Stirring the Pot with Benjamin Franklin
- A Founding Father’s Culinary Adventures
- Narrated by: Pam Ward
- Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 01-16-18
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Franklin is known for his scientific discoveries, including electricity and the lightning rod, and his curiosity and logical mind extended to the kitchen: he even conducted an electrical experiment to try to cook a turkey.
Later in life, on his diplomatic missions - he lived 15 years in England and nine in France - Franklin ate like a local. Eighmey discovers the meals served at his London home-away-from-home and analyzes his account books from Passy, France, for tips to his diet there. Yet he also longed for American foods; his wife Deborah sent over some favorites including cranberries, which amazed the London kitchen staff. He saw food as key to the developing culture of the United States, penning two essays presenting maize as the defining grain of America.
Eighmey revives and re-creates recipes from each chapter in his life. Stirring the Pot with Benjamin Franklin conveys all of Franklin's culinary adventures, demonstrating how Franklin's love of food shaped not only his life, but also the character of the young nation he helped build.
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By ilaria maria sala on 04-02-18
Great story ruined by bad reader +no downloadables
What disappointed you about Stirring the Pot with Benjamin Franklin?
The reading is annoying, unclear and cheerful in all the wrong bits. Requires excessive concentration to understand what the narrator is reading, and for the French part, once again, the French pronunciation is dismal. Really, if you are reading a book partially set abroad, the narrator should have at least a passing ability to pronounce that language. Otherwise, you are so busy cringing that you have no idea what is being said. Dreadful, dreadful narrative. Also, the book comes with recipes. Which you cannot download. So totally useless.
What did you like best about this story?
the story is excellent. Killed by narrator and lack of downloadables.
What didn’t you like about Pam Ward’s performance?
Artificial, cheerful for no reason, unclear, bizarre pace, and terrible at pronouncing foreign words.Puts weird stress in random words, as if this was some kind of romance novel. It's history, so you really wish she was less into theatrics and more into clarity.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?