Cara De Silva: Journalist and Historian of Food

From a New York Times obit by Clay Risen headlined “Cara De Silva, Food Historian Who Preserved Jewish Recipes, Dies at 83”:

Cara De Silva, a journalist and historian of food and culinary culture who in 1996 edited a groundbreaking collection of recipes amassed by prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp, which became a surprise hit, died in Manhattan.

A lifelong Manhattanite who made her name as a reporter for Newsday and later as a freelance writer for publications like The New York Times and the food, wine and travel magazine Saveur, Ms. De Silva was less interested in hot trends and buzzy restaurants than in the culinary byways and subcultures that undergirded a community, and in the way a place’s history could be understood through its food.