Food for Thought
What’s for dinner? Lobster Thermidor, organic vegetables, plantains, catfish, a slice of buttermilk cake, vegan brownies, a glass of wine: every menu choice tells a story. Food is love, for some. It can evoke memory, hide pain, provide a way of life or just a living. It is elegance, simplicity, understanding, mystery, joy, sadness, comfort, frustration and temptation—both the staff of life and the fast track to an early demise. In these pages, members of the Sarah Lawrence community (just some of the many who’ve made food their livelihood) present you with dinner, SLC style. It’s food for thought—and for fun.
“Maybe the solution is to eat vegetarians. After all, they are pure-grain and vegetable-fed, just like prime meat, and by their own account not superior to sheep, morally or intellectually…” | full story
Plates of perfectly fried catfish, buttery macaroni and cheese, and savory collard greens: Southerners dining at a restaurant owned by Norma Jean Darden ’61 might easily find themselves homesick. The offerings at Darden’s two Spoonbread eateries are the sort of serious soul food usually found below the Mason-Dixon—no small feat in a landscape littered with pretenders... | full story
Plantains Never Die
The alluring aroma of Yoruba dodo — fried plantains—announcing she is home. Burning sun, overburdened mango trees, fragrances suffuse the air. On hearing the sweet dodo smell, we dash through the open door. We greet her, toss our school bags aside, and sit ready to compete.... | full story
From the President's Kitchen
Does being Sarah Lawrence’s president require you to be a good cook? Perhaps not, but here we present three examples of their culinary expertise. Add a salad and you can plan your own presidential meal... | full story