The Founding Foodies – How Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin Revolutionized American Cuisine
“It’s a lovely mix of history and food. In our society today, where all manner of tastes can be satisfied by a trip to the local market, we do not appreciate the demands placed on our ancestors to procure and enjoy a meal. From the basic chore of developing and growing grains and meat, to the tasks of importing the spices and other additives to enhance the food, supplying our new nation with sustenance was, and still is, a monumental undertaking.” --Bob Mayberry, Professional Farmer, Artesia, New Mexico
“Dave DeWitt's The Founding Foodies is that rare work of historical writing--scholarly, immediately useful, and great fun. I will tuck into it with great gusto.”--Alan Pell Crawford, author of Twilight at Monticello, book reviewer for The Wall Street Journal, and a fellow at International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello
“You've put together a wonderfully detailed and rollicking culinary tale. It's one I will look forward to sharing with friends. I love your excursions into the English figuring out what to eat, Valley Forge myths, the importance of the salt industry, and the importance of fishing in the new Republic. Cool stuff woven into a compelling narrative.” Leni A. Sorensen, Ph.D. African-American Research Historian, Monticello
About Dave DeWitt (Albuquerque, New Mexico Author)
Dave DeWitt is a food historian and one of the foremost authorities in the world on chile peppers, spices, and spicy foods. He has more than 50 published books to his credit. Dave is also the producer of the National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show, the trade/consumer show for the multi-billion dollar Fiery Foods and Barbecue industries, now in its 30th year.
--President and CEO, Sunbelt Shows, Inc. --Founding Board Member, The Chile Pepper Institute, New Mexico State University --Member, Governing Board of Regents, New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces --Associate Professor, Adjunct Faculty, College of Agriculture and Home Economics, New Mexico State University
Dave has appeared on a number of national TV shows, including “American Journal,” CNN, “The Today Show,” “Home with Gary Collins,” “Scientific American Frontiers,” “Smart Solutions,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” “Mythbusters,” “Extreme Conventions” (Travel Channel), the Martha Stewart Show and many appearances on The Food Network. He has also been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, American Way, Smithsonian, and in more than two hundred newspapers across the country.