Fannie’s last supper
Chris Kimball is the founder of Cook’s Illustrated and host of America’s Test Kitchen. In Fannie's Last Supper he details a re-creation of a multi-course dinner based on the Fannie Farmer cookbook of 1896. The result is an interesting amalgram of cooking history, a walking tour of Boston, the complexities of making recipes from over a hundred years ago palatable to modern taste, and transferring the whole to film. The film was shown on PBS in 2010 but apparently never released on DVD though I did find an excerpt on You Tube. Recipes are included, in some cases those from Fannie Farmer and also their final adaptations. I might never use the recipes but it was an eye-opening and often humorous look at how much has changed in the kitchen and gave me a whole new insight to the saying “making it from scratch”.