History's Just Desserts

Exploring American History through Desserts and Their Makers

More of My Words

Teaching Schoolchildren with Historic Recipes

The Recipes Project

September 9, 2014

I reflect on what I learned when I made cookies from 1866 with fourth- and fifth graders.

Early-American Jews Brought Elements of Mediterranean Diet

American Food Roots

September 8, 2014

I was surprised to learn what early-American Jews ate and who else was familiar with it.

Sourcing Food, Sourcing Food History: Researching FOOD in the Garden 2014

National Museum of American History

August 27, 2014

I had never thought about the food history of the War of 1812 until I did research for the National Museum of American History’s FOOD in the Garden program.

Dolley Madison Mixed Business and Pleasure

American Food Roots

April 25, 2014

Food figured in Dolley Madison’s political agenda.

African-American Cookbooks Open Window to the Past

American Food Roots

February 10, 2014

Adapting historic recipes can cause guilty feelings.

A Meal to Honor Early African-American Cookbook Authors

NPR’s Kitchen Window

February 5, 2014

Early African-American cookbook authors are drawing me back into the world of food.

A Short Course on the History of 8 Thanksgiving Foods

The Washington Post

November 22, 2013

Some of the foods and stories may surprise you.

Free Range on Food: Thanksgiving

The Washington Post

November 27, 2013

Thanks to the Washington Post food folks for having me on — and to everyone for hard and good questions.

The Business of Philanthropy

American Enterprise Blog, National Museum of American History

May 5, 2012

My interest in charity cookbooks developed from my broader work on the history of philanthropy.

A Radical Shrew in America: Mary Hayley and Celebrity in the Early United States


April 2008

I had to write about this captivating character after I stumbled on her story.

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