Facts from My Fiction: Earthquake Stew

As this week is the 27th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, it seemed only fitting to write about the 1906 earthquake that devastated so much of San Francisco.

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In In The Eye of The Storm, Claire and her family are living in San Francisco when the earthquake occurs.  Claire, her daughter Veronique, and their neighbor go to the Presidio of San Francisco, where they live in an earthquake cottage until they can safely return to their Cow Hollow home.

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In one scene, they are helping serve so-called “earthquake stew” to some of their fellow refugees.  This was an actual dish, primarily made from vegetables, that the refugees made in large pots to share.    I’ve had the dish, and it’s not bad.  It’s among the recipes found in The Refugee’s Cookbook, which you can see in its entirety here.


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