Reenactment is a way of bringing history to life and preserving it for the next generation. In this episode, we learn just how much fun it is to keep history alive on the battlefields, in the mess tents and camped along the rivers of our history.

A Taste of History is a TV 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 taped in significant historic locations; from Jefferson’s Monticello to Philadelphia’s Rittenhousetown 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 learn 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!

A Taste of History airs nationally on PBS. Contact your local station to find listings. If it’s not airing yet on your local channel, contact the station to request it.

When George Washington wasn’t busy governing a fledgling nation, he enjoyed spending time at his family plantation, Mount Vernon. Tour the “jewel of the Potomac” and join Chef Walter Staib in Washington’s very own kitchen as he prepares some of the first President’s favorite dishes.

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