Rare Bits: Unusual Origins Of Popular Recipes

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Rare Bits is an account of humankind's progression from skewering meat to whipping up a batch of Strawberries Sarah Bernhardt.
Ranging from Bismarcks to Green Goddess dressing, Rare Bits provides much food for thought. Stevens delves always deeper into the stories behind the familiar recipes, brushing aside spurious anecdotes to find the truth. This is culinary history at its most appetizing.
Stevens's lively and dedicated search reminds us that cooking may be one of the most civilized and civilizing of human activities. Understanding the serendipitous, eccentric, or historic origins of famous recipes deepens appreciation for the living gestures they represent.

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This is primarily a culinary history and only secondarily a cookbook?not surprisingly, since the author is a historian. The stories of how particular recipes developed and were named are extremely interesting and well written, particularly regarding baked goods. The preparations of cakes, pies, breads, and cookies are clear and easy to follow, and the stories behind them are fascinating. Recipes for savory foods are not as well presented. A bibliography covering culinary and more general historical sources is included. Other titles, such as John Mariani's The Dictionary of American Food and Drink (LJ 2/15/94) are more comprehensive though not as much fun to read. Recommended for collections with a strong interest in food history. Index not seen.?Mary Martin, CAPCON Lib. Network, Washington, DC
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