Saturday, February 14, 2009

Great Depression Cooking with Clara

Evidence that there is still good stuff on YouTube. I came across this series of nine videos and really, really, wish that someone had thought to do this with my great-grandmother before she passed in 2000 at the age of 98 (although no one was ever able to duplicate her chicken 'n dumplings even when shown multiple times). Clara reminds us that simple, cheap food can be wholesome and good. It got me thinking again of how the Internet has become a repository for cultural lore that used to be passed down in families and circulated among (physical) communities. In Episode 4, she mentions that back then, everyone had backyard gardens and chickens, but she doesn't think it's allowed anymore. She also tells of when she caught an uninvited neighbor picking produce from her garden. I'm thinking that very soon, her memories are going to become much more than just quaint little stories.

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