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Bravetart: A Groundbreaking History Of Iconic American Desserts

Bravetart. Iconic American Desserts by Stella Parks.
Bravetart. Iconic American Desserts by Stella Parks.

The Food Guys discuss their new cookbook rave, "Bravetart" by Stella Parks. "It's not a labor of love, it's a labor of devotion." says Jon Jackson.

Parks researched the book, a history of desserts, for five years. All sorts of favorites are included - you can make classics at home while you learn about their history.

Just one example of the book's sleuthing is its examination of key-lime pie. In spite of its name, this recipe for curdled milk, lime juice, egg yolk and a graham cracker crust wasn't developed in the Florida Keys. It came straight from Borden Dairy.

On the topic of graham crackers: Greg vows to never buy them from a store again. You can make them yourself at home with whole wheat flour, butter, cane syrup (or honey), golden syrup, a tablespoon of vanilla, and cinnamon.

Another myth busted by "Bravetart:" your canned pumpkin pie filling is actually butternut squash!

Listen now for more fascinating food history.

(Broadcast: "The Food Guys," 07/22/18. Listen weekly on the radio at 11:50 a.m. Sundays, or via podcast.)

Greg Patent is co-host of The Food Guys on Montana Public Radio. He won the Pillsbury bake-off when he was 19 years old. His cookbook, Baking in America, won the 2003 James Beard Award for best baking book of the year.
Jon Jackson is co-host of The Food Guys and a frequent guest on Jazz Sessions at Montana Public Radio. He is a mystery writer and jazz music expert with a passion for great food.