American Taste: Black Pepper

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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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American Taste is a series of eight classes deconstructing the most popular flavors of American food. In this class, we'll tackle black pepper. 

We'll look at the history of this spice, and discover how it went from being as precious as gold to the ubiquitous plastic shaker on a diner table. 

Then, we'll track its production, from life on a vine in Sumatra to tri-color pepper in the spice aisle of Whole Foods.

And lastly, we'll taste five varieties of pepper from different regions, discuss pepper recipes past and present, and analyze the flavor qualities of America's favorite savory spice. 

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