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A Taste Of History

A side of History that you have to Taste!

Watch as Chef Walter Staib voyages all over the world to historical locations into famous kitchens and local markets to bring you A Taste of History. The cooking show travels, educates, and brings American culinary heritage to life by recreating the founding fathers’ elegant and sumptuous dishes.


A Taste of History, seen nationwide on PBS and RLTV, will have you hopping off your couch and getting in the kitchen in no time. Chef Staib cooks exotic and historical recipes with local chefs on the beaches of Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, Grenada and St Lucia, the shores of the Delaware River, in the jungle of Malaysia and the waterfalls of Guyana. He takes tea with Martha Washington, serves ice cream to Dolley Madison, climbs the great wall of China, has a tea ceremony with a geisha in Kyoto, Japan and sets sail from Rochefort, France with a tribute dinner to Lafayette.


Stay tuned for the most delicious, award winning TV of your life. Cook along for the best dishes your family will ever taste – and learn about American history while you’re doing it. Try venison, pheasant, ostrich, and eel; fry fish, celery, calves feet, and oysters; sauté wild mushrooms and kohlrabi, braise beets and sunchokes, and go back to the classics, with stuffed cabbage, mashed potatoes, turkey stew with egg noodles and beef brisket. Bake bread, tarts and Martha Washington’s Chocolate Mousse cake, follow along as the adventures in history continue.

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In the sixth season of A Taste of History, Chef Staib makes it personal. He tours viewers through his 18th century restaurant, City Tavern, and goes on a voyage home to the Black Forest to cook with his mom in her kitchen. Chef Staib also travels to London to Ben Franklin’s house, the Great Wall of China, St. Lucia, France and much more. He goes to The Jefferson Pools in Hot Springs, Virginia, to nutmeg groves in Grenada, battlefields along the Delaware and cooks local, historic dishes, such as roast leg of venison, braised rabbit, gingerbread and poached pears, to name a few.

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In season five, Chef Walter Staib delves into historic locations near and far, including a trek to South Africa, a journey to America’s western plains to experience native American culture and cuisine, and a flight to Kyoto and Kobe, Japan to learn about the ancient art of sushi and beef. Chef Staib cooks Johnny cakes in Nassau, does a tribute to the Liberty bell, the Start Spangled Banner and to the King of Prussia. He travels back in time with recipes including short ribs with red polenta, roasted veal shank, Hungarian goulash, liver dumplings, Kobe beef and for dessert, corn and cranberry pancakes, Martha Washington’s chocolate mousse cake and apple strudel.

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Chef Walter Staib brings the 18th century to life in his cooking show. Watch all thirteen episodes of season four as he visits Malaysia, Jamaica, Guyana the homes of John Adams and James Monroe and recaps the first five presidents. He cooks sophisticated recipes, such as tripe a la mode, rib roast and stuffed veal breast and Martha Washington’s ‘excellent cake.’ Staib also presents simple mainstays, including beef brisket and potato, cauliflower casserole.

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Chef Walter Staib cooks in the kitchens of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Garden & Estates, James and Dolley Madison’s Montpelier, Charles Thomson’s Historic Harriton House, John Bartram’s Gardens, and visits the shores of Jamaica & Exuma to bring the cuisine of the 18th century alive! Inspired by his visits to historical locations, he cooks roasted, stuffed grouse, veal kidney dijonaise, curried tofu with shrimp, roasted leg of lamb, beef olives, mashed potatoes and more.

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Best known as the acclaimed chef and proprietor of Philadelphia’s City Tavern, Walter Staib brings American history to life. From Colonial Williamsburg to the historic Harriton House, he explores America’s culinary beginnings and gets to know such notables as Charles Thomson, Dr. Philip Syng Physick, Betsy Ross, General Lafayette and more through the food they ate and the recipes they prepared. Chef Staib cooks meals inspired by his historical heroes over an open hearth, including Virginia ham, citrus marinated salmon, crow roast of pork, vol au vent with sweetbreads and more.

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In the first season, Chef Walter Staib premieres his show at telling tales and cooking famous recipes of the Revolutionary War in America. From ladling up Pepperpot Soup at Washington’s Crossing to stuffing cabbage in Thomas Jefferson’s kitchens at Monticello, Chef Staib travels deep into history to bring forth the recipes of the past. He learns about Martha Washington, Ben Franklin, the wines of Madeira, the spices of the West Indies and more.

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Watch Chef Staib make crème brulee the old fashioned way

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