Eliza Powel was the premiere hostess of the 18th century. She prepared decadent feasts that inspired John Adams to write a letter to Abigail, describing dinner as "sinful." Now, for the first time since Mrs. Powel's presentation, Chef Walter Staib recreates her "Sinful Feast," preparing it in her historic Philadelphia home.
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!