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Hello and welcome! I'm Sarah Edens, food historian and ancestral nutrition researcher. 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. I research and write about the diets and lifestyles of pre-industrial societies, and how we can apply their wisdom to today's debilitating chronic health issues. I also explore the food and culture 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:


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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.  Household Remedies is for old-fashioned fun.


Up through World War II, most families in the US had a small backyard garden, or kitchen garden.  This section initially focused on our gardens in South Texas (USDA Zone 8b) but as of summer 2016, the military has moved my husband to the Virginia Tidewater, and we don't have a yard here, so we're experimenting with container gardening.


This section houses our farm tours (historic & modern, as well as noteworthy gardens), tours of farmers markets we've shopped at, and resources for learning more about food systems & policy.


Here you can find an explanation of what food history is, plus links to my recent food history/ancestral nutritional research projects under Research.  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.  Occasionally, I write about my  experiences with military life, which you can find under Notes From A Military Spouse.  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). Please email me if you'd like to use any of the photos on this site, rather than copying them for personal/educational use.  My address is: fourcatsinthekitchen [at] gmail [dot] com.  To read my Terms and Conditions, including guidelines for sharing my recipes elsewhere, click here.  

Again, welcome!  

Yours Truly,

Sarah Edens
Food Historian & Ancestral Nutrition Researcher

the four CATS in the kitchen

(click here to read some of their rescue stories!)