Move over, Martha

91-year-old Clara Cannucciari offers cooking lessons from the Great Depression -- and great bootlegging stories!

Published April 15, 2009 1:33PM (EDT)

Acolytes of Martha Stewart may have noticed that, in these tough times, her "good things" have begun to swing away from the fussy (heirloom fennel) toward the frugal (save heirloom fennel fronds for stock. Or warmth). But now there's another homemaker on the scene who need un-gild no lilies: Clara Cannucciari, 91, host of "Great Depression Cooking with Clara." In each episode, Clara prepares thrifty meals -- peas, potatoes, pasta! -- that we all lived on in grad school her mother made during the Great Depression, peppering each recipe with Grapes-of-Wrath-ful anecdotes. Dig this one, about bootleggers renting neighbors' garages to make artisanal whisky.

Via BoingBoing.

By Lynn Harris

Award-winning journalist Lynn Harris is author of the comic novel "Death by Chick Lit" and co-creator of She also writes for the New York Times, Glamour, and many others.

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