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Remembering the Protector of American Cuisine: Karen Hess

Quote for Today: “Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.” ― Craig Claiborne

Karen Hess

Karen Hess

Karen Hess, an American Culinary Historian, who brought the study of recipes, cooking techniques and everyday American cooking practices from the past into the present passed away this day in 2007. Although a kind woman, you would not want to be on her bad side. Mrs. Hess was not afraid to take on the food celebrities of her day. Craig Claiborne, James Beard, and even the beloved Julia Child were not safe from her wrath if they dared to speak poorly of American Cuisine. Among her works were “The Taste of America” co-authored with her husband, John Hess in 1977. My favorite though has to be “The Carolina Rice Kitchen: The African Connection.” This book chronicled how rice brought to America by African slaves helped shape the Carolina Low Country. I wish I could have met this woman.

Karen Hess books at Amazon

The Carolina Rice Kitchen: The African Connection

The Carolina Rice Kitchen: The African Connection is available on  Google Books for your reading enjoyment.  We hope that our blogging about today in history was both educational and insightful about cooking history.


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