A Taste of History

A Taste of History

2009 - 2017, Cookery, History
Chef Walter Staib prepares 18th century cuisine.

Episode Guide

  • A Taste of History - Cajun Cuisine of the Acadians (Season 8 Episode 8)
    Season 8 Episode 8:

    Cajun Cuisine of the Acadians

    Authentic Cajun recipes include rabbit and squirrel jambalaya and turtle sauce piquante.

  • A Taste of History - Alexander Hamilton The Financier (Season 8 Episode 7)
    Season 8 Episode 7:

    Alexander Hamilton The Financier

    Fricassee of veal with turnips; soft shell crabs; classic dessert.

  • A Taste of History - Bonaparte in St. Lucia (Season 8 Episode 6)
    Season 8 Episode 6:

    Bonaparte in St. Lucia

    Upper-class French recipes include navarin d'agneau.

  • A Taste of History - 300 Years of Service (Season 8 Episode 5)
    Season 8 Episode 5:

    300 Years of Service

    Sauerbraten; spicy cabbage slaw.

  • A Taste of History - Creole Cuisine and the War of 1812 (Season 8 Episode 4)
    Season 8 Episode 4:

    Creole Cuisine and the War of 1812

    Redfish court-bouillon; brandied bananas with rum; cream cheese ice cream.

  • A Taste of History - German Born, American Made (Season 8 Episode 3)
    Season 8 Episode 3:

    German Born, American Made

    The family home of Henry Muhlenberg in Trappe, Pa.; recipes featuring German fare include pickled lamb tongue and stuffed cabbage.

  • A Taste of History - Peace and Autonomy (Season 8 Episode 2)
    Season 8 Episode 2:

    Peace and Autonomy

    The Maroons of Accompong, Jamaica; roasting a traditional whole jerk pig; pepper pot soup.

  • A Taste of History - George Washington's Whiskey (Season 8 Episode 1)
    Season 8 Episode 1:

    George Washington's Whiskey

    George Washington's recipe for unaged rye whiskey; pecan-stuffed suckling pig; pork kidney; plum pudding.

  • A Taste of History - Pittsburgh: From Frontier to Fortune (Season 7 Episode 13)
    Season 7 Episode 13:

    Pittsburgh: From Frontier to Fortune

    The cuisine and history of Pittsburgh; William Penn Hotel; how Pittsburgh changed over the years, from the French and Indian War to the opulence of the industrialists.

  • A Taste of History - Eliza Powel's Sinful Feast (Season 7 Episode 12)
    Season 7 Episode 12:

    Eliza Powel's Sinful Feast

    Chef Walter Staib recreates Eliza Powel's "sinful feast" in her historic Philadelphia home.

  • A Taste of History - Orchids, Herbs and Rum in Jamaica (Season 7 Episode 11)
    Season 7 Episode 11:

    Orchids, Herbs and Rum in Jamaica

    The history of Jamaica includes the orchid craze in the 1800s; Maroon tribal leader; the art of making rum; brown stew pork.

  • A Taste of History - From Bordeaux to Jefferson's Cellars (Season 7 Episode 10)
    Season 7 Episode 10:

    From Bordeaux to Jefferson's Cellars

    Specialties of the Bordeaux region in southwest France.

  • A Taste of History - When America Spoke French (Season 7 Episode 9)
    Season 7 Episode 9:

    When America Spoke French

    How the French population of Philadelphia lived and ate in the late 18th century; the Berley brothers of Shane Confectionary discuss the history of making ice cream above the candy shop.

  • A Taste of History - George Washington's Tent (Season 7 Episode 8)
    Season 7 Episode 8:

    George Washington's Tent

    George Washington's mobile headquarters survives both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars; Army cuisines; rustic pot-au-feu and whiskey cake.

  • A Taste of History - James K. Polk: The Dark Horse President (Season 7 Episode 7)
    Season 7 Episode 7:

    James K. Polk: The Dark Horse President

    Farm-to-table southern fare favored by President James K. Polk, including fried chicken and chess pie.

  • A Taste of History - The Moravians of Bethlehem (Season 7 Episode 6)
    Season 7 Episode 6:

    The Moravians of Bethlehem

    The history of the Moravians; beef rouladen and stir-fried cabbage; Moravian sugar cake.

