What are they really telling us about our collective gastronomic legacy?
Catherine de Medici & the "introduction" ice cream to France "How curious then, in modern times--meaning from the mid ninteenth century on--it has come to be believed that Catherine de Medici was accompanied to France by a bevy of Italian confectioners who taught their French colleagues how to make ices and frozen sherbets.
George at Windsor in May 1671 One Plate of Ice Cream'. Although its adoption then owed much to French contacts in the period following the American Revolution, Americans shared 18th century England's tastes and the English preference for ice creams over water ices, and proceeded enthusiastically to make ice cream a national dish." ---Oxford Companion to Food, Alan Davidson [Oxford University Press: Oxford] 1999 (p.
A number of British cookbooks of the eighteenth century contain ice cream formulas. Hannah Glasse's The Art of Cookery Made Easy (1747)--considered by scholars to be the first major cookbook written by a woman in what was until then an almost exclusively male domain.
In 1768 there appeared in Paris what is undoubtedly the most outlandish treatise on the subject ever to be published.
It would be agreeable to nail the legend to its origin.
The second English writer, who did more than Haywood to establish the Medici story, was Mrs. Very probably she had read it in The Art of Dining.
18-19) Recommended reading On the Web Ice Cream, International Dairy Foods Association Ice Cream, University of Guelph Ice cream myths & legends No other food boasts offers more legends of discovery than ice cream. On the other hand, sometimes it's more interesting to embrace myths in context rather than deconstruct for scientific purpose.
This tribute to popular ubiquity merits examination. The stories are as delectable as the product itself.Hayward, new edition [John Murray: London] 1883 (p. Beeton's statement reads thusly: "Do ladies know to whom they are indebted for the introduction of ices, which all the fair sex are passionately fond of? Hess observes: "the first American recipe that I know of that features vanilla on its own is one for vanilla ice cream in Mary Randolph's The Virginia Housewife, 1824; similar recipes had, however been appearing in France, and Jefferson brought back one in 1784, showing once again how tht printed word lags behind usage." Source: Martha Washington's Booke of Cookery, transcribed by Karen Hess [Columbia University Press: New York] 1981 (p.--To Catherine de' Medici." (General Observations: Ices, last paragraph). 13) [About vanilla.] Our survey of 18th-early 19th century English and American cookbooks confirms fruit ice creams were probably the most popular.This claim (as well as his introducing pasta to Italy) are questionable.The ice creams we enjoy today are said to have been invented in Italy during the 17th century. "French-style" ice cream (made with egg yolks) and its American counterpart, "Philadelphia-style," are (no eggs, or egg whites only) enriched products made with the finest ingredients. Food historians tell us this type of ice cream originated in the 17th century and proliferated in the early 18th. " European introduction myths & legends early American flavors first USA ice cream parlor?