Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine by Sarah Lohman

Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine

This unique culinary history of America offers a fascinating look at our past and uses long-forgotten recipes to explain how eight flavors changed how we eat.The United States boasts a culturally and ethnically diverse population which makes for a continually changing culinary landscape. But a young historical gastronomist named Sarah Lohman discovered that American food i...

Title:Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages

Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine Reviews

  • Patty
    Jul 27, 2016
    A nonfiction book about the history of American cooking. Lohman organizes the book around eight popular flavors, arranged chronologically as to their appearance in mainstream American food: black pepper, vanilla, chili powder, curry powder, soy sauce, garlic, MSG, and sriracha. Each has a chapter de...
  • Navidad Thelamour
    Oct 04, 2016
    Sarah Lohman’s Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine offers an eclectic and thought-provoking survey into American culinary culture and palettes. She traces our culinary roots and, through professional and personal experience, as well as meticulous research, offers up the history ...
  • Whitney
    Jan 26, 2017
    I found the history of the foods mentioned in this book interesting, but what I loved was the cultural diversity throughout the book. That really is what makes America so great and has been in our DNA since the beginning. When it comes to food, that diversity has given us our own unique American cui...
  • Cari
    Mar 30, 2017
    Fun, quick read. If you are a foodie, you will enjoy this book. Interesting take on the origins of popular tastes in our American pantry. No spoilers, but to give you a "taste," early settlers used rose water instead of vanilla in baking. Why? Trade and availability. The French and one of our foundi...
  • Tony Wesley
    Mar 12, 2017
    Terrific!! A combination of research, anecdotes and recipes. She explores 8 flavors that she believes are essential to American cooking. For each flavor she gives you the science/horticulture behind it, the history of how it came to America and how it was introduced into the mainstream and current r...
  • Ariela
    Feb 12, 2017
    Enjoyed this unique take on history, food and the immigrant story. Not sure the author's thesis that these flavors were any more important than others really holds up, but the stories of each of the flavors were strong enough independently for me not to care that much. Also I rounded up this 3.5 sta...
  • Geoff
    Mar 15, 2017
    An eye opening look (we have Martha Washington's cookbook ! It has a recipe for pepper molasses cookies! Ketchup was a replacement for hard to get soy sauce!) at how different flavors have been incorporated into American cooking. Fun, but seemed short for covering food history, immigration, travelog...
  • Melyssa
    Apr 05, 2017
    Great idea, interesting topic, but mediocre execution. I wasn't a big fan of the author's writing style, the stories seemed at times disorganized or lacking in depth, and there was too much "i went here and ate this and saw this and it was so cool!" The immigrant stories are fascinating but they fel...

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