  • A Taste of History - Boston's Famous Parker House (Season 7 Episode 5)
    Season 7 Episode 5:

    Boston's Famous Parker House

    Boston's Haymarket Square and Parker House; Boston scrod; Parker House rolls; Boston cream pie.

  • A Taste of History - Dr. Benjamin Rush: Father of American Psychiatry (Season 7 Episode 4)
    Season 7 Episode 4:

    Dr. Benjamin Rush: Father of American Psychiatry

    Seafood vol-au-vent; leek and crimini mushroom ragu; apple tart.

  • A Taste of History - George Washington in Barbados (Season 7 Episode 3)
    Season 7 Episode 3:

    George Washington in Barbados

    Unique connection between Barbados and the U.S.; Bajan fish cakes; flying fish; cou-cou.

  • A Taste of History - Charles Thomson's Great Seal of the United States (Season 7 Episode 2)
    Season 7 Episode 2:

    Charles Thomson's Great Seal of the United States

    Crawfish bisque and wether stew; bee sting cake, infused with honey and baked in an 18th-century beehive oven.

  • A Taste of History - The Water of Life: Cognac (Season 7 Episode 1)
    Season 7 Episode 1:

    The Water of Life: Cognac

    Smoked sturgeon; roasted breast of pigeon with foie gras; chocolate sabayon with cognac.

  • A Taste of History - Roots of Creole Cooking in St. Lucia (Season 6 Episode 12)
    Season 6 Episode 12:

    Roots of Creole Cooking in St. Lucia

    The Creole influence in St. Lucia; authentic Creole cuisine.

  • A Taste of History - Back to the Black Forest (Season 6 Episode 11)
    Season 6 Episode 11:

    Back to the Black Forest

    Chef Staib returns to the Black Forest of Germany, where he cultivated his career; Maultaschen or Black Forest ravioli; mache salad with eggs, bacon and hazelnuts; Black Forest potato salad; Black Forest cake.

  • A Taste of History - The Return of L'Hermione (Season 6 Episode 10)
    Season 6 Episode 10:

    The Return of L'Hermione

    The final reconstruction phase of L'Hermione; calf livers in calvados with apples; potato gratin; poached leeks in vinaigrette; dandelion salad with lardons; salad of mussels, barley, artichokes and tomatoes; floating island.

  • A Taste of History - Benjamin Franklin -- at Home in London (Season 6 Episode 9)
    Season 6 Episode 9:

    Benjamin Franklin -- at Home in London

    The Benjamin Franklin House in London; Ben Franklin's recipes for lettuce and anchovy soup, stuffed lobster, venison loaf, succotash and parmesan cheesecake.

  • A Taste of History - Discovering China's Past (Season 6 Episode 8)
    Season 6 Episode 8:

    Discovering China's Past

    Exotic fish market and the Forbidden City of Beijing; hotspots in Chonging, China; a classic Chinese feast of tripe, peanut and peppercorn sauce, pot stickers, Chonging-style chicken and steamed buns.

  • A Taste of History - Grenada -- The Spice Island (Season 6 Episode 7)
    Season 6 Episode 7:

    Grenada -- The Spice Island

    Grenada, the home of nutmeg; local chefs make oil down and other island dishes.

  • A Taste of History - Take to the Waters (Season 6 Episode 6)
    Season 6 Episode 6:

    Take to the Waters

    Mountain trout; honey-stung Brussels sprouts; stew with braised marinated rabbit; roasted, stuffed tenderloin of venison.

  • A Taste of History - General Hand, Redcoat/Patriot (Season 6 Episode 5)
    Season 6 Episode 5:

    General Hand, Redcoat/Patriot

    Cabbage soup with meat dumplings; roasted stuffed pork stomach with pan gravy; steamed leeks with Irish bacon; Irish soda bread.

  • A Taste of History - Fort Mifflin's River War (Season 6 Episode 4)
    Season 6 Episode 4:

    Fort Mifflin's River War

    Shrimp and rutabaga fricassee; corn fritters; okra fish stew; baked fennel.

  • A Taste of History - Artillery by the Book (Season 6 Episode 3)
    Season 6 Episode 3:

    Artillery by the Book

    Pease soup with pork shanks; Sally Lunn toast; Hunter's stew with rabbit, beef, turkey and pork; skillet potatoes; cannonball punch.

