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Book Review: Tasting History

Tasting History: Explore the Past through 4,000 Years of RecipesTasting History: Explore the Past through 4,000 Years of Recipes by Max Miller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I spent months waiting for this cookbook to release… the anticipation well outshone the lead-up to Christmas! I’ve been a fan of Max Miller’s “Tasting History” YouTube channel for quite a while now, and have watched every single episode. Two of my passions are food and history, so of course Max’s chosen topic captured my heart immediately. The nanosecond pre-orders for the book opened up, I hit that button.

The cookbook does not disappoint. the photography is beautiful (I want that double-spread Simnel Cake picture as a poster!) The recipes are organized into five sections: The Ancient World, The British Isles, Continental Europe, The Near & Far East, and The New World. Each recipe is ‘date-stamped’ so you’ll know if it’s from the Roaring 20s or 4th Century Rome.

It’s no small feat to decipher ancient descriptions of food preparation and re-work them into something a modern-day cook can replicate. Max has put a lot of time and effort into doing just that. Clearly it’s been a labor of love. Those who choose to buy and use this cookbook will be bringing the past back to life – and eating it! What could be better?

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Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs when she’s not writing, editing, or playing games with a cat named Chives.

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