A Thousand Years Over A Hot Stove

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A stunningly illustrated book that celebrates the power of food throughout American history and in women's lives.
Filled with classic recipes and inspirational stories, A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove will make you think twice about the food on your plate. Here is the first book to recount how American women have gathered, cooked, and prepared food for lovers, strangers, and family throughout the ages. We find native women who pried nourishment from the wilderness, mothers who...

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Overview

A stunningly illustrated book that celebrates the power of food throughout American history and in women's lives.
Filled with classic recipes and inspirational stories, A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove will make you think twice about the food on your plate. Here is the first book to recount how American women have gathered, cooked, and prepared food for lovers, strangers, and family throughout the ages. We find native women who pried nourishment from the wilderness, mothers who sold biscuits to buy their children's freedom, immigrant wives who cooked old foods in new homes to provide comfort. From church bake sales to microwaving moms, this book is a celebration of women's lives, homes, and communities. Over fifty recipes, from Federal Pancakes to Sweet Potato Pie, are beautifully presented along with over one hundred images from artists, photographers, and rare sources. A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove is the shared history of all American women and the perfect gift for anyone who ever put food on the table.

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Editorial Reviews

Barbara Haber
“The profound relationship between women and food is a story admirably told by Laura Schenone in a book filled with historic insights, moving anecdotes and lively illustrations. While paying tribute to the generations of American women who have felt joy in feeding families, Schenone avoids sentimentality by recognizing that many of the kitchen chores expected of women have been tedious and repetitious. The result is a balanced and clear-eyed view of a women's history that until recently has been misunderstood and overlooked.”
Dr. Vertamae Grovenor
“A passionate, groundbreaking book that will not only make you appreciate the culinary journey of the apronned ones who stood the heat of the cookstove for centuries, but also understand why they sometimes had an attitude! It might inspire you to put on an apron and cook some of the mouth watering, time-kissed recipes in this remarkable book.”
Mollie Katzen
“Cooking is a fascinating and very real lens through which to study the history of women in our culture. In this beautifully written work, Laura Schenone takes on the dual roles of historian and story teller, reminding us of how women have expressed and experienced and created so much through and with food. And she inspires us to hold onto and extend the heritage, even in the face of our modern, hectic lives.”
Newsday
“Lively, well-researched and thoroughly engrossing.”
Utne
“This fascinating culinary history documents the intimate, ever-changing ties between American women and food.”
Chicago Tribune
“[Schenone's] delicious book is truly food for thought.”
Providence Journal
“An amazing and wonderful book.”
Booklist
“Fascinating social history with a heaping helping of home cooking.”
January
“A millennium's-worth of history, social commentary, anecdotes and recipes in one literary stewpot.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393326277
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 450
  • Sales rank: 480,735
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Schenone is the author of the James Beard Award–winning book A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove. She writes for Saveur, New Jersey Monthly, and other magazines. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2005

    Wish I Had Written This Book -- Glad Someone Did

    I'm only 40 pages into this book, and I'm so impressed I wish I'd authored it myself! This book is beautiful to look at, absorbing to read and renews the average woman's confidence in the power of the role of providing everyday sustenance to a family or simply for herself. The book's info and insights also make me realize how 'stretched' I am, as a contemporary woman...With a full-time job, a husband with a chronic illness and as someone who is interested in food and foodways. I'm torn among so many priorities and necessities that I often feel I don't fulfill any of my 'jobs' very well...that I'm a jack of all trades and master of none. This book inspires me to dedicate myself to being a more passionate food appreciator and preparer, a greater respecter of the earth -- and someone prouder of her ability to do the many things life demands. Fascinating reading for anyone interested in women's history, food and cooking and American history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2006

    Great book

    Food history of women in America. This was a massive project that has not been done before. Schenone did an excellent job, complete with historical photos, and was even recognized by the James Beard Foundation where this book won for the best book in Writing and Reference in 2004. If you enjoy history and food, this is an excellent book.

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