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Guilty Feelings about Tweaking Historic Recipes: A Piece in American Food Roots

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Last week I wrote a piece on early African American cookbook authors in NPR’s Kitchen Window.  I included a recipe from each cookbook, and I mentioned that I had adapted the recipes for today’s kitchen.  Readers debated whether we today should change historic recipes.  I’ve been mulling that issue for the last few months, and I reflect on tweaking historic recipes this week in American Food Roots.

 

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2 thoughts on “Guilty Feelings about Tweaking Historic Recipes: A Piece in American Food Roots

  1. Author Kay Moss addresses the issue of interpretation versus adaptation in her book, “Seeking the Historical Cook: Exploring Eighteenth-Century Southern Foodways.” If you have not read it, I highly recommend it!

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