Firecakes and monkey bread

There is a communion of more than our bodies when bread is broken and wine drunk. And that is my answer, when people ask me: Why do you write about hunger, and not wars or love?"
M.F.K. Fisher in 'The Gastronomical Me'


I opened my first restaurant when I was eight in my parents kitchen. I served Fluffernutters and peanut butter sandwiches. No jelly. I didn't like jelly. No hot food, I wasn't allowed to use the stove. Although my only customers were my brother, sister and my cousins like most first time restaurant owners I was overwhelmed and it quickly folded.I was thirty-three before I opened my next one, unfortunately no Fluffernutters are on the menu. East-coasters know there is no substitute for true Fluff from Lynn, Massachusetts.

I just found this wonderful site Food Time Line. A great reference for writers, food writers and history buffs with interesting links about the history and introduction of foods into our world.

Today check out this site and then write about a new food discovery. Firecakes were Civil War food and monkey bread, a sometimes sweet layered yeast bread that pulled apart, became popular in the eighties. Now get back to work!

Lovingly,
The Writing Nag

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