Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine

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 This unique culinary history of America offers a fascinating look at our past and uses long-forgotten recipes to expl...

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Title:Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine
Author:Sarah Lohman
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine Reviews

  • Clay
    May 21, 2017
    I try not to give books a 5 star rating. In my mind, 3 stars = Eh? You may enjoy it if you have an interest. 4 stars=If this is your genre/style/time period, you should check it out. 5 stars = Everyone should read this book. It achieves everything the author set out to do. Eight Flavo...
  • John
    Apr 27, 2017
    Every time the author mentioned some of her friends, I grew more envious that I am not one of them. I think she has to be one of the most interesting writers I've run across. In addition to writing, she gives food-related courses (lectures) regarding herbs and spices, which probably fi...
  • 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 ha...
  • Katherine Pershey
    Dec 02, 2017
    Such a fabulous book. I loved the breadth of history it takes to trace the way each of the flavors became part of American culture. This is a book about food - but also a book about identity, racism, geopolitics, immigration, tradition, culture... from the first paragraph, in which I g...
  • Robin
    May 31, 2017
    Read this after hearing the author speak at a very unique event in Providence, RI. Providence Public Library, Lippitt House and the RI Historical Society all teamed up to offer events around the theme of Relishing Rhode Island. This was a paid event which offered samples of food from t...
  • Phyllis
    Jul 09, 2018
    This is a very intriguing book. The eight flavors are, in order of appearance, black pepper, vanilla, chili powder, curry powder, soy sauce, garlic, MSG, and sriracha. Lohman's approach is to tell us nearly everything it is possible to know about each of these flavors and how they beca...
  • Tamara Evans
    Jun 13, 2018
    Very informative book not only for foodies but those who love to learn know the origin of things. The author explores how eight ingredients (black pepper, vanilla, chili powder, curry powder, soy sauce, garlic, monosodium glutamate (MSG), and sriracha) became staples in America cuisine...
  • Vegantrav
    Oct 24, 2017
    Black pepper, vanilla, chili powder, curry powder, soy sauce, garlic, MSG, and Sriracha--Eight Flavors gives a highly informative gustatory, scientific, culinary, cultural, and historical background for each flavor. The book is a quick read written in a breezy, conversational tone,...
  • Karen
    May 19, 2017
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I heartily recommend it. 4 1/2 stars. ...
  • 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 fascinatin...
  • Betsy
    Apr 28, 2017
    Well researched and entertaining, this is a good blend of history and food, with some recipes thrown in too. On a few occasions the writing seemed a bit cutesy, perhaps the author worried about being too academic. For foodies who also like history, this is good pick. ...
  • Aubrey
    Oct 13, 2017
    I am obsessed with this book! Lohman's exploration of the eight prevalent flavors of American cuisine explores American history, culinary history, and science in the most fascinating and captivating way. I have a new appreciation for so many facets of the food that previously seemed or...
  • Ran
    Dec 04, 2017
    Sarah Lohman identifies eight flavors that she claims are common in American pantries, some of which might surprise you including: black pepper, vanilla, chili powder, curry powder, soy sauce, garlic, MSG (umami), and sriracha. She then investigates the origins of each flavor and its p...
  • Crystal
    Nov 27, 2017
    An interesting, enjoyable read about the history of eight different now-American foods, including vanilla, curry, chili powder, MSG, soy sauce, sriracha, black pepper, and garlic. I got so wildly hungry over the vanilla and garlic sections. Recommended if you love food history. ...
  • Violeta
    Oct 11, 2017
    I really enjoyed reading the historical and political backgrounds of the eight flavors. I wish Lohman's writing style were a little bit more literary and a little bit less hipster though. ...
  • Jackie Kropp
    Dec 21, 2017
    Wonderful. Can't wait to read more of her work. ...
  • Janet Martin
    Nov 12, 2017
    An interesting history of some ingredients important in the US diet--from colonial times to the creation of sriracho only a few years ago. A nice read with a very few recipes more interesting than practical ...
  • Jennifer Stringer
    May 09, 2017
    I actually really enjoyed this book, despite my husband's teasing about its "riveting" subject matter. In this book the author walks us through the introduction of certain flavors in US cuisine. Beginning with pepper and ending with Sriracha sauce, Lohman tells the story of how eight d...
  • Kristin
    Aug 18, 2017
    I came across this book as part of a multi-part series at the Tenement Museum, the author being an employee at this museum and a facilitator of the food events I attended. I may not have picked it up otherwise, but was glad that I did. As someone interested in both food and culture/...
  • Allen Adams
    Jan 08, 2017
    http://www.themaineedge.com/style/eig... In a lot of circumstances, eight isn?t a particularly high number. But according to a new book, the foundation of American cuisine through the centuries can be explored via just eight flavors. That?s the premise of the aptly-named ?E...
  • 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, immigra...
  • Gr8Reader
    May 13, 2018
    Despite to being able to recall half of the flavors 3 days after finishing the book, I enjoyed it. found the history of each flavor and how it came to America very interesting.....some fascinating. Recommend this for any foodie! ...
  • 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 u...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kinsey Underbrink
    May 08, 2018
    I loved this book! America's culinary history is incredibly interesting. I wish she would have pronounced pho correctly. That drove me nuts. ...
  • 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 t...
  • 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 uniqu...
  • Aliza Cotton
    May 05, 2017
    Very well researched, combined historical facts with good recipes ...
  • Mauri
    Feb 25, 2018
    I enjoyed this book so much I bought it after reading the library copy I read for the GR challenge. I want my own copy. I learned so much about the food and the flavors, but more about how integrated food history is to our political history. I would recommend it to anyone intere...