  • A Taste of History - Winning the War With Bread (Season 6 Episode 2)
    Season 6 Episode 2:

    Winning the War With Bread

    Classic turkey pot pie; gingerbread and poached pears.

  • A Taste of History - Philadelphia's City Tavern (Season 6 Episode 1)
    Season 6 Episode 1:

    Philadelphia's City Tavern

    The history of Philadelphia's City Tavern; chef Staib prepares roast leg of venison, yellow beets and walnuts gratin, sage potatoes and creme brulee.

  • A Taste of History - Revolutionary Caribbean (Season 5 Episode 13)
    Season 5 Episode 13:

    Revolutionary Caribbean

    Caribbean delights include conch chowder and codfish cakes.

  • A Taste of History - Original Sushi (Season 5 Episode 12)
    Season 5 Episode 12:

    Original Sushi

    The origins of Japanese sushi; Kobe beef; a tour of the Imperial Palace grounds.

  • A Taste of History - A Capital Design (Season 5 Episode 11)
    Season 5 Episode 11:

    A Capital Design

    Liver dumplings; veal tongue fricassee; sauteed heirloom carrots; chocolate mousse cake.

  • A Taste of History - Under the Vine and Figtree (Season 5 Episode 10)
    Season 5 Episode 10:

    Under the Vine and Figtree

    Calf brains with butter and capers; beef royale.

  • A Taste of History - Original Americans (Season 5 Episode 9)
    Season 5 Episode 9:

    Original Americans

    Cornmeal fried catfish; stuffed squash; maple baked beans; corn; cranberry pancakes.

  • A Taste of History - Trekking South Africa (Season 5 Episode 8)
    Season 5 Episode 8:

    Trekking South Africa

    South African specialties featuring local game include warthog kebabs and ostrich stew.

  • A Taste of History - Battle of Nassau (Season 5 Episode 7)
    Season 5 Episode 7:

    Battle of Nassau

    Boiled fish; curried lobster; johnnycake.

  • A Taste of History - King of Prussia (Season 5 Episode 6)
    Season 5 Episode 6:

    King of Prussia

    Konigsberger klopse meatballs in caper sauce; eisbein pork shanks; apple strudel.

  • A Taste of History - Chili Peppers: Fruit of New Mexico (Season 5 Episode 5)
    Season 5 Episode 5:

    Chili Peppers: Fruit of New Mexico

    Short ribs; red polenta; wild boar chili.

  • A Taste of History - El Camino Real (Season 5 Episode 4)
    Season 5 Episode 4:

    El Camino Real

    Atole; blue corn porridge; elk stew.

  • A Taste of History - Let Freedom Ring (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    Let Freedom Ring

    Sauteed shad roe; coq au vin rouge with herb spaetzle.

  • A Taste of History - Star Spangled Banner (Season 5 Episode 2)
    Season 5 Episode 2:

    Star Spangled Banner

    Eel and mussel chowder; smoked pheasant en croute; roasted veal shank; bread pudding with black currants.

  • A Taste of History - Engineering a Revolution (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:

    Engineering a Revolution

    Hungarian goulash; cabbage potato stew with kielbasa; strawberry tarte.

  • A Taste of History - The First Five Presidents (Season 4 Episode 13)
    Season 4 Episode 13:

    The First Five Presidents

    A review of five presidents, the foods they loved and highlights from their lives.

  • A Taste of History - Blue Mountain Coffee (Season 4 Episode 12)
    Season 4 Episode 12:

    Blue Mountain Coffee

    A coffee plantation on Jamaica's Blue Mountains; British plantation brunch.

  • A Taste of History - Pirates Get Their Due (Season 4 Episode 11)
    Season 4 Episode 11:

    Pirates Get Their Due

    Port Royal, Jamaica, underwater city; cooking on the Rio Grande.

  • A Taste of History - James Monroe (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    James Monroe

    The Monroe Doctrine; fried lake perch; kohlrabi.

  • A Taste of History - Three Women (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    Three Women

    Mary Randolph's stuffed veal breast; Hannah Glasse's braised veal heart; Martha Washington's cake.

  • A Taste of History - William Penn's Grand Experiment (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    William Penn's Grand Experiment

    William Penn's North American home; history of Philadelphia; oxtail soup and rib roast with Yorkshire pancakes.

