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.