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This review is from: Thomas Jefferson's Creme Brulee: How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America (Kindle Edition)
Let's say 3 1/2 stars. I wonder if this started as Craugwell's PhD thesis because that's how it reads. MASSES of footnotes, which I didn't bother with (although I normally would) because I was reading the Kindle version and just couldn't figure out how to do it efficiently. It's an interesting book about Jefferson; how many of us read anything about early America after we finish school? So the history was useful and Jefferson was interesting - clay feet and all - but as for this purporting to be the history of James Hemings, his inherited-from-his-father-in-law slave (and the father in law's bastard son), well, there was much more surmise than fact. Which, given that Hemings probably didn't keep a diary, nor did anyone think to write anything down about him, makes sense. But the title is somewhat misleading. I had actually thought to make some of the recipes, particularly the creme brulee, but again, given the Kindle version, I couldn't read the photocopies of anything. Worth a read, but only if expectations are managed.
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