The Founding Foodies: How Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin Revolutionized American Cuisine

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Sourcebooks, Inc., Nov 1, 2010 - Cooking - 336 pages
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Who Were the Original Foodies?

Beyond their legacy as revolutionaries and politicians, the Founding Fathers of America were first and foremost a group of farmers. Passionate about the land and the bounty it produced, their love of food and the art of eating created what would ultimately become America's diverse food culture.

Like many of today's foodies, the Founding Fathers were ardent supporters of sustainable farming and ranching, exotic imported foods, brewing, distilling, and wine appreciation. Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin penned original recipes, encouraged local production of beer and wine, and shared their delight in food with friends and fellow politicians.

In The Founding Foodies, food writer Dave DeWitt entertainingly describes how some of America's most famous colonial leaders not only established America's political destiny, but also revolutionized the very foods we eat.

Features over thirty authentic colonial recipes, including:

  • Thomas Jefferson's ice cream
  • A recipe for beer by George Washington
  • Martha Washington's fruitcake
  • Medford rum punch
  • Terrapin soup
 

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This incredibly interesting and fun book combines three of my favorite subjects: American History, food, and trivia. The author tells the story of how Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Benjamin ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
41
Chapter Three
71
Chapter Four
101
Chapter Five
127
Chapter Six
163
Chapter Seven
191
Appendix
237
Image Credits
247
Bibliography
249
Endnotes
277
Index
299
About Dave DeWitt
318
Back Cover
319
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About the author (2010)

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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