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Fresh From the Past: Recipes and Revelations from Moll Flanders Kitchen Hardcover – October 8, 2004

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Travel is for me the best (and most pleasurable) way of understanding other food traditions. The recipes at the heart of this book are a guided form of time travel. The modern instructions that follow the wonderfully vivid original recipes translate them into language we can easily understand, and so, almost effortlessly, we are transported back in time three centuries and more. It's a very special form of travel. (Naomi Duguid, Author (with Jeffrey Alford) of Home Baking: The Artful Mix of Flour and Tradition Around the World, Hot Sour Salty Sweet: )

In her remarkable, witty, and intelligent book, Sandra Sherman appetizingly shows how British cuisine from the time of Moll Flanders formed the roots of modern American cookery. By relating vividly how certain foods came into prominence during Britain's powerful presence in the world of the eighteenth century, she tells a riveting story that is a fascinating page-turner. We learn not only how recipes were made in kitchens more than 200 years ago, but also how to create them successfully in our own twenty-first century homes. This is a wonderful book that is sure to stimulate lively discussion and delicious cooking. (Greg Patent, Author of Baking in America, winner of the 2003 James Beard Award )

If you read cookbooks like novels, you're going to love this book. Sandy Sherman brilliantly combines an entertaining tale of our culinary origins with all the detailed recipes that any cook could wish for. A must-have. (Rachel Laudan, Author of The Food of Paradise: Exploring Hawaii's Culinary Heritage )

Fresh from the Past is an exuberant and erudite account of British cuisine with practical instructions for creating wonderful 18th century dishes. The result of a happy collaboration between literary historian Sharon Sherman and expert cooks Henry and Karen Chotkowski, Fresh from the Past will bring many hours of pleasure to practical and armchair cooks alike. The historical recipes read like little prose poems, while the historical account of the care and feeding of the British during a high point in the history of their cuisine sparkles with wit and piquant detail. Carefully tested modern versions of the historical recipes will let the reader deliver 120 glorious dishes from the page to the table. Bring on the orange butter and pickled lemons, the buttered muskmelons and pear ice, the ragout of crayfish and the mushroom ketchup! (Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, University Professor and Professor of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and the Author o )

Fresh from the Past is an authentic rendition of the culinary culture of 18th century Britain as well as a faithful interpretation of the wide variety of foods and tastes that developed during the period. Also a superb testimonial to the history of American food, its preparation, and its tastes, Fresh from the Past illustrates that much of the cooking in America today can be traced back to the dishes and recipes presented here. Many of the recipes are crosscultural, reflecting the fact that even then the cooking in England (and America) was influenced by many cuisines. They are also modern, illustrating that although today's chefs and home cooks might think of things such as herbed ice creams as "trendy," they can be found in many 18th century records. Sherman provides both original and modern versions of the recipes, so that all the dishes can be prepared with as much or as little effort and authenticity as one may choose. (Angela Mulloy, Author of Plantation Feasts and Festivities: A Celebration of the Grandes Dames of Virginia Food & Hospitality )

The book features magnificent food from the period. (Heidi Stambuck, The, Springfield Morning News )

Serves up tastes from the past. (Farm and Dairy )

Readers can learn about the orgins of American cooking. (Fayetteville Morning News )

The breadth of Sherman's research is impressive. (Library Journal )

Handsomely illustrated and written with a keen and often impish wit,Fresh from the Past can be enjoyed as a kind of alimentary voyeurism. (Isthmus )

A cultural history of 18th century food. (UA News Service Northwest Arkansas Times )

a prize (Eve Zibart Bookpage )

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Fresh from the Past:Recipes and Revelations from Moll Flanders' Kitchen is a gateway to the culinary culture of eighteenth-century Britain and early America, with a full host of recipes and fascinating details about domestic life in the 1700's. Sandra Sherman gives readers a thoroughly modern look at the trends of Moll Flanders' day and describes how historic families learned to cook with the seasons. Cooks experimented with new imports such as peppers, pineapples, and pistachio nuts, combining flavors and textures in creative ways to produce delicious, sophisticated dishes. Hundreds of cookbooks appeared to bring these recipes to the average home cook and in Fresh from the Past, Sandra, Henry, and Karen bring them to today's kitchens.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (October 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158979088X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589790889
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,366,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frankly, I found this to be a fun romp through history. The recipes have been accurately converted to today's cooking standards. It also provides the original recipes from years ago. It was fun reading about the origins of the dishes and the reasons they were created. I would recommend this book as a fun kitchen exercise.
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this book functions well as a regular cookbook, its nothing special really, but what makes it really shine are the pictures, namely the one on the front cover but also with the others spread through the book, it is just amazing, this photographer must have real talent!
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