Looking at the world from my small rural acres in the Blue Ridge.

The Challenge of Cooking Over Fire

The Challenge of Cooking Over Fire

 

 

Fires and hearths are what I’m thinking about this week as I put together my talk for the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello on Sept 21st!

                                                      Flandreau, South Dakota, 1978

I used to cook on a wood burning stove year round and in mid summer the heat could get a bit intense but then come the winter I loved my stove with it’s cheerful heat.

I have cooked on hearths in historic house museums in many settings since those days on the farm.

                                     Cooking with the Louisa County Hearth cooks 2015

As I shovel hot coals I think about all the enslaved cooks cooking fabulous meals on a blazing hearth in the 18th and 19th centuries.  In my work I try to see what the cook knew, to tell what the cook did every day, and clearly describe how the hard work got done.

                                                    At the Gunston Hall hearth 1999