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Hello and welcome! I'm Sarah Edens, food historian, folklorist, and blogger. I graduated with a degree in history from a Southern university; in 2014 I paired that training with my lifelong love of cooking to found my blog, Four Cats In The Kitchen (you can click here to read about our four cats, who provided inspiration for the name of my blog).  I research and write about the diets of pre-industrial societies; I also study how their cultural practices, spiritual beliefs, and lifestyles contributed to their health. I have a special interest in the food and folklore of my distant Cherokee ancestors (I'm 6th generation Cherokee). 

For my new readers, here's a quick overview of Four Cats In The Kitchen:


Here's where I post articles and provide links to topics I'm studying in the areas of nutrition, food history, and folklore.  


This is a drop-down menu of recipes old & new that I like to make, many of which are inspired by my family's cultural traditions, as well as by out-of-print cookbooks. I try to keep these recipes simple, and they are geared towards the beginning cook. The Basics tab is a little collection of how-to's to help you with essential kitchen tasks. Epic Kitchen Fails is where I discuss things gone very, very wrong in the kitchen. 


Up through World War II, most families in the US had a small backyard garden, or kitchen garden.  This section shows photos and how-to about our gardens while we were living in South Texas (USDA Zone 8b).


This section houses our farm tours (historic & modern, as well as noteworthy gardens), and tours of farmers markets we've shopped at.


Here you can find an explanation of what food history is, plus links to my recent food history research projects under Food History Research.  Folklore is where I stash funny family legends.  I'm collecting resources I find on the preservation of Cherokee food and culture under the tab The Cherokee (in our language, the tribe is called Tsalagi, or in the unique Cherokee syllabary, ᏣᎳᎩ).  For a list of cookbooks, food writers, and more that I've found inspirational, please check out From My Library.  Finally, you can find answers to FAQs.  


I am not a healthcare professional; all the nutrition information and recipes on this site are intended for educational and informational purposes only, and are not meant to be used as a health care regimen or treatment for any illness or chronic condition.  Please consult a trustworthy, board-certified physician before beginning any new diet or attempting to treat any illness or chronic health condition.  

Four Cats In The Kitchen is my personal, not-for-profit site.  I am not a representative of any brand or product line, so anything I recommend on this site is here because I enjoy using it. I often include product links to items on Amazon.com, but I am never reimbursed for these.  I am not affiliated with Amazon.com, or with any other company, brand, product, or individual.

All the photography on this website is mine (unless otherwise noted).  To read my Terms and Conditions, including guidelines for sharing my recipes elsewhere, click here.  If you're a reader and would like to get in touch, please email me at fourcatsinthekitchen [at] gmail [dot] com.  To businesses, please note: I do not accept or respond to requests for advertising on this site, which will remain ad-free and affiliate-free.  Thank you in advance for your courtesy.

Again, welcome!  

Yours Truly,

Sarah Edens
Food Historian, Folklorist & Blogger