Well, happy National Blueberry Pie Day. That actually seems like a very wholesome, very American sort of holiday.
A few other very wholesome things happened today, as well, and some of them are even very American. First up, today in 1796, American Cookery, the first cookbook written by an American (Amelia Simmons) was published in Hartford. Wholesome! American! Historic!
Today also marks the anniversary of the death of Italian soprano Louisia Tetrazzini (1940). The passing of an opera singer isn’t food-related, but since mid-century classic Chicken Tetrazzini was named in this singer’s honor (by an American chef, no less), this is a food story. And while opera singers aren’t necessarily wholesome, and Tetrazzini was Italian, her namesake dish was both Wholesome! And American!
Finally, everyone in Berkeley should wish Alice Waters a very happy birthday today (1944). Forty years ago, when Waters opened her restaurant Chez Panisse, it was groundbreaking for its focus on local products and clean, fresh, American flavors. Today, those are the costs of entry in the restaurant business (and in Top Chef candidacy). So Wholesome! And so, so American!
So today, to celebrate, why not bake a pie filled with lovely, locally grown blueberries…with a little Italian opera on in the background, just for atmosphere.