Eight Flavors

Eight Flavors

The Untold Story of American Cuisine

Book - 2016
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This unique culinary history of America offers a fascinating look at our past and uses long-forgotten recipes to explain how eight flavors changed how we eat. Eight Flavors introduces the explorers, merchants, botanists, farmers, writers, and chefs whose choices came to define the American palate. Lohman takes you on a journey through the past to tell us something about our present, and our future. We meet John Crowninshield a New England merchant who traveled to Sumatra in the 1790s in search of black pepper. And Edmond Albius, a twelve-year-old slave who lived on an island off the coast of Madagascar, who discovered the technique still used to pollinate vanilla orchids today. Weaving together original research, historical recipes, gorgeous illustrations and Lohman's own adventures both in the kitchen and in the field, Eight Flavors is a delicious treat--ready to be devoured,"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016
Edition: First Simon and Schuster edition
ISBN: 9781476753959
Branch Call Number: 641.5973 L832E 2016
Characteristics: xviii, 280 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: 8 flavors


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Jan 25, 2017

This was a delightful read. Combining history, cooking, travel and just enough science to give it some authority. Who knew many of these spices had been in the US for so long? She includes recipes from the 18th-21st centuries. Eight flavors would make a great book club book.

BostonPL_LauraB Jan 20, 2017

This is a short, quick read on a very interesting topic. Loved learning about the history of American cuisine and how these eight flavors made it to US soil and into our everyday cooking. Sarah Lohman's job sounds like the best thing ever and if I lived in New York, I would totally try and be friends with her. Considering how many times she was like "I invited my friends over for a dinner party where I made...." or how she did an entire Colonial-era food themed dinner - so cool! I also learned that there is a Brooklyn Museum of Food and Drink, which you KNOW I will be checking out on my next trip to NYC :)


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