2014 Recipes With a Past and the Art of Being Human

Recipes 2104 Ebook FINALAntiquityNOW is pleased to announce the launch of the 2014 Recipes With a Past, a compendium of dishes derived from our weekly Bon Appetit Wednesday! blog posts.  Embracing more than 25 countries and cuisines, this e-book has two new designations for this year’s menus:  gluten-free and vegan. Meals in Recipes With a Past are taken from historical recipes or are modern repasts that include ingredients with roots in antiquity.

“AntiquityNOW seeks to show how our common origins in the ancient past unite us as a people,” said Shirley K. Gazsi, president. “Despite geopolitics and divisive social and cultural issues, the fact is that we all share a common heritage on this earth. Recipes With a Past is one way—delectably inspiring, we hope—of reflecting that reality.”

Food has been central to human existence. To quote from the introduction of 2014 Recipes With a Past:

Food nourishes and heals.  Food symbolizes social being and belonging.  Food tethers us to family and culture.  And food can be evocative, conjuring up memories and pulling at heartstrings.  Food infuses us with a life force and seduces us with its power—and ignites the imagination to continually explore new horizons of culinary mastery.


Russian Blini

Indeed, according to enlightened minds throughout history, food’s importance lies in the very dimensions of our human experience:

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” -James Beard [1]

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” -J.R.R.Tolkien, The Hobbit [2]

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates [3]

Grilled Butter Miso Corn

Grilled Butter Miso Corn

“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” -Mahatma Gandhi [4]

“A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.” -Aesop [5]

“The preparation of good food is merely another expression of art, one of the joys of civilized living…” -Dione Lucas [6] (first female graduate of Le Cordon Bleu)

“Food is a gift and should be treated reverentially–romanced and ritualized and seasoned with memory.” -Chris Bohjalian, Secrets of Eden [7]

Chicken Curry in a Hurry. Image credit: John Kernick. realsimple.com

Chicken Curry in a Hurry. Image credit: John Kernick. realsimple.com

Food as metaphor, food as sustenance, food as symbol, food as inspiration. When we read through Recipes With a Past, we can just picture the scenes at family tables and celebratory gatherings. We can vicariously share the solitary pleasures of a favorite food. As we indulge in Chicken Curry in a Hurry, Salmon Kilawin or even Pre-Colombian Tamales With Black Beans, as we think about the glorious joys of Chocolate and Wattleseed Self-Saucing Pudding or S’more Pie, we are engaging in meals that are more than just the chemical sums of their ingredients. We are experiencing in mind and body and palate what it means to be so very human.

Click here for our 2013 Recipes With a Past.

[1] James Beard’s Quotes on Food and Life. (n.d.). Retrieved December 18, 2014, from https://www.finedininglovers.com/blog/points-of-view/james-beard-quotes/

[2] Gale, S. (1996). Encyclopedia of British humorists: Geoffrey Chaucer to John Cleese. New York: Garland.

[3] Asiado, T. (n.d.). Edible Wild Food. Retrieved December 18, 2014, from http://www.ediblewildfood.com/bios/hippocrates.aspx

[4] Mahatma Gandhi at Lifehack Quotes. (n.d.). Retrieved December 18, 2014.

[5] Aesop quote. (n.d.). Retrieved December 18, 2014, from http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/a/aesop163411.html

[6] A quote by Dione Lucas. (n.d.). Retrieved December 18, 2014, from https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/8445-the-preparation-of-good-food-is-merely-another-expression-of

[7] Bohjalian, C. (2010). Secrets of Eden: A novel. New York: Shaye Areheart Books.

Bon Appetit Wednesday! Celebrating a Sephardic Hanukkah with Sfenj

sfenjIn our Bon Appetit Wednesday! post for Rosh Hashanah this year we told you about the ways in which recipes and traditions for the Jewish New Year have been influenced heavily by the cultures in which they are celebrated. A Jewish family celebrating in France may eat an entirely different meal than those celebrating in India. One of the influences we discussed comes from the Sephardic foods enjoyed by Jews residing in North Africa. Today, there are Jews all over the world whose religious feasts, including those at Hanukkah feature the flavors of places like Morocco rather than more typical dishes such as latkes. Many of these families identify with both Sephardic (Spanish and North African Jews) and Ashkenazic (primarily Eastern European Jews) Jewish traditions. Their foods and traditions are a beautiful mix of cultures. Click here to read more about Jewish ethnic diversity. Continue reading

