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“Very cool…a breezy American culinary history that you didn’t know you wanted” (Bon Appetit)

BUY THE BOOK HERE! (and now on audio book!)

The United States boasts a culturally and ethnically diverse population that makes for a continually changing culinary landscape. But a young historical gastronomist named Sarah Lohman discovered that American food is united by eight flavors: black pepper, vanilla, curry powder, chili powder, soy sauce, garlic, MSG, and Sriracha. In “a unique and surprising view of American history…richly researched, intriguing, and elegantly written” (The Atlantic), Lohman sets out to explore how these influential ingredients made their way to the American table.

She begins in the archives, searching through economic, scientific, political, religious, and culinary records. She pores over cookbooks and manuscripts, dating back to the eighteenth century, through modern standards like How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. Lohman discovers when each of these eight flavors first appear in American kitchens—then she asks why.

“A fresh, original perspective to American culinary history” (The Christian Science Monitor), Eight Flavors takes you on a journey through the past to tell us something about our present, and our future. We meet John Crowninshield a New England merchant who traveled to Sumatra in the 1790s in search of black pepper. And Edmond Albius, a twelve-year-old slave who lived on an island off the coast of Madagascar, who discovered the technique still used to pollinate vanilla orchids today. Weaving together original research, historical recipes, gorgeous illustrations, and Lohman’s own adventures both in the kitchen and in the field, Eight Flavors is a delicious treat—which “may make you hungry” (Bustle).

You can buy Eight Flavors direct from the publisher, on Amazon, Barnes and Nobleindie bookstores–or anywhere else books are sold!

CONTACT:

To Book a Speaking Engagement with Sarah Lohman, please contact:

Hadley Walker Black | Director
Simon and Schuster Speakers Bureau
hadleyb@simonspeakers.com
212-647-6330

Book Publicity: Elizabeth Gay
212-698-7544
elizabeth.gay@simonandschuster.com
Literary Agent: Wendy Sherman
212-279-9027 x11
wendy@wsherman.com