Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Review: Tasting History, by Max Miller with Ann Volkwein


Tasting History, by Max Miller with Ann Volkwein. Published 2023 by S&S. Cooking.

Do you watch the YouTube channel Tasting History? You really should, because it's awesome. A couple of times per week,  host Max Miller cooks up some dish or other from the past. Could be anything. He peppers his demo with historical background and stories; it's super fun and Max is adorable.

He's been running the channel since 2020 and now he has his first cookbook. The book sorts recipes geographically rather than the more traditional way, by course, and that's fun. Most if not all of the recipes appeared on the channel and the book includes some helpful information about sourcing some of the more specialized ingredients and elements. There's a lot to enjoy here.

My husband wanted to dive right in when the book arrived shortly after its publication date and he made the gingerbread recipe.

Not traditional a traditional or modern gingerbread cookie, this is really ginger bread, made with stale bread crumbs and a lot of honey. The finished product is more like a weird candy or unusual dessert, best eaten bite-sized as the flavor is really strong and sweet. 

Glancing over the book, most of the recipes are pretty approachable but I would definitely read ahead of time if you plan to make something and keep an open mind about the results.

I can't wait to make more recipes from this unusual and delightful cookbook.

FTC Disclosure: I did not receive this book for review. I purchased it from Bookshop.org.

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