Thomas Jefferson's Creme Brulee

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Thomas Jefferson's Creme Brulee

How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America

By Thomas J. Craughwell

Quirk Books, Hardcover, 9781594745782, 233pp.

Publication Date: September 18, 2012


This culinary biography recounts the 1784 deal that Thomas Jefferson struck with his slaves, James Hemings. The founding father was traveling to Paris and wanted to bring James along for a particular purpose to master the art of French cooking. In exchange for James's cooperation, Jefferson would grant his freedom.
Thus began one of the strangest partnerships in United States history. As Hemings apprenticed under master French chefs, Jefferson studied the cultivation of French crops (especially grapes for winemaking) so the might be replicated in American agriculture. The two men returned home with such marvels as pasta, French fries, Champagne, macaroni and cheese, creme brulee, and a host of other treats. This narrative history tells the story of their remarkable adventure and even includes a few of their favorite recipes

About the Author
Thomas J. Craughwell is the author of several nonfiction books, including Stealing Lincoln s Body, which was adapted into a documentary by the History Channel. He lives in Bethel, Connecticut."