Thursday, March 7, 6:00 pm – Cooking in Captivity: How American Civilians Survived World War II in Japanese Prison Camps

While this free lecture at Boston University on Thursday, March 7, part of the Pepin Lecture Series in Gastronomy, is not strictly speaking a horticultural event, we thought our readers would find the topic interesting. Barbara Haber, author and food historian, has had a growing interest on the effects of war on the availability of food. Immediately after attacking Pearl Harbor, the Japanese invaded the Philippines and imprisoned thousands of American civilians who spent the war years deprived of food. Among them was Natalie Crouter, a remarkable Boston-bred woman who kept a diary that describes how food preoccupied every internee: They talked about it, dreamed about it, and used any available resource to cook ersatz dishes that would get them through WWII. Haber will share her research and insights about Crouter and other internees who spent the war years in prison camps. The lecture will take place in the Demonstration Room at 808 Commonwealth Avenue, and you may sign up on line at