  • A Taste of History - In Search of Catchup (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    In Search of Catchup

    The origins of ketchup; an organic farm in Malaysia; preparing local Malaysian specialties in bamboo rice.

  • A Taste of History - Liquid Gold (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    Liquid Gold

    Rum in Guyana; the legend of El Dorado; traditional Guyanese dishes.

  • A Taste of History - St. Lucia: Tropical Delights, Naval Fights (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    St. Lucia: Tropical Delights, Naval Fights

    Curried chicken and bouillon.

  • A Taste of History - Antigua: Harboring British Interests (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    Antigua: Harboring British Interests

    Seafood water and pumpkin pancakes.

  • A Taste of History - Remembering John Adams (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Remembering John Adams

    A classic New England boiled dinner; John Adams' birthplace home in Quincy, Mass.

  • A Taste of History - The Midnight Ride (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    The Midnight Ride

    Henry Longfellow's poem, "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere"; lobster pie; deep-fried quail eggs.

  • A Taste of History - Boston's Freedom Trail (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Boston's Freedom Trail

    The Freedom Trail, a walking tour of famous sites from 18th century Boston; clam chowder; tripe a la mode.

  • A Taste of History - The First Three Seasons (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    The First Three Seasons

    Memorable dishes.

  • A Taste of History - Nothing Grows on Exuma (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    Nothing Grows on Exuma

    Recipes from Exuma, Bahamas, include conch salad, conch fritters, fish fry and guava duff.

  • A Taste of History - Birds of America -- John James Audubon (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    Birds of America -- John James Audubon

    John James Audubon's farm and bird sanctuary near Valley Forge, Pa.

  • A Taste of History - Jamaica -- The Market Basket (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Jamaica -- The Market Basket

    Mannish water; ackee and saltfish; curried goat; cornmeal fritter.

  • A Taste of History - Weekend Warriors (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    Weekend Warriors

    Mushroom toast; venison stew; bread dumplings; fried celery.

  • A Taste of History - Continental Congress & Constitutional Convention (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    Continental Congress & Constitutional Convention

    Fried calves feet with curried remoulade; beef olives; mashed potatoes; broccoli.

  • A Taste of History - Philadelphia Falls (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Philadelphia Falls

    Potato leek soup; roasted leg of lamb; cardoon au fromage.

  • A Taste of History - Dolley & James Madison -- Entertaining at Montpelier (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Dolley & James Madison -- Entertaining at Montpelier

    Virginia ham and oysters; roast pheasant with cornmeal stuffing; peas a la Francaise.

  • A Taste of History - Dolley & James Madison -- Entertaining at Montpelier (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Dolley & James Madison -- Entertaining at Montpelier

    Ice cream; artichokes; veal kidney dijonnaise; Hoppin' John; cornmeal fried catfish.

  • A Taste of History - Rye Coffee (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Rye Coffee

    Harvesting rye; madeira onion soup; sea snails; beef tongue with caper sauce; Pennsylvania Dutch dumplings.

  • A Taste of History - Bartram's Gardens: A Revolution in Gardening (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Bartram's Gardens: A Revolution in Gardening

    Fried Lafayette fish; curried tofu with shrimp, turbot and braised romaine.

  • A Taste of History - The Washingtons at Mount Vernon (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    The Washingtons at Mount Vernon

    Pickled herring bonne femme; roasted stuffed goose; braised sunchokes; sweet potato biscuits.

  • A Taste of History - The Washingtons at Mount Vernon (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    The Washingtons at Mount Vernon

    Chef Walter Staib prepares some of George Washington's favorites, including roasted beef marrow, baked stuffed sturgeon, roasted root vegetables and citrus vinaigrette.

  • A Taste of History - The Beautiful People of Colonial Williamsburg (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    The Beautiful People of Colonial Williamsburg

    Cod fish fritters; stuffed roasted quail; Virginia ham; pineapple sauerkraut.

  • A Taste of History - Remembering Lafayette's Sacrifices (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    Remembering Lafayette's Sacrifices

    French General Lafayette's American victory tour of 1824 was a sold-out event wherever he went. In this episode, Chef Staib pays tribute to Gen. LaFayette by making a very French meal of Tripe Soup, Roasted Sweetbreads and Creamed Savoy Cabbage.

