FROM Judith Flanders
The Making of Home The holiday season brings to mind images of home -- and gathering with friends and family around the dinner table, or the fire in low-lit living rooms. But what does home really mean? And when is a house not a home? Extended families used to do everything together under one roof; curtains offended Lutherans, and window panes were packed up for the holidays. These are just some of the revelations in Judith Flanders’ new book, The Making of Home . She talks about how the 500 year quest for more privacy and more creature comforts has changed the way we live.
'A Square Meal,' a kosher slaughter and Ukrainian Easter eggs Historian Andrew Coe explains how the Great Depression altered the 1930s’ food landscape, and contributor Sam Brasch witnesses a kosher slaughter. Artist Sofika Zielyk shows us how to decorate Ukrainian Easter eggs, Sandor Katz discusses his latest fermentation projects, and Dana Cree introduces her new book, “Hello, My Name is Ice Cream.” Plus: Laura Avery finds Swiss chard at the market, and Jonathan Gold dines at Kismet.
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.
States allowed to strip federal funds from abortion clinics President Trump signed the law allowing states to block federal funding to family planning clinics that offer abortions. Critics say this could potentially devastate the health care network that low-income women rely on for birth control and other reproductive care.