Edible Berkshires


Today’s farmers markets recall 1940s grocery stroll

I am a home cook from a food-obsessed family. And I mean food-obsessed. Everything that happened in my childhood home centered around food. After all, I grew up in a three-generation household with my Italian-American grandparents and my parents, of course. I like to imagine that I grew up in a unique household. Specifically, yes, but food culturally, no and yes. And what I mean by that is that while many of the foods and recipes are similar, the stories are what bring the food to life. The best way to delve into Italian-American cuisine and stories is through a typical family meal.

And that, of course, starts with shopping for the ingredients. Let’s go back to my mom, Josephine Lanzetta Murko—here’s how it all started for her as a little girl in the 1940s. Mom was born on an apple farm in … Read the rest