A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove

A History of American Women Told through Food, Recipes, and Remembrances

Laura Schenone (Author)

Overview | Inside the Book

A stunningly illustrated book that celebrates the power of food throughout American history and in women's lives.

Filled with classic recipes and inspirational stories, A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove will make you think twice about the food on your plate. Here is the first book to recount how American women have gathered, cooked, and prepared food for lovers, strangers, and family throughout the ages. We find native women who pried nourishment from the wilderness, mothers who sold biscuits to buy their children's freedom, immigrant wives who cooked old foods in new homes to provide comfort. From church bake sales to microwaving moms, this book is a celebration of women's lives, homes, and communities. Over fifty recipes, from Federal Pancakes to Sweet Potato Pie, are beautifully presented along with over one hundred images from artists, photographers, and rare sources. A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove is the shared history of all American women and the perfect gift for anyone who ever put food on the table.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • November 2004
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32627-7
  • 7.5 × 9.2 in / 448 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.


Endorsements & Reviews

“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.” — Dr. Vertamae Grovenor, NPR cultural correspondent and author of Vibration Cooking

“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.” — Mollie Katzen, author of The Moosewood Cookbook

“Lively, well-researched and thoroughly engrossing.” — Newsday

“This fascinating culinary history documents the intimate, ever-changing ties between American women and food.” — Utne

“An amazing and wonderful book.” — Providence Journal

“Fascinating social history with a heaping helping of home cooking.” — Booklist

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