Friday, January 23, 2009

Clara Cannucciari: 93 and cooking

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 11:30 AM

I'm a little late on this one. I found Clara on Just Me and since it's right down Fat City's aisle I couldn't pass on the 93-year-old's sage advice and Great Depression recipes.

Clara Cannucciari was a sprightly 91 years old when she started making videos with her great-grandson, Christopher Cannucciari, who posted them on YouTube. Each video follows the same format: Clara makes a depression-era dish like pasta and peas or egg-drop soup, and talks about what it was like living through the Great Depression.

"What are we going to eat tonight? Pasta with garlic. What are we going

to eat tonight? Pasta with peas. What are we gonna eat? Pasta with

beans. That's all we ate was pasta and a small vegetable," she says in

one video while expertly frying up a pan of onions.

Sometimes Clara

tears up. "You know I had to quit high school because I couldn't afford

socks." And she sometimes repeats herself but she obviously knows how

to cook and commands the camera in a way that reminds me a lot of Julia

Child.



As the current recession has deepened, Clara has become busier. Of her eight videos on YouTube, five were made in the last month. She's also expanded beyond YouTube. Yes, that's a screenshot from her Facebook page below.

As

for Clara's recipes, I haven't tried any of them and frankly, I hope

not to have to. Clara emphasizes that the dishes weren't created

because they were so good but because "they were very inexpensive." I do hope I'm just as humorous and as good of a cook when I'm 93.

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