoh serves up an essay collection
    01 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 0
    The bloody excellent Zoe Adjonyoh has announced a new project via Unbound publishers, and I am thrilled that she has asked me to contribute. Serving Up: Essays on food, identity and culture by Zoe Adj...
  • Books and deals I am excited about
    23 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    This post is for paying subscribers. Should you wish to become one, please click on the yellow button below. And thank you so much for your support. Subscribe now A bit of a hotchpotch because I wante...
  • An interview with Lily Ramirez-Foran
    19 Aug 2021 • 9 min read • 4 1
    Subscribe now I am working on a series of newsletters about Mexican-authored cookbooks, and I am delighted to introduce my first interviewee. Lily Ramirez-Foran is the owner of Dublin’s Picado Mexican...
  • The lime that is key to a truly great pie
    01 Jul 2021 • 11 min read • 2 0
    Subscribe now Share It is hard to get your hands on fresh Key limes outside of the Americas and the Caribbean. Memories of limes hanging both in clusters and ripe and fallen in the front yards of hous...
  • Why the Belgian prune pie is at home in Wisconsin
    17 Jun 2021 • 15 min read • 5 1
    Subscribe now Traversing the United States in search of pie, writer Pascale Le Draoulec was struck by the vastness of a country where an immigrant group can set up home and continue the traditions bro...
  • Dangly Bits
    07 Jun 2021 • 8 min read • 3 0
    Subscribe now Share Organ meats can appear pretty visceral on the butchers’ slab, but we’ve never seen our own human equivalents in the flesh. Hence, there’s a corporeal disconnect on some level, maki...
  • Guava Jelly and Spiced Bun
    24 May 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    This is my first paid subscription-only post, so please click on the gold button below if you would like to become a paid subscriber. Subscribe now Share In Babylonia, cross buns were offered to Ishta...
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