food, history, rural life, and how we connect our cultural past and future
The Challenge of Cooking Over Fire
Fires and hearths are what I’m thinking about this week as I put together my talk for the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello on Sept 21st!
Flandreau, South Dakota, 1978
I used to cook on a wood burning stove year round and in mid summer the heat could get a bit intense but then come the winter I loved my stove with it’s cheerful heat.
I have cooked on hearths in historic house museums in many settings since those days on the farm.
Cooking with the Louisa County Hearth cooks 2015
As I shovel hot coals I think about all the enslaved cooks cooking fabulous meals on a blazing hearth in the 18th and 19th centuries. In my work I try to see what the cook knew, to tell what the cook did every day, and clearly describe how the hard work got done.