Sweet Taste of History

More than 100 Elegant Dessert Recipes from America's Earliest Days


Book Description

A Sweet Taste of History captures the grandeur of the sweet table—the grand finale course of an 18th century meal. Rather than serving something simple, hostesses arranged elaborate sweet tables, displays of ornate beauty and delicious edibles meant to leave guests with a lasting impression. A Sweet Taste of History will have the same effect, lingering in the minds of its readers and inspiring them to get in the kitchen.
This gorgeous cookbook blends American history with exquisite recipes, as well as tips on how to create your own sweet table. It features 100 scrumptious dessert recipes, including cakes, cobblers, pies, cookies, quick breads, and ice cream. It includes original recipes from first ladies well-known for entertaining, such as Martha Washington’s An Excellent Cake and Dolley Madison’s French Vanilla Ice Cream. Chef Staib also offers sources for unusual ingredients and step-by-step culinary techniques, updating some of the recipes for modern cooks. This wonderful keepsake will bring a bygone era in America to life and inspire readers who love to cook, entertain, and follow history.

About Staib, Walter

Chef Walter Staib is a third-generation restaurateur with over four decades of culinary experience. He is an author, Emmy Award-winning TV host, James Beard-nominated chef, and culinary historian. He began his career in Europe before coming to the United States in 1969. As founder and president of Concepts By Staib, Ltd. (est. 1989), a global restaurant management and hospitality consulting firm, Walter Staib has opened more than 650 restaurants worldwide. He is currently the driving force behind one of the nation’s finest dining establishments, Philadelphia’s City Tavern, a faithful recreation of an original 18th century tavern and Concepts By Staib, Ltd.’s flagship operation. In addition to being a top chef, restaurateur and consultant, Chef Staib has also authored several cookbooks: City Tavern Cookbook, City Tavern Baking & Dessert Cookbook, Black Forest Cuisine, and City Tavern: Recipes from the Birthplace of America. Staib has made numerous appearances on local and national cooking shows, such as the Today show, and the Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate and Iron Chef. He is the host of A Taste of History, which just received a 2012 James Beard Foundation nomination for Best TV Show On Location and which was awarded three Emmys in its first two seasons. The show is a vehicle for Staib to share 18th century cuisine with a growing audience. Currently, he can be seen nationwide for the fourth season on PBS and on national cable on WE-TV. In July 2006, he was named and remains the Culinary Ambassador to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The same year he was also awarded the Seven Stars & Stripes Award for Excellence in Hospitality. He also won the National Restaurant Association Keystone (Pennsylvania) Humanitarian Award that year. In 2009, he received Entree of the Year by Philadelphia Magazine. He was awarded the Silver Medal Award by the American Culinary Federation in 2010. The Colonial Society of Pennsylvania gave him the 2011 Contemporary Pioneer Award, and he was voted the Top Philadelphia Chef in the Conde Nast Cadillac Culinary Challenge in 2011.