Buildings of the Future With Foundations in the Ancient Past

canstockphoto13190712The winter solstice was on Sunday and even though it was the first day of winter, much of the United States has been enjoying some of the warmest temperatures on record (click here to read more about the ancient history of the winter solstice). Meanwhile, the West Coast was just pummeled with a massive storm and November was unusually snowy in many parts. Earth is constantly evolving with its changing temperatures, shifting plates and rising sea levels. In the 21st century, our planet is on a roller coaster ride of unpredictable events. As a result, we are now questioning how to best exist on this tempestuous sphere. And sometimes, we’re even looking for alternatives. Continue reading

The Middle East Outreach Council Announces 2014 Middle East Book Awards

meocBelow find a press release from the Middle East Outreach Council announcing the Middle East Book Awards. Our president, Shirley Gazsi, had the honor of serving on the judging committee. These creative, moving, educational books can be found on our Reading List page where you can also find the 2013 MEOC award selections. Continue reading

Looking Back on the Winners of LegacyQuest 2014 and Looking Forward to LegacyQuest 2015

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Letter of Intent Deadline- December 12, 2014

(Please contact us at info@antiquitynow.org if you need an extension)

Final Entry Submission Deadline- February 27, 2015

There’s still plenty of time before final video submissions on February 27. Contact us at info@antiquitynow.org if you need an extension on the Letter of Intent that provides a brief description of your project. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a part of this exciting and enriching experience.

In honor of the upcoming 2015 festival, we’re taking a look back at the winners of the 2014 festival. Click here to view all of the 2014 films and visit our LegacyQuest page for details on how to get involved. Scroll down to enjoy the inspired work of last year’s winners and see antiquity in a whole new light! Continue reading

Bon Appetit Wednesday! Hot Spiced Apple Cider

Big_red_appleThis time of year there’s nothing better than cozying up in front of the fireplace and enjoying a comforting mug of hot mulled apple cider. You can feel the warmth and cheer spread through your bones as the spices mix to make the perfect holiday drink. Continue reading

Maps, Part 3: Defining and Explaining our Past, Present and Future

"Gaia spacecraft" by ESA–D. Ducros, 2013

“Gaia spacecraft” by ESA–D. Ducros, 2013

In Parts 1 and 2 of Maps: Defining and Explaining our Past, Present and Future, we explored how the ancients mapped the heavens and how modern space programs capture data today. Amazingly adept we humans have been at duality, both mythologizing and demystifying the worlds around us through time. As we calculate and calibrate and chronicle, we push the boundaries of our known existences and challenge ourselves to see where the impossible can become the possible. Take a look at the Gaia Probe that will map out the Milky Way using a billion pixel camera and two telescopes. The Milky Way was the stuff of dreams for millennia. Now the Milky Way will be rendered with a precision that boggles the mind and unlocks the mysteries that have intrigued the human imagination for centuries. Continue reading

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The Bazaar Shop at copyThe Holidays are upon us and so is searching for those gifts for the special people in your life. Visit The Bazaar for unique treasures capturing our ancient world legacy. Along with our AntiquityNOW merchandise we are featuring original designs by Artist-in-Residence Dan Fenelon. In his designs you’ll find tribal and primitive imagery striking a contrapuntal note to modern interpretations. Whether you’re an aficionado of ancient designs or a confirmed modernist, Fenelon’s perspective has a beguiling appeal.  Happy Holidays!

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Don’t Miss Out! Call for Entries for 2015 LegacyQuest International Film and Video Festival for Tweens

Letter of Intent Deadline- December 12, 2014

(Please contact us at info@antiquitynow.org if you need an extension)

Final Entry Submission Deadline- February 27, 2015

View our invitational video below and scroll down for details about the festival and how your students can get involved!

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AntiquityNOW (AN) and Archaeological Legacy Institute (ALI) announce a call for entries for the 2015 LegacyQuest International Children’s Film and Video Festival. Held in conjunction with The Archaeology Channel’s (TAC) International Film and Video Festival, May 15-19, 2015 in Eugene, Oregon, the LegacyQuest festival invites young learners to explore how the ancient past influences their lives today through visual storytelling. The competition is open to students between the ages of 12 and 15 (6th – 8th grades) in the United States and abroad. To be eligible for consideration, films must be five minutes in length, produced in 2014 or 2015 and focus on subject matter related to antiquity’s legacy. Continue reading

Bon Appetit Wednesday! Asparagus with Curry Butter: The Ancient History of Golden, Buttery Deliciousness

Butter_with_a_butter_knifeIn the movie Julie & Julia, Paul Child says to his wife, the soon-to-be world-acclaimed chef Julia Child, “You are the butter to my bread, and the breath to my life.”  What more apt way to express the depth of a love than comparing it to the sustenance of life? Continue reading