"There are, now and then, books so meaningful and satisfying that they feel like gifts. With A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove, Schenone has given us one--a complete history of women and food that doesn't exist elsewhere in one place..."
"Her delicious book is truly food for thought."
The Providence Journal--
"An amazing and wonderful book in many ways..."
"Peppered throughout with photographs, personal stories, and more than 50 recipes (including one for baked locusts), this fascinating culinary history documents the intimate, ever-changing ties between American women and food -- from milking cows and churning butter in the colonial era to throwing Tupperware parties to microwaving single-serve frozen lasagna packages today."
New York Newsday--
"Laura Schenone's A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove is a wonderfully executed work of popular social history, convincingly demonstrating that food provides a unique window on the history of women's daily lives... a lively, well-researched and thoroughly engrossing book."
The New York Times--
"EVEN though she grates her own nutmeg, grows her own herbs and owns a mezzaluna -- a fancy Italian knife shaped like a half moon -- Laura Schenone isn't a "foody," at least in the conventional sense." [Click for full story.]
Library Journal, starred review--
”Thoroughly researched and inviting history of how native and immigrant American women have fed their families from pre-European times to the 21st century."
"This lively, loving tribute to the female culinary experience crosses cultural and socioeconomic divides in authentic American fashion. Fascinating social history with a heaping helping of home cooking thrown in for good measure."
Muriel Stevens, Las Vegas Sun--
“This fascinating recounting of the impact women have had on food and eating in America is a compelling read. . . . Put this extraordinary journal on a shopping list.”
Lauren Chapin, The Kansas City Star--
“This is a book that belongs in every home and not just on the cookbook shelf.
"Well researched and nicely designed, A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove: A History of American Women Told Through Food, Recipes, and Remembrances lives up to its ambitious title. Written by Laura Schenone, it is a comprehensive look at the numerous roles women have played in the growth of this country and their remarkable contributions to its rich culinary past."
Charleston Post and Courier--
“A new and fresh volume on American history, full of photos and illustrations, and definitely worth reading.
The Spokesman Review--
"Laura Schenone knew she'd catch some flak for writing a book on women and cooking throughout the history of America."
"Rich with description, evocative, and offers information that is probably new to most readers. The author also does a commendable job of drawing the often-ignored connections among politics, women, and food."
Food History News, Editor's Notebook--
"Laura's Schenone's One Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove has been my bedtime reading for the past week, and I have concluded this one is a Keeper. Because Laura is covering a great span of time, her challenge is to manage to paint in broad strokes without blurring details too much. It's quite a trick, and she pulls it off by writing about the tone of a period of time, then zooming in to portray individual cooks, culinary situations, and dishes... Get a couple extras, and give them to your friends for a holiday gift. Let's get more people interested in food history. Schenone's book is a great introduction to it."
"This book is more than the history of American eating and cooking; Schenone recognizes that to tell the story of American food is to tell the history of American women, and the result is a truly delicious, satisfying read."
The North Jersey Record--
"The relationship between women, food, and cooking is the subject of Laura Schenone's new book... It is an epic tale of beauty, oppression, drudgery, and magic, experienced on some level by all women."
Mollie Katzen, author of The Moosewood Cookbook--
"Cooking is a fascinating and very real lens through which to study the history of women in our culture. In this beautifully written work, Laura Schenone takes on the dual roles of historian and story teller, reminding us of how women have expressed and experienced and created so much through and with food. And she inspires us to hold onto and extend the heritage, even in the face of our modern, hectic lives."
Dr. Vertamae Grosvenor, NPR cultural correspondent and author of Vibration Cooking--
"A passionate, groundbreaking book that will not only make you appreciate the culinary journey of the apronned ones who stood the heat of the cookstove for centuries, but also understand why they sometimes had an attitude! It might inspire you to put on an apron and cook some of the mouth watering, time-kissed recipes in this remarkable book."
Barbara Haber, author of From Hardtack to Home Fries: An Uncommon History of American Cooks and Meals--
"The profound relationship between women and food is a story admirably told by Laura Schenone in a book filled with historic insights, moving anecdotes and lively illustrations. While paying tribute to the generations of American women who have felt joy in feeding families, Schenone avoids sentimentality by recognizing that many of the kitchen chores expected of women have been tedious and repetitious. The result is a balanced and clear-eyed view of a women's history that until recently has been misunderstood and overlooked."
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