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.
In this course, we will explore the day-to-day cooking of the past 200 years: tasting; talking; and extracting inspiration from the past to inspire contemporary cooking. In this three-part course, you'll become familiar with the popular flavors and recipes of different eras, then learn how to interpret historic and vintage recipes for a modern day kitchen.
Part 1: A Timeline of Taste
A Timeline of Taste will explore the history of American food through flavor: we'll travel from 1796-1950, making a pit stop every 50 years to explore the tastes of a particular time. You'll be allowed to smell and sample the spices, fruits, extracts, and other ingredients that defined the flavors of different time periods. From rosewater to vanilla; nutmeg to cinnamon; citron to reddi-whip, we'll discuss why each of these flavors were popular and how they were used in day to day cooking.
Part 2: Iconic Dishes
What was being cooked in the kitchens of American can reflect the politics and popular culture of an era. Looking at the past 200 years, we'll explore iconic recipes from each time and discuss why each was popular: including the legends behind them and the technology that made them possible. We'll taste each of these recipes and talk about what they represented to families, communities and culture.
Part 3: Re-writing Recipes
In our final session, participants are invited to bring in their own vintage cookbooks and handwritten recipe cards from the past as we learn how to interpret historic recipes. We'll unveil tricks to modernize these recipes for today's kitchen: how to interpret amounts, flesh out directions, find comparable ingredients and most importantly, learn how to pull inspiration from these recipes to create unique contemporary dishes.