  • A Taste of History - Coffee at Colonial Williamsburg (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Coffee at Colonial Williamsburg

    Chicken vermicelli soup; veal fricassee; curried rice pilaf.

  • A Taste of History - 18th Century Animals (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    18th Century Animals

    Beef barley soup; pork ragout; Sally Lunn dumplings.

  • A Taste of History - Betsy Ross Sews a Legend (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Betsy Ross Sews a Legend

    Lobster and corn fritters; baked veal chops; braised artichokes.

  • A Taste of History - Yellow Fever (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Yellow Fever

    Citrus-marinated salmon with an eggplant dore.

  • A Taste of History - David Rittenhouse's Orrery (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    David Rittenhouse's Orrery

    Crown roast of pork with Madeira sauce; sweet potatoes and apples.

  • A Taste of History - Benjamin Franklin -- Science Superstar (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Benjamin Franklin -- Science Superstar

    Vol-au-vent with sweetbreads; beef and pork pie; sweet-and-sour red cabbage.

  • A Taste of History - Benedict Arnold's Treacherous Wife (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Benedict Arnold's Treacherous Wife

    Oyster stew; roasted duckling glazed with honey.

  • A Taste of History - Escape to Deshler Morris House (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Escape to Deshler Morris House

    Shrimp toast; larded heart of beef tenderloin.

  • A Taste of History - Surgery and Soda Pop (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Surgery and Soda Pop

    Smoked brook trout on potato pancakes; coq au vin chicken; Brussels sprouts.

  • A Taste of History - The Powels -- Friends of the Washingtons (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    The Powels -- Friends of the Washingtons

    Forced cabbage; traditional beef stew with egg noodles.

  • A Taste of History - Charles Thomson -- Witness to History (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Charles Thomson -- Witness to History

    Shrimp in saffron cream; marinated asparagus; fennel puree.

  • A Taste of History - Madeira Wine by the Galleons (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    Madeira Wine by the Galleons

    Chicken cooked with Madeira wine; spaetzle; chestnut fritters.

  • A Taste of History - Ben Franklin's Genius (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Ben Franklin's Genius

    American Philosophical Society was founded by Ben Franklin; braised oxtail; spruce beer.

  • A Taste of History - West Indies Influence (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    West Indies Influence

    Salmon escoveitch; salmon corn cakes; the Subscription Room.

  • A Taste of History - Hercules: Slave Chef to the Washingtons (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Hercules: Slave Chef to the Washingtons

    Veal olives was the signature dish of Hercules, the slave chef of George Washington; white bean and shallot puree.

  • A Taste of History - Root Cellars (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Root Cellars

    Goose with turnips; crab cake with herb remoulade; root cellars.

  • A Taste of History - Jefferson's Monticello (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Jefferson's Monticello

    James Hemings, Thomas Jefferson's slave cook; curried lamb with rice pilaf and stewed mushrooms.

  • A Taste of History - Jefferson's Monticello (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Jefferson's Monticello

    White bean and bacon soup; chicken fricassee; herbed barley; tour of Monticello Visitor's Center.

  • A Taste of History - Jefferson's Monticello (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Jefferson's Monticello

    Beer and wine cellars; ice house; how 18th century food was harvested and stored; boiled beef with bouillon potatoes.

  • A Taste of History - Jefferson's Monticello (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Jefferson's Monticello

    Stuffed cabbage with fried asparagus; a tour of Thomas Jefferson's estate and gardens.

  • A Taste of History - Washington's Crossing Pepperpot Soup (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Washington's Crossing Pepperpot Soup

    West Indies-influenced pepperpot soup with corn bread.

  • A Taste of History - Von Steuben's Secret Weapon (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Von Steuben's Secret Weapon

    Braised rabbit legs and potato cakes.

  • A Taste of History - Early German Settlers (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Early German Settlers

    German settlers come to Philadelphia and immediately contribute to the new world's culture; ale-braised sausages.

  • A Taste of History - Martha Washington Won the War (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Martha Washington Won the War

    Martha Washington's authentic turkey stew with oysters.

  • A Taste of History - World Travels Special (Special)
    Special:

    World Travels Special

    A collection of scenes that capture the world travels of Chef Walter Staib; featuring exotic recipes from each location.

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