The REAL History of Thanksgiving
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.
Thanksgiving started back in the day of the Pilgrims...right?
In this talk, we'll cover the whole history of the most American holiday, from what really happened in Plymouth, to the rush of nostalgia that made Thanksgiving a national holiday in the 19th century.
We'll check out how immigrants and suburban housing developments further changed the holiday in the 20th century. And in every time period, we'll look at menus from Thanksgivings past, from the original food festival, to the multi-meat feasts before the Civil War, to the stories behind iconic dishes of the modern era. You'll find out why it can't be thanksgiving with a pumpkin AND a chicken pie, and which Thanksgiving side dish is the most recent addition to the holiday canon.