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Mark Kurlansky presenting “The Core of an Onion: Peeling the Rarest Common Food—Featuring More Than 100 Historical Recipes” In conversation with SHERYL JULIAN

November 28, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

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November 28, 2023
7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States


Harvard Book Store
(617) 661-1515

The Core of an Onion: Peeling the Rarest Common Food—Featuring More Than 100 Historical Recipes


Harvard Book Store welcomes MARK KURLANSKY—New York Times bestselling author of Milk!, Havana, and Paper, among other titles—for a discussion of his new book The Core of an Onion: Peeling the Rarest Common Food—Featuring More Than 100 Historical Recipes. He will be joined in conversation by SHERYL JULIAN—editor of The New Boston Globe Cookbook. 

About The Core of an Onion

As Julia Child once said, “It is hard to imagine a civilization without onions.”

Historically, she’s been right—and not just in the kitchen. Flourishing in just about every climate and culture around the world, onions have provided the essential basis not only for sautés, stews, and sauces, but for medicines, metaphors, and folklore. Now they’re Kurlansky’s most flavorful infatuation yet as he sets out to explore how and why the crop reigns from Italy to India and everywhere in between.

Featuring historical images and his own pen-and-ink drawings, Kurlansky begins with the science and history of the only sulfuric acid–spewing plant, then digs through its twenty varieties and the cultures built around them. Entering the kitchen, Kurlansky celebrates the raw, roasted, creamed, marinated, and pickled. Including a recipe section featuring more than one hundred dishes from around the world, The Core of an Onion shares the secrets to celebrated Parisian chef Alain Senderens’s onion soup eaten to cure late-night drunkenness; Hemingway’s raw onion and peanut butter sandwich; and the Gibson, a debonair gin martini garnished with a pickled onion.

Just as the scent of sautéed onions will lure anyone to the kitchen, The Core of an Onion is sure to draw readers into their savory stories at first taste.

Praise for The Core of an Onion

“To love onions is to love the world as it is. If you’ve forgotten this grounding bit of kitchen wisdom, The Core of an Onion is the perfect cure. With his usual wit and insight, Mark Kurlansky finds the extraordinary in the ordinary. Your daily enrichment, not to mention your meals, will be forever enriched.” —Rowan Jacobsen, author of Truffle Hound