FANWOOD, NJ -- Sarah Lohman will discuss her new book Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine on Sunday, Feb. 26 @ 2:00 p.m. at the Fanwood Memorial Library. Her book offers a unique culinary history of America based on long-forgotten recipes and explains how eight flavors changed the way we eat.

Ms. Lohman is a “historical gastronomist,” which means she re-creates historical recipes to connect with the past. She says, “You can take a collection of words and measurements written long ago, and turn it into a physical object. You can create something that looks, smells, and tastes just like it did hundreds of years in the past. And that’s the next best thing to time travel: it lets you understand a little bit about another way of life.”

In her new book, Ms. Lohman explores archived cookbooks, merchant’s tales and historical accounts from chefs, botanists and farmers to uncover how eight influential flavors first made their way into the American kitchen and then traces each flavor forward to its present use in homes and by well-known chefs. 

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So what are the eight flavors? 

The author will tell you at her presentation on Feb. 26 when she weaves together original research, historical recipes, and her own adventures in the kitchen and in the field.

Sarah Lohman is originally from Cleveland, where she began working in a museum at the age of 16, cooking historic food over a wood-burning stove. Lohman moved to New York in 2006 to work for New York magazine’s food blog, Grub Street, and now works with museums and galleries around the city to create public programs focused on food. Her work has been featured in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal and NPR, and she has appeared in NYC-TV’s mini-series Appetite City cooking culinary treats from New York’s past. The author of a twice-monthly food feature for Etsy called “Kitchen Histories,” Eight Flavors is her first book.