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Presidential homes and various historical locations are the backdrop locations for A Taste of Honey, which provides viewers with 18th century recipes, guided by host Chef Walter Staib. Each episode takes viewers to various historic places such as Thomas Jefferson

Janson Media
1 Season, 122 Episodes
February 15, 2009
Cast: Walter Staib
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A Taste of History Full Episode Guide

  • A dazzling retrospective of A Taste of History, as told by host and creator, Chef Walter Staib.

  • Chef Walter Staib recounts his favorite local dishes and locations from the island of St. Lucia.

  • Barbados' history, cuisine, and folklore are explored by Chef Walter Staib. Recipes with local chefs include Bajan macaroni pie, sea cat, and Bajan souse with pig ear.

  • Oak barrels, spring water and corn take center stage as Chef Walter Staib discovers the history of bourbon in Kentucky. Recipes include pepper-crusted pork tenderloin, and bourbon-glazed apples.

  • Chef Walter Staib and General George Washington brave the elements to discuss the winter of 1777 at Valley Forge. Recipes include veal kidney mushroom pie, and fried cauliflower.

  • Chef Walter Staib teams up Chef Pete Mims to enjoy Laredo's local food favorites and the interesting history of the short-lived Republic of the Rio Grande. Recipes include puffy chalupas, and beef tenderloin with huitlacoche.

  • Chef Walter Staib visits Tennessee and cooks at one of its oldest antebellum estates, Rattle & Snap. Recipes include cream of peanuts, stuffed pork roulade, and braised green beans.

  • Chef Walter Staib travels to Turks and Caicos to explore the historic salt ponds of Salt Cay. He also assists in the preparation a Caribbean queen conch tasting menu with local chefs.

  • The wealth of New Jersey's waterfront and the story of Marmaduke Cooper is uncovered by Chef Walter Staib at Pomona Hall. Recipes include stewed pheasant, and fricassee of sweetbreads & veal tongue.

  • Chef Walter Staib tours the historic corridors of Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary. Recipes include white bean & beef stew, and red bean chili.

  • William Penn's approach to ale making is brought to life at his home, Pennsbury Manor. Recipes include sausage dumplings with a mushroom ale sauce, and roasted potatoes with sausage & sage.

  • The lasting influence of the Chinese in Jamaica is explored by Chef Walter Staib in the kitchen and on the street. Unique Asian-Jamaican fusion recipes include janga eggrolls with star fruit relish, and spicy shumai with Thai chili.

  • Joined by his son, Chef Walter Staib travels to his late-wife's homeland in this touching tribute. Nicaragua's natural beauty, unique culture, and amazing cuisine are celebrated.

  • In 1781, General Rochambeau's French forces marched hundreds of miles with the Continental Army to help secure American independence.  Chef Walter Staib prepares rustic fare that would have been served on this historic journey.

  • Chef Walter Staib explores the painstaking process of colonial craftsmanship. Along with observing book making and looming, Staib exhibits his own craft with recipes such as braised lamb shank and stuffed kohlrabi.

  • Chef Walter Staib travels to the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes: Nicaragua! From touring antique markets to preparing traditional favorites like vigaron and baho, Staib gives an intimate look into the history and flavors of the Nicaraguans.

  • Thomas Jefferson's impact on the world of wine is explored in Chef Staib's triumphant return to Monticello.  Recipes include lavender-marinated duck, oysters with champagne, and more.

  • Grand estates required an enormous amount of effort to maintain during the early days of America.  Chef Staib discovers what it took at the manor of Pennsylvania's founder, William Penn. Recipes include catfish dumplings and cream of persimmon.

  • The natural beauty and unique foods of St. Lucia are explored.  Chef Walter Staib learns some native creole language and helps prepare unique and traditional St. Lucian fare in the tropical forest of this island nation.

  • William Penn was amazed to find vast numbers of wild game in the forests of the New World. Chef Walter Staib travels to Pennsbury Manor and prepares recipes such as elk stew that would have been enjoyed by the Pennsylvania colonists including Penn himself.

  • Chef Staib travels along the south coast of Jamaica and delights in adventure off the beaten track, relishing a local's delicious pepper shrimp dish and a fisherman's hangout in the middle of the sea.

  • The struggle and triumph of the first permanent English settlement in North America is explored. In honor of the natives and colonists of Jamestown, Virginia, Chef Staib prepares stuffed roasted chicken with wild rice and cornbread.

  • Chef Walter Staib uncovers the life of General "Mad Anthony" Wayne and the Battle of Paoli - an event that inspired America's first battle cry, "Remember Paoli!"  Recipes include braised short ribs, Pennsylvania dutch gratin, and more.

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