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Chef Walter Staib travels to Bordeaux: a region in the south west of France that inspired America's First Gourmand, Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson was so inspired with the region that he brought his chef to be trained in France and, upon his return to America, filled his cellars with French wine.
Chef Walter Staib highlights the cuisine and history of Pittsburgh and one of its grandest landmarks: The William Penn Hotel. Marvel at the transformation of Pittsburgh from the French and Indian War to the opulence of the industrialists who dined on Chateubriand.
Eliza Powel was the premiere hostess of the 18th century. She prepared decadent feasts that inspired John Adams to write a letter to Abigail, describing dinner as "sinful." Now, for the first time since Mrs. Powel's presentation, Chef Walter Staib recreates her "Sinful Feast," preparing it in her historic Philidelphia home.
The history of Jamaica is examined in this facinating episode of A Taste of History. Chef Staib examines the 1800s orchid craze, reveals a present-day Maroon tribal leader, and uncovers the art of making rum. Rum is a staple in the preparation of ceviche and a complement to one of the featured recipes: Brown Stew Pork.