Posts Tagged ‘gastronomy’

Book: The Gastronomica Reader

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

The Gastronomica Reader - Cover Image.We’re thrilled to have culinary expert Darra Goldstein, founding editor and editor-in-chief of Gastronomica: the Journal of Food and Culture, as Study Leader on our Cultures and Cuisines by Private Jet experience.

This week, take your own culinary journey with Goldstein’s newest book, The Gastronomica Reader. Designed both to entertain and to provoke, The Reader offers a sumptuous sampling from the journal’s pages — including essays, poetry, interviews, memoirs, and an outstanding selection of the artwork that has made the quarterly so distinctive. In words and images, it takes us around the globe, through time, and into a dazzling array of cultures.

Cuisine is a key part of travel, and many meals evoke a sense of place. What’s your favorite way to travel with your pallette? Please share!

Food For Thought

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Linda Stevens is Field Notes Coordinator for Smithsonian Journeys. Combing the Institution for interesting projects happening around the world, she prepares these research notes especially for travelers. Today, she shares some experiences from her own travels. Learn more about Linda here. Click here to see more research notes.

Hawaiian lei flowers. Photo: Courtesy of Flickr user babasteve

Hawaiian lei flowers. Photo: Courtesy of Flickr user babasteve

I never set out to collect cookbooks; it just sort of happened when I wasn’t looking. I had the standard ones on my kitchen shelf, but a Smithsonian Journeys trip to Hawaii in 1987 sent me off in a whole new direction.

My husband’s talents in the kitchen did not even cover making coffee, so before the Hawaiian trip departed, I alerted all my local family and friends that I would be gone, certain that they would take the hint and extend a dinner invitation (or two) in my absence.

The trip was a delightful exploration of the islands of Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai. One of the highlights of the trip was a luau at a private home in Hawi on the island of Hawaii. Earl and Audrey Veloria and their son, Kaleo, welcomed us to their home for an afternoon and evening of preparing the luau feast, lei making, singing, dancing, story tellingand eating!

Earl had already dug the imu (underground oven) in which our luau was to cook, and he had lined it with hot rocks. It was our job to help him gather banana leaves and lug them back up the hill to the imu. Audrey brought out the food and placed it on the imu. Earl showed us how to cover it with banana leaves, then shovel dirt over it and sprinkle with water to create the steam that would cook our feast. (more…)