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Karen Loft Hess (November 11, 1918 -- May 15, 2007) was an American culinary historian. Her 1977 book The Taste of America co-authored with her late husband, John L. Hess, established them as anti-establishment members of the culinary world.
In 1985, Hess became one of the founding members of The Culinary Historians of New York, an association of food professionals, historians, and others interested in studying and writing on the history of food. On October 19, 2004, The Culinary Historians of New York presented her with their first annual Amelia Award, an award which recognizes excellence in culinary history.In 2006, she was listed in the eighth annual Saveur 100, from Saveur Magazine, in an article by Shane Mitchell entitled "The Grandest Dame of American Culinary History". Mitchell says that although Hess came from Nebraska, her "soul must be Southern." Hess's The Carolina Rice Kitchen is the story of how rice from Africa became a South Carolina Low Country staple, as well as how the African cooks shaped Southern cooking.
I gave this book to my friend for her birthday and she loves it so much that we are getting a few couples together to celebrate Washington's birthday on Saturday and each couple... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kindle Reader
I purchased this book more for the historical information about the recipes etc and to see how different food was made in colonial days.It is very interesting.Published 8 months ago by P. K. Terrell
This was purchased as a gift and was very well received. I found it very interesting myself. Would recommend it to anyone who likes history.Published 16 months ago by Jack Byrd
It gave me a whole nother look at some of our ancestors. Cooking used to be an all day job.Published 18 months ago by Brenda Franklin