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

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

Thomas J. Craughwell


This culinary biography recounts the 1784 deal that Thomas Jefferson struck along with his slaves, James Hemings. The founding father used to be touring to Paris and desired to convey James alongside “for a specific purpose”— to grasp the artwork of French cooking. In alternate for James’s cooperation, Jefferson could furnish his freedom. 
 

 
therefore started one of many strangest partnerships in usa historical past. As Hemings apprenticed lower than grasp French cooks, Jefferson studied the cultivation of French plants (especially grapes for winemaking) so the should be replicated in American agriculture. the 2 males again domestic with such marvels as pasta, French fries, Champagne, macaroni and cheese, crème brûlée, and a number of alternative treats. This narrative historical past tells the tale in their amazing adventure—and even features a few in their favourite recipes!

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