A Fine Dessert

Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat

Schwartz  & Wade/Random House, 2015.  Illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Four families, in four different cities, over four centuries, make the same dessert: blackberry fool.  This richly detailed book shows how food, technology, and even families have changed throughout American history.  

In 1710, a girl and her mother in Lyme, England, prepare a blackberry fool, picking wild blackberries and beating cream from their cow with a bundle of twigs. The same dessert is prepared by a slave girl and her mother in 1810 in Charleston, South Carolina; by a mother and daughter in 1910 in Boston; and finally by a boy and his father in present-day San Diego.  

Includes a recipe for blackberry fool and notes from the author and illustrator about their research. 

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