Press

For press and media highlights for my book, Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine, go here.

NYC City Tour Guides Take Visitors Off The Beaten Path
By Anne Kadet
Wall Street Journal, October 3, 2017
“Sarah Lohman’s passion—the American immigrant experience seen through the lens of culinary history—is a narrow topic for sure. How do you monetize that? For the Lower East Side gastronome it means publishing a book, working museum gigs and maintaining a blog. But her fourth sideline sounds the most amusing: she takes tourists on eating expeditions around the city.”

Is Real Vanilla Always Better Than Imitation Vanilla?
By Joe Sevier
Epicurious, March 24, 2017
“Culinary historian Sarah Lohman makes the argument that there are times when imitation vanilla extract is actually preferable to pure. 😮  ‘I believe there is a time and place to use every version of vanilla in your kitchen: Bean, natural extract, and imitation extract,’ she writes.”

What Today’s Cooks on a Budget Can Learn From Tenement Life
By Barbara Hoffman
New York Post, March 14, 2017
“Lohman tried living on what she calls “a poverty diet” eight years ago, when she found an 1877 pamphlet titled “Fifteen Cent Dinners,” outlining meals that could feed a family of six for $3 a week.”

Devouring (and Drinking) American History
by Corey Kilgannon
New York Times November 16, 2016
“Ms. Lohman calls herself a ‘historic gastronomist,’ explaining that she searches old cookbooks and other records to recreate forgotten recipes as a way of studying history and the effects of earlier cooking on modern eating habits. Part of her work involves putting herself through eating experiments, which she calls “an elaborate form of performance art.”

How a Historian Experienced Post-Election Grief and Used Food to Find New Purpose
by Chase Purdy
Quartz November 18, 2016
“Everyone eats, and Lohman has found that people of all creeds and colors enjoy asking questions about food—that it’s a medium people are comfortable using to investigate other cultural issues. Employing food and her immersion-style research as a conversation starter, Lohman hopes to focus more of her attention on telling the stories of American immigrant communities.”

Museums Offer Food for Thought
by Sophia Hollander
Wall Street Journal May 24, 2016
“There is a tendency to look back and think, “they were all Jewish—they all wanted the same thing, they came from the same background and for the same reasons and that is not true,” said Sarah Lohman, who studies the history of food and who developed the program for the museum. “I wanted to use food to break apart that nostalgia.”

A Culinary Tour of the Lower East Side
The Bowery Boys podcast
April 18, 2016
Join Tom as he experience the tastes of another era by visiting some of the oldest culinary institutions of the Lower East Side. From McSorley’s to Katz’s, Russ & Daughters and Economy Candy — when did these shops open, who did they serve, and how, in the world are they still with us today? He explores the topic with author Sarah Lohman.

#9 Pigeons
Surprisingly Awesome podcast
March 22, 2016
“There’s often reasons why we don’t eat certain foods anymore. You know? It’s a small bird without a lot of meat and a very, very distinct taste and texture, that’s not going to appeal to everybody.”

The Scoop on Ice Cream
Gastropod
July 28th, 2015
Grab your spoons and join us as we bust ice-cream origin myths, dig into the science behind brain freeze, and track down a chunk of pricey whale poo in order to recreate the earliest published ice cream recipe. In the episode, historical gastronomist Sarah Lohman scored some wildly expensive ambergris in order to recreate Lady Anne Fanshawe’s ice cream; listen in to hear our verdict on the taste.

Mourning the Matzo
All Things Considered
NPR
April 1, 2015
An interview with NPR’s All Things Considered on the closing of the Streit’s Matzo factory on the Lower East Side, after 90 years in business. “We aren’t really losing this product, or this family, or this business,” Lohman says. “It’s still very much a part of New York history and Jewish history in America.”

Back Of The House: The Fascinating Work of a Historic Gastronomist
By Jaya Saxena
Serious Eats, February 26th, 2014
‘”Historic Gastronomist’ is a title Lohman came up with to describe her mission of discovering American history through food, and using those findings to illuminate our current eating habits. ‘Molecular gastronomists, or modernists, use modern technology to advance cuisine and our knowledge of food,’ she explains. ‘I use history.”‘

Sarah Lohman, Foodie Historian: OLD RECIPES, RETRIED
By Jessica Weisberg
The New Yorker blog, Sept. 28, 2012
“Lohman is serious, but lighthearted, about her work; she’s a skilled cook, but she seems to most enjoy the treasure hunts that certain recipes require. For an early-twentieth-century bread recipe that called for “cheese tang,” which Lohman deduced to be an extinct powdered-cheese product, she substituted an instant-mac-and-cheese flavor packet. (It turned out quite well.)”

Must-Have Gadgets for the Kitchen? Think Again.
By William Grimes
New York Times, March 20, 2012
“‘What we should be asking is, what are the simplest tools that are most effective?” she said. “It’s very difficult to find a tool that makes things easier rather than adding an extra step.’” Read the full article here.