Mountains. I was dropped off in a Roma village with this family, the first family we came to in the village. I wanted to collect mushrooms, and this village had a mushroom collecting connection. I entered the Roma community with Bulgarian friends and the mushroom book by my friend, David Arora, All the Rain Promises … Continue reading Bulgaria. 2004.
Babu, whose given name is Donald Zakao, is a storyteller living in Wamba, Kenya. Babu means “grandfather.” Donald has been called “Babu” since he was four years old. A gifted story teller, “The Thief’s Hand,” is a good example of his craft. You will find several other of his stories at my YouTube channel. These … Continue reading Babu Stories: The Thief’s Hand
The ruins of a collective farm. Near Labanoras.
Winter. This lovely woman you see here is showing me how she makes bread in her backyard oven. A friend is pointing to the aluminum pots baking in the embers underneath the oven floor. This type of bread oven is fired from below. There is a large hole in the floor through which flames rise … Continue reading Luxor. 2019.
Shtetl house. Oh! How my heart aches!
These recipes were first published for people attending my Thursday Bread History Seminar on prison and slave breads on February 4, 2020. There is no cookbook where you can look up how to make breads for prisoners, or for the enslaved. Prison and slave breads are really and truly written in the hearts of jailers … Continue reading Recipes: Prison and Slave Breads for William Rubel Thursday Bread History Seminar #19.
For my friends, Marco and Sandra Floriani, Sardinia is like a continent. They live in the foothills of the Alps, near Trento. This was many years ago. I joined them on a ferry from the Italian mainland to Sardinia. What can I say, it is like a continent! We drove the car off the ferry … Continue reading Pecorino
The other day, using Upwork.com, I hired a man in Pakistan to convert my .fpx picture files to .jpg. FPX was the Kodak standard when they — yes, it is true — were digital photography leaders. I didn’t convert my photos when it was easy to do. Now, with a Mac, converting 1,200 FPX files … Continue reading A shrine in Bangkok
Another image from the Potager du Roi, located just outside the gates of the Palace of Versailles. It is a separate admission. If you don’t know about this garden, look it up. There is lots online, and be sure to visit the next time you are in Paris. Winter, of course, is the least interesting … Continue reading Pears at the Potager du Roi!