A Culinary/Historical Blast for the Fourth

The Fourth of July–many of us are celebrating our nation’s independence with fireworks and cookouts today.  And, the the Founding Fathers would probably approve of both! A new arrival to the shelves of HCLS, The Founding Foodies: How Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin Revolutionized American Cuisine by Dave DeWitt, gives a delightful peek at how some of the colonial leaders helped revolutionize the foods we eat as well our country. Though you won’t find recipes for hot dogs or burgers, you will find a fascinating discussion of several early American movers and shakers and their affinity for food, riveting accounts of how certain moments in history shaped our culinary culture, and even some detailed descriptions of parties and meals, as well as personal recipes, enjoyed by some of the Founding Fathers.

Interestingly, but not surprisingly, many of the Founding Fathers were first and foremost a group of farmers. This connection to the land helped instill a love of food in many of them, and they were ardent supporters of sustainable farming and ranching, which has resurfaced as topic of interest recently. They were also purveyors of exotic imported foods, brewing, distilling, and wine appreciation. Many created original recipes, endorsed local production of beer and wine, and always shared their culinary interests with friends and fellow politicians.  Why not celebrate our nation’s birthday by taking a look at how some of the first foodies would have celebrated?