Cognac is a sophisticated libation that thrived during prohibition and continues to influence food trends to this day. It is also the name of a French town where Chef Staib travels and reveals the fascinating history of this celebrated spirit. In Cognac, Chef Staib visits a sturgeon farm and prepares A Taste of History with Smoked Sturgeon, Roasted Breast of Pigeon with Foie Gras and Chocolate Sabayon with Cognac.
A TASTE OF HISTORY is a cooking series that explores America's culinary beginnings from the Birthplace of American cuisine. This innovative series brings America's history to life and makes it vibrant as we step back in time and get to know the founders of our country through the food they ate and the recipes they prepared. Chef Walter Staib, an award-winning internationally known chef with over four decades of experience, is a master of open hearth cookery. He demonstrates a true mastery in the preparation of sophisticated 18th Century cuisine, sure to inspire home-cooks.A TASTE OF HISTORY is produced in significant historic locations; from Jefferson's Monticello to Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Town and even on the banks of the Delaware River at Washington's Crossing. In each episode Chef Staib explores the origin of featured recipes and ingredients to reveal historical context. We learned about Martha Washington's contributions at Valley Forge, the Washington's well-known slave-chef Hercules and visit Jefferson's Monticello to walk through his gardens and cook in his kitchen!