Saturday, October 30, 2010

Thomas Jefferson and Food

How his chef James Hemings made the most wonderful macaroni and cheese. To quote:
Though disgusted by the excess of Parisian society, Jefferson couldn't help but be drawn to its art, architecture, music, food and wine. A man of contradictions (he was adamantly against slavery yet never freed his 200 slaves), Jefferson socialized with the bourgeoisie and aristocracy, and was known to host lavish dinner parties in his Parisian apartment on the Champs Elysees (Bordeaux was his wine of choice). He employed four French chefs and had his slave, James Hemings, learn the art of French cooking. His favorite recipes were recorded in his own hand -- one of these recipes is of macaroni, then a term for pasta.

1 comment:

Julygirl said...

A delicious sounding and slightly different variation on an old favorite....more to the adult taste.