A Brief History of Irish Food

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Taught by Sarah Lohman

Sarah Lohman is a culinary historian and the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed book Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine. She focuses on the history of American food as a way to access stories of women, immigrants, and people of color, and to address issues of racism, sexism, and xenophobia. Her work has been featured inTheWall Street Journal andThe New York Times, as well as onAll Things Considered; and she has presented across the country, from the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC to The Culinary Historians of Southern California. She is also 1/2 of the Masters of Social Gastronomy, a monthly food science and history talk at Caveat NYC, with Brainery co-founder Jonathan Soma. 

 

 

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Sarah Lohman ate like a tenement dweller for a week in 2009 by following an 1877 pamphlet titled “Fifteen Cent Dinners.” She also lived as a 19th century Irish maid for a day. From her experiences and research, she'll unveil a surprisingly complicated--and heartbreaking--back story of Irish food, from dinner in the homeland, to the diets of Irish-American Immigrants.

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