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Barbara Haber is a food historian and the former curator of books at Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library at Harvard University where she built a major collection of cookbooks and other books related to food, and influenced the recognition of food history as a viable field of academic and professional study. She founded the Radcliffe Culinary Friends, which supported the library's culinary collection and provided a forum for food writers from across the country to present their work to an appreciative audience. She also held monthly gatherings, called "First Monday," where local chefs and writers came together to hear talks on timely food-related topics.

Barbara's books include "From Hardtack to Home Fries: An Uncommon History of American Cooks and Meals" and "From Betty Crocker to Feminist Food Studies: Critical Perspectives on Women and Food," which she co-edited. She has written numerous articles and reviews including "Home Cooking in the White House" published in "White House History." She is currently working on a book about food and World War II in the Pacific tentatively called "Cooking in Captivity."

She is a former director of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and currently serves on the awards committee and chairs the Who's Who Committee of the James Beard Foundation. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to the history of food as well as popular food topics, and has appeared on television's "The Today Show," "Martha Stewart Living" and The Cooking Channel. Barbara was elected to the James Beard Foundation's "Who's Who in Food and Beverages" and received the M.F.K. Fisher Award from Les Dames d'Escofier.

Now that Boston's 4-foot snow banks are vanishing and songbirds are showing up at the backyard feeder, I cannot help but think about a

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A recent trip to my home state of Wisconsin held a touch of sadness as well as the usual pleasure I feel when seeing

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A recent daylong blizzard hit parts of Massachusetts with 2 feet of snow, leaving me with a couple of choices: bundle up and shovel

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Any survey of great American food writers must include the work of Laurie Colwin, an astute observer of human behavior who is often compared

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Julia Child certainly needs no introduction or any prompting about her place in the annals of food history, especially since Meryl Streep's performance in

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I've been watching a PBS series on Michael Feinstein, a great interpreter of music from "The Great American Songbook," popular music that includes tunes

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I happen to be a cilantro hater and was delighted to discover that Julia Child shared my aversion and told an interviewer that whenever

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I was recently watching a couple of talented male stars on the Food Network teach home cooking and was engaged by their amusing and

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