TABASCO ®: An Illustrated Historyby Shane K. Bernard, Paul C. P. McIlhenny (Foreword by)
TABASCO®: An Illustrated History is the first and only book about the McIlhenny family and company based on previously untapped documents in the McIlhenny Company Archives. This chronicle examines the origin of TABASCO® sauce, from its post-Civil War creation on Avery Island, Louisiana, to its evolution into the "gold standard" of pepper sauces/i>
TABASCO®: An Illustrated History is the first and only book about the McIlhenny family and company based on previously untapped documents in the McIlhenny Company Archives. This chronicle examines the origin of TABASCO® sauce, from its post-Civil War creation on Avery Island, Louisiana, to its evolution into the "gold standard" of pepper sauces and a global culinary icon.
It also examines the often stranger-than-fiction stories that are inexorably bound up with the rise of TABASCO®--Edmund McIlhenny's creation of the sauce in the midst of Reconstruction-era economic ruin; John Avery McIlhenny's adventures in Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders volunteer cavalry regiment; Edward Avery McIlhenny's explorations in the unforgiving Arctic; and Walter S. McIlhenny's amazing heroics in World War II, which eventually secured him the rank of brigadier general, even as he modernized his family business and ensured its success into the late Twentieth century.
In addition to the central narrative, TABASCO®: An Illustrated History contains numerous detailed sidebars, as well as over a dozen historical recipes selected from handwritten McIlhenny family cookbooks and other archival sources. This book boasts hundreds of fascinating photographs, both in color and black-and-white, many of which are previously unpublished.
In this beautifully designed book, McIlhenny Company historian and curator Bernard chronicles the McIlhenny family of Avery Island, LA, and the origin of their ubiquitous pepper sauce. Originally intended as a companion book for the Tabasco Museum in New Orleans (a project temporarily shelved after Hurricane Katrina), this volume contains primary-source documents from the company's archives (both black-and-white and color photographs) and more than a dozen historical recipes from handwritten family cookbooks, along with updated versions. The text and accompanying illustrations are exquisitely laid out, and numerous detailed sidebars add a lot of flavor to an already colorful narrative. The historical photographs depict not only generations of the McIlhenny family but also Avery Island, New Orleans, and cultural artifacts. For additional insight into this hugely successful business and remarkable family, one might want to check out Jeffrey Rothfeder's McIlhenny's Gold: How a Louisiana Family Built the Tabasco Empire. Recommended for all libraries and specialized collections.
- University Press of Mississippi
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- 11.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Meet the Author
Shane K. Bernard is historian and curator for the McIlhenny Company and Avery Island, Inc., Archives. He is the author of Swamp Pop: Cajun and Creole Rhythm and Blues; The Cajuns: Americanization of a People; and Cajuns and Their Acadian Ancestors: A Young Reader's History (all from University Press of Mississippi).
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