Candy: From Early History to Halloween
Taught by Sarah Lohman
Dubbed a “historic gastronomist,” Sarah Lohman recreates historic recipes as a way to make a personal connection with the past. She chronicles her explorations in culinary history on her blog, Four Pounds Flour, and her work has been featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She appears on the Cooking Channel's Food: Fact or Fiction? and is 1/2 of the Masters of Social Gastronomy with co-founder Jonathan Soma.
Currently, she works with museums and galleries around the city to create public programs focused on food, including institutions such as The American Museum of Natural History, The Museum of Science, Boston, and The Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Her first book, Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine, was published with Simon & Schuster in 2016.
Isn't it weird that one day a year it's appropriate to threaten people into giving you candy? Where did the Halloween tradition come from? And actually, how did we come up with candy in the first place?
In this class, we'll cover a brief world history of candy, from the botanic roots of sugar cane, to the first processed confections from the Middle East, to the magical candy medicines of medieval Europe. Then, we'll sort out the origins of Halloween, along with modern myths like the "razor blade in the apple."
And, what would a talk on candy be without lots and lots of CANDY: historic candy samples will abound to help you learn.
(class size: 30, lecture, discussion, and samples)