Taste of History

Jefferson's Monticello - Pt. 4

Season 1, Episode 8 of 13

During his five years abroad as Minister to France, Jefferson's culinary tastes were refined, and he sought to bring all of French cooking's recipes and ingredients to the US. In this episode, we get to know James Hemings, Jefferson's slave cook who accompanied Jefferson to learn the ways of French cuisine. We also meet Jefferson's long-time Monticello cooks, Edith Hern Fossett and Fanny Hern. Chef Staib prepares a tour-de-force final meal in Jefferson's kitchen: Curried Lamb and with Rice Pilaf and Stewed Mushrooms, along with Leni Sorensen, Monticello's expert on the slave cooks who worked there.

Previously Aired

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Time
Channel
4/16/2010
12:30 p.m.
12/3/2011
5 p.m.
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