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Thomas Jefferson's Creme Brulee How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America

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ISBN-10: 1594745781

ISBN-13: 9781594745782

Edition: 2012

Authors: Thomas J. Craughwell

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In 1784, Thomas Jefferson made a deal with one of his slaves, 19-year-old James Hemings. The Founding Father was traveling to Paris to serve as ambassador to France. Jefferson wanted to bring James along "for a particular purpose"--to master the art of French cooking. And if James was willing to go along with the plan, Jefferson would grant his freedom.Why? Because the American diet circa 1784 was appalling. Meats were boiled. Spices were limited. Vegetables were mushy and overcooked. Bread was stale. Although Jefferson had never sampled French cuisine, he had read about it, and he wanted to bring its secrets back to the United States.So the two men journeyed to Paris. James Hemings was…    
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication date: 9/18/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 5.63" wide x 8.23" long x 0.98" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Thomas J. Craughwell is the author of several books on Catholic history and American popular culture, including Saints Behaving Badly, The Wisdom of the Popes, and Urban Legends.