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The Founding Foodies: How Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin Revolutionized American Cuisine Paperback – November 1, 2010
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""A lively and erudite look into the culinary proclivities of the dudes on our money... The author's snappy recollections help foster the realization that food carried immense importance to the nation shapers, whether our forebears were simply sitting down to enjoy a meal or laying the groundwork for how we eat today." --Philadelphia City Paper" - Philadelphia City Paper
""Part cookbook, part formative examination, The Founding Foodies importantly shows the origins of the American food lover. Far from a contemporary creature, the foodie helped to make America: the products of his tastes, his wars, and his imports all appear in force in today's American diet. DeWitt delivers a book that teaches new foodies about their roots, and shows American history buffs a new portion of our nation's first hundreds of years." - ForeWord Reviews" - ForeWord
This book will be of interest to educators, culinary historians, American history enthusiasts, and foodies everywhere.
About the Author
Dave DeWitt is a leading food expert. He has authored several books and has appeared everywhere from the Today show to Mythbusters. He has also been featured in the New Yorker, the New York Times, USA Today, and approximately 200 newspapers across the country.
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The subtitle of the book, "How Washington, Jefferson and Franklin Revolutionized American Cuisine", pretty well summarizes what the book is about. The author focused much more on Washington and Jefferson than Franklin as they both were also experimental farmers whereas Franklin was not.
The book is filled with colonial recipes for all types of food and drink. DeWitt starts with the early English settlements and moves through Jefferson's lifespan. I found it interesting the role that pigs (hogs), cod, salt and pepper all played in the development of food in our country along with assisting a flourishing economy at that time.
The book is a quick read and interesting from a "foodie" point of view. I recommend it to anyone who has an interest in early american history and what types of food they ate and how it was prepared.
This book brings a fresh perspective and humanity to our perception of these national heroes.
The writing is excellent and the author clearly did a LOT of research, It's a great read.