Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

They Loved Reading about Food Diaries

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

They Loved Reading about Food Diaries

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I just read my Thursday Food and Flavor section [Jan. 22]. I saw your picture and then saw the name, Nancy Hanst. As soon as I saw it, I thought, "That is Marilyn McDevitt Rubin's friend." She wrote about her friends so often that she helped us readers feel like we knew them. So I was pleased to read your stories ["One memorable meal" and "Dear food diary"].

I am glad that the Post-Gazette featured your stories about your dinner with the Maestro and your collection of food journals. I thoroughly enjoyed them. Your friend, [the late] Marilyn, helped me learn that the "food" section of the paper was more than just a mix of recipes. It helped me to learn that food expanded friendships and broadened life experiences.


Mount Washington

One of the participants in my Luscious Legacy Project (http:// shared your article yesterday and I was moved to write you, Nancy. First, I love it that you have kept a foodie diary since 1962. I'm a list maker, too, and anything pertaining to food, for me, is worth writing down.

Most of my cooking was inspired by my grandmother: Italian, food lover, garden grower. My mother, on the other hand, fell prey to the convenience food of the '60s: Hamburger Helper, Shake 'N Bake, Rice- a-Roni ("the San Francisco treat"). Ugh - horrible stuff, all of it.

I'm also a big fan of Food52 and that's the first place I go when I'm trying to re-create one of my grandmother's dishes because someone is likely to have shared something like Nonna's Eggplant Parmesan and I can pretty much count on it being close to my own grandma's dish. Now if I could just find her recipe for salt cod. I remember sugar, onions, and vinegar but alas, there is no recipe to be found.

Thank you for inspiring me and the women in my program with your article and all those recipes. Yum! I would love to have a conversation with you some day.


Washington, D.C.

Loved the article! Our family has done something very similar. …

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