Press Release

A Sweet Taste of History

More than 100 Elegant Dessert Recipes from America’s Earliest Days

From the chef and host of “A Taste of History” on PB, comes a beautiful cookbook that features 100 elegant dessert recipes from America's earliest days and will capture the grandeur of the sweet table-the grand finale course of an 18th century meal. At this time it was common for hostesses to arrange elaborate sweet tables that were designed as works of art. A Sweet Taste of History blends American history with exquisite recipes that shows not only how to recreate these incredible desserts but also the importance of each one, the social story behind them, and how these dishes landed on the tables of early Americans.

Step-by-step instructions show techniques for creating everything from cobblers and crisps to custards, cookies, and sorbet aims to bring a bygone era in America to life, when elegance was at its peak and entertaining was much more than a fine art, it was a way of life. The book features tales of how some of America’s greatest women impressed their guests and includes original recipes from first ladies well-known for entertaining. It shares Martha Washington’s recipes for An Excellent Cake and Dolley Madison’s French Vanilla Ice Cream.

Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press is proud to announce the November 2013 release of A Sweet Taste of History: More than 100 Elegant Dessert Recipes from America’s Earliest Days, by Chef Walter Staib (978-0-7627-9143.9, $29.95, Hardcover).

Media Contact: Molly Yun, coauthor, public relations director, 215-413-1443,